We celebrated New Years with a neighborhood gathering at our house on New Years Eve. Talk about a bountiful feast! Another highlight (other than fattening food we all promised to give up starting the next day) was a game we played where guests wrote something personal about themselves and we had to guess who the card belonged to. What a hoot! Neighbors wrote things like: “I was expelled in the sixth grade” and “At one time my family owned seven VW bugs” and my personal favorite, “I crashed my car into a tree during my driving test…and still passed!”
We all guessed, and joked, and laughed. Which inspired me to write “laugh more” on my list of resolutions for 2011. I think we forget how important laughter is to the body, mind and spirit. We all had a great time and felt a little closer to our neighbors after the night was over.
Resolutions are an interesting topic. We tend to make some pretty tough ones and a year later find we haven’t lost the 15 pounds and didn’t work exercise into our daily routine. But in my opinion, it’s still worth setting those kinds of goals. They remind us to take care of ourselves and focus on what’s important.
For me, important resolutions for 2011 include:
-- Laugh more!
-- Check e-mail 3 x a day (not 37
-- Call my parents and mother-in-law more frequently
-- Set up a “date night” with my husband (we’re empty nesters) at least once a month
-- See more upbeat movies (I’m a big movie fan)
-- Focus on eating healthier foods, as opposed to focusing on what junk food I’m trying to avoid
-- Give the kitty more attention (He got sick over the holidays and the vet said it was stress-related. He’s looking so much better above, don’t you think?)
That’s a good start, and somewhat realistic. I think the key to achieving goals is working them into your routine, so I’ll set certain days to call the parents, and figure out my meals for the next day the night before. As far as the kitty goes, I bought a book called “Psycho Kitty” (I’m not kidding) written by a Certified Animal Behavior Consultant to help me figure out how to de-stress his environment. Maybe I’ll learn something to help the rest of our family!
What are some of your resolutions this year? And since I’ve got “more upbeat movies” on my list, do you have any recommendations?