January 1st brings me the same kind of hope as Monday mornings.
Invariably throughout the year I decide to eat right and exercise my body and brain better, maybe try organizing a closet or fix the household budget, and Monday is almost always a good day to start. So I go to sleep Sunday night fully prepared to turn over a new leaf right? Then things deteriorate (or never get started) as they sometimes do and I surrender for a fresh start on the next available Monday. But today isn’t a Monday morning, it’s the first day of a whole new year. There are colossal things to change, to build, to overcome, to do! But sadly, the enthusiasm will wane and my colossal ambitions are most often also colossal failures. This year however, things will be different.
Last year I divided my annual “what could I improve” list into three areas: Home, Health, and Hobby. I will rate myself a 5.5 for overall all success since life is about the journey after all. Here’s my report for each of the three categories.
For home I inventoried the house, I made a list of all the things that I thought needed to be done and prioritized them as a 1, 2, or 3. Between my husband and I we did most of the 1’s, some of the 2’s and I’m not sure what happened with the 3’s because we lost the list.
To improve my health I squeezed in a physical on December 29th and no surprises there. My cholesterol is too high.
As for hobby, look for my article in a soon to be released issue of Family Fun Magazine! I revived my blog, started a new Facebook page and have two regular writer’s groups… go me.
That all sounds pretty good but I still think that in 2015 I can still be more successful. Not that I feel bad about last year but can’t we all find room to improve? So in an effort to find some coaching and inspiration, I turned to some self help books and here’s what I discovered. There is help for everything and it only takes 30 days! I mean they claim a total transformation in just 30 days. I’m not kidding about this.
When it comes to home, there are many 30 day programs to help you declutter, fung shui, or clean up. Here’s my favorite all in one – How to fix your cluttered, messy house in just 30 days
According to the book titles in the health category, you can fix your waistline, your heart, memory, buns and butts in thirty days. This book however claims it will take you to perfection. Click here for perfection
Hobbies are always good idea. In addition to writing, I enjoy a good crochet project, a card game, maybe even a game of chess, or I can continue to work on my favorite thing and finish my novel in just 30 days. All good links, go look.
But the mother lode of change – habits – can be address in this 30 day remedy! I’ll have to see if it’s in the library and break my worst habit of one-click amazon shopping.
Good luck to everybody with your quests to self improve this year. I know it’s possible, after all, look at all the books they’ve written!
Happy New Year 2015, good health and happiness for all 365 days !