When I sat down and started thinking about resolutions for 2007, I couldn’t remember whether or not I made any resolutions last year. Luckily, I have this handy blog which allows me to go back and see what I was thinking this time last year. I did not make any resolutions last year beyond stating that I was getting ready to start treatment at a new fertility clinic, and that I was trying really hard to be hopeful that 2006 would be the year I got pregnant. Well, obviously, that didn’t happen, but the new clinic did discover my diabetes, so at least I’m closer than I was this time last year.
It’s funny – in some ways I’ve changed a lot over the last year, but in others, I’m in almost the exact same place. The diabetes completely changed my life around, of course, so my life has a different focus on exercise and health issues that it didn’t have at the beginning of last year. I’m 35 pounds lighter and way more fit, which is pretty darn cool. I’m still struggling to find the right work/life balance, although I have my good days and my bad days. For the most part, I fit in everything I want to fit in to my life, so I think I’m doing ok overall. In the “exact same place” column, I’m getting ready to head back to the fertility clinic to evaluate where matters stand now that my diabetes is firmly under control. And once again I’m trying to be hopeful that this year is the year I finally get pregnant.
Getting pregnant isn’t really the sort of thing that can be a resolution, though. I can only do so much and then it is pretty much out of my control. So, that aside, here are my 2007 resolutions:
1. Actually have a financial plan. We’re pretty casual about money --probably too casual. This year I will create a budget and stick to it. Build up our savings. Start an IRA, because we really need more than what I’ve got in my 401k. Get more life insurance. Do grownup stuff like write a will.
2. Be neater. I don’t mind clutter all that much, although I do like the house better when it is tidy. It makes John nuts, though, so for his sake, I’m going to try to be better about putting stuff away.
3. Reach out to others more. I tend to keep my head down and get very caught up in my day to day life. I want to make more of an effort to let my friends and family know how important they are to me.
4. Take a writing workshop. I think I could be a better writer. I think a workshop might help.
5. Work on being a better boss to my employees. I’ve benefited mightily from the excellent mentors I’ve had in my career. Now I want to be sure I pass that along to the people who work for me.
6. Do more to help others. Whether it is running the Race for the Cure or other 5Ks, donating money, or finding places to do volunteer work, I could do a whole lot more to help others than I do now.
7. Write in this blog more regularly. I feel better when I update frequently. And I think the more I write, the easier it is to express myself clearly.
8. Worry less about what other people think. I have confidence in myself. Why do I bother worrying about other people?
9. Try more new things – new exercise classes, expand the types of books I read, keep my mind open, learning and growing, instead of settling for the safe and familiar.
10. Lose the rest of the weight I want to lose, and sooner rather than later. Hit my goal and then focus on maintaining.
There they are. I think they are pretty attainable. And I have 12 months to get them all done!
So what resolutions have you made?