"A new year's resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other." - Author Unknown
Yes, it's that time of year again. That time when people around the world resolve to better themselves in defined ways - creating a list of ideals in which they currently fall short but will surely measure up to in the coming year. Oh, you know the common ones. Lose weight. Exercise more. Eat healthier. Spend less money. Invest more in family and friends. -- All noble pursuits, of course. Though quite often difficult to achieve for 365 days...
A few years back, my dearest friend Caitlyn and I resolved to address various shortcomings in our lives (that is, the precious few that she and I have ;-) and challenge ourselves to betterment in matters great and small. She was living in Boston at the time and I in Blacksburg, VA. One in the midst of a new job - the other beginning a new chapter of education. Eager to bridge the miles between and the differences in our worlds, we had the grand idea of creating monthly resolutions - a fresh goal on the first of every month to gallantly commit to achieving in the coming 30 days. They varied from month to month, ranging in significance but each unique and original.
Sadly, for whatever reason, the concept fizzled after a year. Ahhh, but this month, my friends, at the beginning of a fresh year, the time has come to bring the tradition back. Now living near each other in Northern Virginia, I'm not-so-secretly blissfully excited to let the fun begin. :)
But, alas, what resolution to choose for that import first month?? Such pressure to make it a good one - to set the bar high for expectations of future months! And oh, did I try to come up with that perfect choice.
Sigh. I dreamed of creativity and uniqueness, and instead I fell victim to stereotype. You see, like most January 1st resolution makers, I too feel the need to make better use of that ol' gym time. Oh, but I have an ulterior motive. You see, I'll be lounging on the beaches of Maui, HI in (gasp!) 42 days, and, like any gal, the vision of bikinis immediately comes to mind. Oh motivation, indeed.
So, resolution #1: run at least 4 days a week. Now this may not seem like much of a challenge to some people, but let me assure you, it is for me. An ever-enthusiastic walker, I hate running. When I walk, I enjoy every step and my mind wanders the gamut of imagination and to-do lists. When I run, I think about how much I hate what I'm doing at that moment. Oh my, am I setting myself up for a fun month. ;-)
And don't worry. I'll let you know how it turns out...