for a better 2013…


Recently I came across a list of new year’s resolutions I made in middle school; the first of which was something along the lines of, “this year I’m going to try to gossip less about my friends.” Yikes. {Dear current friends, I swear I’ve grown up a lot since 12. I love you all.}

I can’t remember many resolutions since. While I love the feeling of a fresh start come January 1st,  I’m usually not among the first-in-line-for-the-treadmill-at-the-gym crowd. Because as we all know by February 1st (or sooner) two-thirds of that crowd will be back on the couch with a Big Grab of Lays, so I save the space for the people who actually work out all year. And I can’t stick to a restrictive diet to save my life because I come from a long line of southern people who love to eat, so why bother? I try to maintain a decent balance all year long, so I don’t feel the need for a crazy overhaul when the new one begins.

With that said, I do have a few thoughts {mini-goals} for myself to make this new year a great one. Here they are, in no particular order:

  • Work a little less.
  • Continue your less-is-more budget through the entire year.
  • Turn off the TV and read more books.
  • Don’t feel guilty if you want to spend an entire day off napping in your PJs.
  • Honor old traditions, and create a few new ones.
  • Make more time to call and visit the people who love you.
  • Remember that you are what you eat.
  • Set aside some time each day to meditate and pray.
  • Journal. You’re going to want to remember these crazy days.
  • Take Doak on more walks.
  • Volunteer.
  • Keep in mind, “Comparison is the thief of joy.”
  • Fly by the seat of your pants now and then.
  • Live with open hands.

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  1. 1.4.14

    I like the idea of mini goals. I feel as though we feel a better sense of accomplishment when they are completed.

  2. 1.11.13

    I love your mini goals! I specifically like the call people one. I know I forget to do this often.

  3. 1.5.13
    cynt5525 said:

    Reblogged this on cynthiajacksonblog.

  4. 1.2.13
    Linda said:

    This morning I read your junior high resolution and almost spit out my tea laughing. It sounds like a resolution I would have written along with “Buy more purple jeans.”

    I hope you and your family have a wonderful new year! Keep posting bouquet ideas from your clients. Goodness knows I need them. :o)

    • 1.8.13

      One can never have enough purple jeans, L. Or snotty preteen resolutions for “self-improvement” ;-)

  5. 1.2.13
    Clairsi said:

    Reblogged this on There's No Place Like Home.

  6. 1.2.13

    Great list! Definitely food for thought :)

  7. 1.2.13

    This is great. Just great! “Comparison is the thief of joy.” I know I’m guarding mine! Great post dear!

  8. 1.2.13
    steffy said:

    Excellent resolutions! Happy new year.

  9. 1.2.13
    Vanja said:

    Those are great resolutions. Happy New Year! Hope to see you back on Instagram soon…I always love looking at your photos.

  10. 1.1.13
    Shon said:

    Great stuff! I feel the same about setting mini goals that are more attainable than huge, lofty ones. I really love that quote about comparison. I never thought about comparing in that way before.

    Happy 2013!!

    • 1.2.13

      I heard that quote a year or so ago, and it’s one of my favorites. Happy new year!

  11. 1.1.13
    bodyparty said:

    Reblogged this on bodyparty.

  12. 1.1.13

    What a profound quote…Comparsion is a thief of joy…I like it. I’m so guilty of comparing. ahh!

    Happy New Year and best wishes!