Thursday, January 2, 2014

January Second . . . and New Year's Resolutions

It's January 2nd . . .
January 2 is the second day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 363 days remaining until the end of the year (364 in leap years). 

I didn't even think about making a New Year's Resolution until yesterday afternoon and I haven't read too much about anybody else making resolves for 2014, either.  I decided that I'd change the word 'resolution' to 'goals' and here are a few of mine:

1)  Manage my health and wellness by consciously eating healthily and getting to (and 
     not advancing beyond) a maximum weight goal
2)  Continue work progress on a sustainable budget plan and maintain a written status
3)  Write creatively every day, with some 'forgiveness' for days off(!)
4)  Continue foreign-language study by listening, reading and taking advantage of
     possibilities for conversation in French and Spanish
5)  Continue daily English grammar study Daily email 
6)  Continue travels and adventures in Floribunda, etc. 
7)  Tick off Bucket List items - mostly having to do with traveling in North America and 
     far-off places
8)  Etc., etc., etc.

I've done my share of 'promising myself' to think, feel, act better in the new year - maybe 55 or 60 times in my life.  In doing a little reading about New Year's Resolutions on my favorite 'encyclopedia' Click here, I've learned just a little more of what I already knew.  In a couple of words, they usually don't work - the resolutions, that is!

However, of the about 55 or 60 New Year's resolutions I've made throughout my life, I happily recall one that did stick . . . In December of 1979 I resolved that from the time I woke up on New Year's Day 1980, I would never smoke again and, I haven't!  Why it stuck I can't be completely sure; but, I know I decided to break the resolve down into what I imagined to be manageable increments of ONE DAY.  So, on my new 1980 calendar, displayed prominently in my kitchen, at the end of each day I crossed off another successful day.  After about three months I stopped feeling the necessity of X-ing out each day; however, that didn't put an end to those dreams (more like nightmares) that came along every so often - smoking dreams.  Yikes!  In the morning I had to tell myself it was only a dream!
So, now in my 35th year of smoke-free living, I admit that I still feel very pleased with myself, but I never forget that it is a day by day choice.

On the topic of New Year's resolutions I looked to see what some of the most popular "promises to myself" are: Resolutions

Do you believe in New Year's Resolutions?  
Have you made any for this year?
I'd love to hear from you.
Happy New Year!


  1. How about adding another goal....Try to meet more fellow RV Bloggers. :) Hope you have a wonderful New Year Mary-Pat. --Dave (

    1. You're absolutely right; that should be one of my top goals. Hope Marcia is feeling better today.

  2. Mary-Pat, these are wonderful goals. I'm so proud of you for not smoking. I never have, but I've watched relatives die of lung cancer. Not pretty, and way too early.

    I look forward to your travels!

    1. Hi Pat:
      Thanks for stopping by. I'm always interested in you quilting tales. On of these days I'll try a small project but right now, I don't even have a sewing machine. Talk about starting from scratch!

  3. nope, never been much on a magic 12:01 resolution ... my life has always been a surprise and most of the time, I like it that way. I would wake up one morning and decide ... this is what I'm going to do right now …

    I have always kept a journal of sorts ... I have columns for various objectives ~ goals. no time line. just stuff I know I need to do. I know me well enough to know that saying it ... ain't going to make it so. Every day ... I try to live in the moment with the intent of having another moment...

    I am an optimist. To me, this means ... I want to be healthy and happy. Well, don't we all.... then I get tickled with such a lofty goal ... know what I have to do to be healthy and happy ... and proceed with accomplishing that for the moment to DO what would make me healthy and happy.

    I became pregnant at 41 ~ surprise! my one and only ... that was my incentive for quitting smoking. I woke up one morning and said ... bye to smokes May, 1984.

    I'm making two, two column entries today …. Why Stay ~ Why Go … and Travel ~ Rent …

    our minds … I think we're all fun todo's … I've tried being serious and I don't like it. I prefer being shallow and self indulgent. !

    1. I'm following along with you on the decision making process. Hope the answer comes without too much angst. I wish I'd kept a journal all those years I thought I didn't have time to write. Geezzz I'd be a lot further ahead than I am now with these attempts to do some creative writing.

  4. It took me a number of attempts to quit smoking. I've been smoke free about 20-25 years. I never thought I would live to see the day that you couldn't smoke in a bar among other places.

    1. I get a kick out of my kids and grandkids who don't know how popular smoking was. Just about everybody I knew smoked. I even quit one time for four and a half years. We went to Trader Vic's in San Francisco and the other woman asked her husband for a cigarette - so I took one, too. Then it was another four or five years before I finally quit for good.

  5. Hi Mary Pat, thanks for visiting and for your comment on my blog.
    My only new year's resolution is to work on some of my goals that I didn't quite finished last year. I don't give myself a time frame, just get things accomplished a little at a time and then cross them off my list. I have enough stress in my life so I don't like to add more by. It's mainly about getting organized so my life will run smoother.

    I met Carolyn quite by accident on Blogger and I became concerned about her while she travelled alone in Homer and I tried to encourage her during some difficult times and we kind of grew on each other, lol.

    I quit smoking cold turkey in 1968 because my baby girl was asthmatic and I decided that smoking cigarette was like rolling dollar bills and lighting them to see them go up in smoke and that did it for me. A self suggestion... I was a heavy smoker and from that day on I never craved a cigarette. I had tried unsuccessfully many times before and was smoking heavier each time I started again.