A Week of Reflection

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I just love this little bag man 😉  He LOVES bags and will attempt to squeeze himself into any size bag — no matter if it's too small.

I tend to spend the week between Christmas and New Year's reflecting on the past year and making some decisions about what I'm going to do differently for the new year.  I have some pretty strong ideas about what I'm going to do differently in 2011.  

  • Exercise, exercise and more exercise.  I have felt SO lethargic this year because I haven't exercised regularly, and I know I have complained about it here more than once.  I am the only one who can change this and I am going to do it.  I have a gym membership I haven't used in months and that's just criminal.  I know I will feel better with a regular workout routine.  I'm tired of not having any energy.  (Although I think my mother would vehemently disagree with me on that point).
  • Conscious eating.  I joined Weight Watchers online to get a grip on these extra pounds I have been dragging around and can't seem to get rid of.  I did Weight Watchers online before, and it turned out much like my exercise routine did this year, basically non-existent.  I didn't follow the program and really didn't care.  That attitude sucks.  A post on Cathy Zielske's blog has helped motivate me in the right direction.  I also want to be more conscious about eating meat, and slowly attempt to wean myself off of it.  For good.  And that goes for dairy as well.  Not saying it will happen this year, but that's a goal I have set for myself.  There's way too much cruelty in the way meat and dairy is processed, unless I go local and all organic, which is a goal as well.  Enough said.  (I think this may mean giving up my addiction to the Food Network 🙁  )
  • Declutter.  My mind as well as my house.  I want to spend some time meditating every day, just to clear the cobwebs.  I have diligently practiced meditation before and had great results.  I don't know why we tend to walk away from what is working in our lives.  As far as my house, I really need to go through and purge A LOT of stuff.  I am much better at getting rid of things than I used to be, but I still need to keep on top of the stuff that manages to find its way into my house on a regular basis.
  • Finish Projects.  I have a lot of unfinished projects that are just taking up space in my house, in my brain and on my computer.  I want to make it a top priority to finish:  my quilt (which I have been working on since the mid-1990s.  I am ALMOST finished), several online classes that I have signed up for and started but haven't finished, transfer my photo library to Lightroom, back up my photos onto DVDs, and complete my Christmas journal for this year (I am so behind).

I also like to focus on what went right, and not beat myself up too much about what didn't happen.  That's what New Year's Resolutions are for, after all.

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