Happy New Year
Did you make Resolutions this year? Have you already broken them? That is the running joke about Resolutions. We tell ourselves, “I am going to lose weight, get fit, get organized, plan a trip, visit relatives, and fill in the blank”. Be realistic with your Resolutions and more importantly your goals. If you never exercise make a goal for twice a week 30 minutes. If you push yourself, like a very good friend of mine, you may never exercise again. My friend who did not exercise took a 60 minute weight class one day and the next day she did a 60 minute power yoga class. She could barely move for a week and has zero desire to try again. I am very fortunate that I enjoy exercise and I love trying new things. I have started Hot Yoga at Bikram Studio (something I have thought about for years). My daughter, Jessica, came home from college for the Holidays and we tried several different exercise classes including Hot Yoga, Pure Barre, Zumba and a Jazz class at Dance FX. If I won the big Lotto I would join all of these studios, but instead, I purchase Groupon specials or punch cards because I am a full time member of the Omni.
I will share my resolutions with you. One resolution is to call and connect with friends and relatives. I am happy to report that I spoke with my sister-in-law this week; she lives in Patterson, California. I also spoke with a friend who lives on Pensacola Beach, Florida where my family used to live; I planned a trip there in April. Yes! know...I know... it is still just January but you have to admit I have a good jump start on my resolution. I have wanted to spend more time fostering relationships with old friends and family because it is very meaningful and it brings joy to my life. My goal for my resolution is to call one relative or one old friend once a month. This is not out-of-reach or unrealistic. If you have a big family and/or family that live near you, then you probably are dumbfounded by my resolution. I do not have any family that lives near me. My children only have 1 living grandparent; she lives in San Francisco. My children have no First Cousins…..small family.
My other resolution is to get involved in a local non-profit. I read in the Athens Banner Herald about Hugh Acheson, Athen’s famous Chef. He is completely revamping Home Economics classes in Athens, Georgia by implementing Life Skills. He has a board of professionals designing the curriculum. I would love to be involved in an initiative like this. I am setting up a meeting to talk with the Director Almeta Tullos of Seed Life Skills in a couple of weeks. If you want more information visit Seed Life Skills.
What have you been yearning to do? Whatever it is, make it happen this year. Take steps to make it happen. It does not have to be huge or difficult to be life changing. I have a friend that recently took up sewing. She is taking a sewing class where every participant is creating their own personal sewing project. The class is enhancing her life. Be curious and try something new and different.
Have I inspired you to make or keep a resolution for 2016? I hope so; it’s not too late. Take some time to reflect on 2015 and make realistic goals for 2016. How will you reach your goals?
Chief Executive Organizer
Simple Solution Organizing