I haven't seen a thread started yet on New Year's resolutions (I prefer the term goal myself!). DH says he has made the same resolution every year for the past 30 years--"Don't do anything stupid." I like to get a little more specific than that!
I turned 50 this past year and have spent a considerable amount of time reflecting on what I want for the "next" chapter in my life. I gave myself the task of imagining what I would like my life to be if money and work were not impediments. In other words, if I didn't have to work or and money was not an issue, what would my day to day life look like? That has been surprisingly difficult to imagine. I think that's partly because I am very blessed and have a good life as is, and partly because I have been working so long that I can't figure out what life will look like when the day comes that I don't have to work. In any event, in an attempt to try to do this imagining of life without work, I am taking baby-steps and setting some goals that explore my interests for the coming year. They are (in no particular order):
1. Take piano lessons (to see if this is something I would really enjoy or have just always thought about.)
2. Learn more about photography, so I grow from someone who can take a pretty good snapshots by accident into a photographer who knows what it takes to create a good photograph.
3. Develop my cooking skills and entertain more frequently, but casually. My entertaining tends to consist of big productions, so I don't do it as often as I like. I want to be able to entertain with greater ease and with less fuss.
4. Get back into good physical shape. (You knew this one had to be somewhere on the list!) Until this year, I was a regular runner and then about six months ago I just quit. Didn't just quit running, but quit walking or exercising altogether. Have no idea why, but the butt and thigs are sure showing the lack of exercise. I really miss the feel of feeling good, but boy, is it hard to get back in the swing of things.
5. Learn to relax and let go. As a friend told me "Let go and let God." I have GOT to quit fretting over things I have no control over.
There is something about posting my goals on a BB that makes them seem more real than if they are just in my head or on a list on my computer. Thanks for letting me share them here. So, the above is what I will be focusing on in 2008. What about you?