I know most people are making New Year’s Resolutions- setting weight loss goals, writing out a list of stuff to do this year. Usually I get sucked in by this tradition, but this year I refuse to feel guilty for subjecting myself to a list of failed to-dos. NO. NOT THIS YEAR.
Here are some of my magnificent resolutions from January 7, 2002 when I was a senior in high school.
- Go to college
- Play the harp in college
- Be smaller (smaller minded? smaller around the waist? I don’t know.)
- Get a job
- Get a B in Calculus (Really? just a B? c’mon.)
- Go to Prom
You can tell from this list that I had VERY HIGH goals for 2002. Don’t be too specific, 18-year old Micci, otherwise you might have to actually WORK to get something done.
Some might say I am a little bit “Type A” which possibly could be linked to the influence of my father. I said possibly. Since Jazz and I have adopted the theme of “Finding Joy in the Journey” in October, I have been trying to slow down a tad and enjoy the small things in everyday life instead of focusing on the big and dramatic events that suck the life from my soul.
That being said, this year I have made a non-resolution list of small changes I can make that will help me slow down- things that will assist me in gracefully relinquishing my title as Queen of the Tightly Wound and Obsessive Compulsive.
- Stop making the bed on Sundays.
- Let the laundry basket get more than half full.
- Go the speed limit (which is five over the posted speed)
- Call my friends more often, just because.
- Bake delicious food for special occasions.
- Stop deleting unflattering pictures of myself.
- Begin and end the day with a kiss.
- Be more patient with EVERYTHING.
- Read more. Watch less reality television.
- Have fewer freak outs about clutter. It’s just stuff.
- Let Jazz eat more peanut butter straight from the jar.
I’m leaving 12 open because this list is something I want to manipulate and change over the course of the year. “By small and simple things are great things brought to pass.” 2009 will be my year for the small and simple.
What about your 2009?