2015_16Hello 2016, I see you peeking around the corner.  I’m not a big fan of New Year’s Resolutions, and I imagine you know why.  Honestly, each year we vow to lose weight, save money, go to the gym, become a perfect human being. Who are we kidding?  Who am I kidding?  Before I turn the calendar to February, the diet is toast, the exercise machine is a coat rack and that oh-so-perfect budget is badly broken.  So this year, I’m making some random resolutions.  Not necessarily for the New Year, and some of them not likely to get much attention.  But, I think they’re attainable and perhaps, come next November, some of the items on my little list will be a regular part of my life.  Thats the plan, anyhow.  Wish me luck.

Okay, here they are.  In no particular order, the little things that I hope to turn into good habits.

  1. Write for an hour each and every day.  Doesn’t matter what, but write something.  Fiction, brainstorming, outlining and blogging all count.  Texting, Tweeting and Facebook posts do not.  Set the alarm clock and get it done.
  2. Knit often.
  3. Shave my legs even during those months when others won’t notice.
  4. Appreciate others, and let them know I do.
  5. Keep the stash of made-ahead breakfasts ample and ready.
  6. Call or write (for real, on paper) an old friend at least once a month.
  7. Send a college care package now and then.
  8. Feed my kombucha at least twice a week.
  9. Forgive.
  10. Quit yelling at other drivers, tv newscasters, and debating politicians.  They don’t listen anyhow.
  11. Hug and kiss hubs more times than he expects, every single day. See item number four.
  12. Read daily. Texts, Instagram, Pinterest do not qualify.
  13. Travel.
  14. Forget the photo-a-day challenge and just take a shot when it makes sense.  Then do something with the photo.  This could come in handy when trying to complete item number one.
  15. Moisturize.
  16. Bake cookies or make candy at least once a month.  Share them.
  17. Watch his television shows without complaining.  Smile and use that time to complete item number five.
  18. Answer the phone even when I know it is a car salesman.  When I finally make a decision, I’ll be glad I did.
  19. Water the plants before they wilt.
  20. Schedule the damn mammogram.  Keep the appointment.