Thursday, February 5, 2009

So how are your New Year's Resolutions coming along???

Here we are 5 days into February and I'm just are your New Year's Resolutions coming along??  


Forgot about 'em???

Doing great???

Checking 'em off??

I was messing around online and came across a list of the most popular New Year's Resolutions (These are from

1.  Lose Weight

2. Pay off Debts

3.  Save Money

4. Get a Better Job

5.  Get fit

6. Eat Right

7.  Get a Better Education

8.  Drink Less Alcohol

9.  Quit Smoking

10.  Reduce Stress Overall

Quite a list, huh???  Sound familiar??

How about these funny New Year's Resolutions? (From the same website):

1.  I will do less laundry and use more deodorant.

2.  I will give up chocolates totally.  100%.  Completely.  Honestly...

3.  I will figure out why I really need 9 email addresses.

4.  I will not bore my boss with the same excuse for taking leave.  I will think of some more excuses.

5.  I will stop sending emails to my wife or husband.

6.  I resolve to work with neglected children- my own.

7.  I will spend less than one hour a day on the internet.  This of course will be hard to estimate since I'm not a clock watcher.

8. I will not tell the same story at every get together.

9.  I will not read email or text when I am on the phone with someone else.

10.  I will think of a password other than "password."

I no longer make a list of New Year's Resolutions.  A whole list is a lot to change.  I used to do it in the past, but by Feb I'd already failed.  Instead, each year, I focus on one thing that I'd like to emphasize.

This year, 2009, I am trying to laugh more.  That's it. Laugh more.  Two little words.  It's something that I can think about as I'm going through my days and it's a change that I can make.  2008 was a trying year for me, both emotionally and spiritually.  It was a rough road. Laughter is good for the soul.  I mean the real laugh out loud until tears come...that kind of laughter.  Laughter is healing.  That is why I'm trying to laugh more.

Let me share what I was striving for the past couple of years with you:

Last year, 2008, I was trying to be authentic.   Not that I was a liar before, but there were certain areas in my life where I'd kind of hide behind a mask.

In 2007, I was trying to simplify.  That's it. To all areas, organization, schedule, kids stuff and mine.

I've found that focusing on one little area can bring true change.  It's something that can be achieved.

So, I probably should've posted this post Jan 1....but you know, I've been busy.  I've been living life.  So, I'm sharing it with you now, better late than never.  Who needs a new year to make change?? Start today!


Dani said...

I feel the same way. I love simplicity! My thing this year is to take each day at a time and be thankful. I had a semi resolution that was more of an inspiration from visiting Ecuador. In the orphanage we visited, 19 children sat and read the bible every night together! A couple were as young as mine! We've been doing very well, we're not at 100%, but that's not the point. I love this time we spend learning about God together. Oops, sorry for the looong comment!! Thanks!

Steph said...

yeah I don't do resolutions...but thought I'd help you along! bookmark this blog..she's a baltimore girl so it's all good!

Shannon said...

Funny list!! I like your approach...focusing on one thing.

Jennie said...

My resolution this year is to read through the Bible. Chad and I have tried this many times before and failed, but this time we found a "read through the Bible in 90 days." I think this is more probable for me and I'm already 2 weeks into it. I WILL finish it this time!

Just check my blog once a week to help out your laughing cause. My kids say and do some pretty funny stuff! Also, Kylie literally laughs hysterically, at least once a day. I wish life was that simple and funny to all of us!

Kathi said...

Jennie...I'm doing that too!! In fact it's gonna be my next post...check back! You can do it!!!
Steph...thx for the link. I will def check it out!! :)

Anonymous said...


I no longer make New Years resolutions. Haven't for about 60 years.
Try to do what my dad used to say: "If you are going to do something, and it hurts someone, rethink and be certain there is no other way before the hurt happens."

Love you,