Goodbye 2009!

My Strategies for Better Living in 2010

After a whirlwind holiday season – holing up in my auntie-in-law’s house, scarfing down toffee and pepperment bark (and truffles, champagne and cookies!), along with avoiding the dreaded malls of December – I’m more than ready for a fresh start.  But here’s the thing: I’ve never made a resolution on January 1st, not a one.   In fact, I’ve never been on a diet, never made lists and actually checked them off.  It’s not that I’m lazy or unmotivated, the opposite really, I just like taking life as it comes and making the most of my lemons.  In the spirit of the new year, however, I’ve decided to take part.  I made an Olympian size list in December, wore my eraser down to a nub tidying it up, and came up with my definitive list of attainable resolutions. And,  if you’re wondering why I’m a week and a day behind everybody else, I don’t like to rush into anything.  A whippersnapper 180 from xmas to the new year just didn’t seem wise after all that champagne.

Adrenaline Rush? Yes!

I’ve wanted to break out of my fear circle for years, always finding excused why I shouldn’t do it.  No where have I fared worse that sports.  Funny thing is, I’m athletic.  I canoe and carry my own 100lb pack in the boundary, snorkel amid sharks and barracudas, and I actually like to work out (does that make you sick?  I know, I used to be the same way).  When it comes to trying something new though, I make excuses.  I freeze and start thinking, you’re gonna suck, and you’re gonna get laughed at.  Uproariously, as if anyone ever does that.

 So I signed up for a climbing lesson this Saturday.  And I’m excited!  My wonderful husband already taught me some of the basics and I’m counting on these somewhat simian long arms.  What about you guys?  Ready to break out your daredevil streak and try something new?  I’d love to hear about it.

Locavore?  Creativore?  Create-a-Locavore?

No offense, China, I have nothing against you.  I’m just rooting for my home economy.  I’m sick of buying mass produced, low quality goods.  Make that nauseated by the glut of common crap on our store shelves.  The good news is, there are options out there.  Vintage?  Community crafts and arts?  And what about Etsy?  The talent for diy on that site is amazing!  Much of the art is recycled and even if it isn’t, the money going into the pocket of creativity.  If you’ve never perused their treasury, it’s like a warehouse of handmade, except you’re supporting an artist.  Don’t forget to check out the local section where you can buy from your own community, state, or country (the international stores are incredible, btw, if one were so inclined).

Write Three Books

Some writers whip out a book in a month.  I’m not one of them.  My first book took two years to finish, one year of straight writing, another year of editing and fine tuning.  I’ve learned a lot since then and upon starting my second novel, I’ve been cranking out 2,000 words a day, sometimes more.  The problem is consistency, which I translate as will power.  Simple as that.  So I’m gonna sit my ass in my chair and write, write, write until three manuscripts are sitting on my desk.  Have a similar goal?  Put it out there and we can keep each other accountable!  I like telling everyone I know about my most desired goals.  That way, if I fail when December comes, I’m asked about “progress”.  The horror!  I cringe at the thought of mumbling, “Oh, well, you know.  I got busy, there was really no time . . .”  Having to say that is a lot worse than doing the work!

Now for the trifles:

Read 100 books (fell short at 80 last year.  Waa, right?  I so never have time to read ;)’

Actually cook from my dust collecting cookbooks

Let my husband hear me sing

Assume the happy grin of my boston terrier, Josie

Paint my own piece of art

Read my grandfather’s book

Buy a child the beautiful smile we all deserve to have

????  There’s always room for additions on this list!

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