I’ve never been one to make New Year’s resolutions, but in an effort to be successful in my journey towards living, loving, laughing and finding hope, I’ve decided this is the year I will make resolutions. Before I start, let’s take a look at my defining events of 2010.
1) Trip to Maui – Maui amazed me with all one tiny, little island can hold. A volcano standing over 10,000 ft tall. A rainforest with winding roads, waterfalls and the most beautiful vegetation you’ve ever seen. Beautiful beaches with snorkeling, whale watching and surfing. If I had to pick my heaven on earth, Maui would most certainly be it.
2) Putting down Foster – Until you’ve been faced with the choice of putting your pet to sleep, you don’t understand how excruciatingly difficult that decision can be. It was easily one of the hardest decisions of my life and many tears were shed in the process. To hold a life in your hands and have control over that life (a control that feels more like lack of control) to end suffering. It made me appreciate time spent with my chinchilla’s and the unconditional love a pet brings to the home.
3) My manager’s cancer diagnosis – I realize this event was much more defining for her, but it spiraled me in to a situation where I’m living to work instead of working to live. Fifty-five hour work weeks became the norm and my personal life became non-existent, putting stress on many of my relationships. It took a full three weeks off this December to truly realize the stress I’ve placed on my body and on my relationships.
These defining moments play a big part in my New Year’s resolutions, which are as follows:
1) Finding my own personal heaven closer to home as well as discovering new places of beauty – My goal is to find a sanctuary closer to home that I can go to for happiness. If this ends up being my bedroom, so be it, but I need to find a place that is free from stress. In addition, I’m going to start making those trips I always talk about but never get to. Costa Rica is already on the list for 2011.
2) Make my chinchilla’s a priority – I’m not saying I don’t already shower my little chinchilla babies with love and attention, but I haven’t been as diligent about “play time” as I should and I often take for granted the huge role they play in my happiness. Petland had it right when they created their slogan “Petland pets make life better”. I know my life is fuller with Scout, Finch, Atticus and Blue and I wouldn’t trade them for the world.
3) Work to live instead of live to work – This area covers a tonne of resolutions focused on making myself healthier and happier, resolutions that are important to my overall well-being. Working a more traditional work week, proactively making time to connect with friends and family, taking care of my body through eating well, being active and getting the sleep I need and making time for the activities I love such as card making, photography and painting. These are all things that took the sideline this year while I invested all I had in my job.
4) Reduce my debt – Although this one isn’t directly correlated with any of my defining moments of 2011, there is a connection. When I’m stressed or unhappy I love to spend money. 2010 has been a year I’ve steadily crept in to debt and I want to eliminate (or at least greatly reduce) this debt in 2011.
I’m positive I’m missing other resolutions that are important to address, but maybe a better word for resolution is goal, and maybe we should be evaluating our goals daily, instead of just once a year. Maybe then we would all be a little more successful in our quest to be the best we can be.
Good luck to all on your resolutions for 2011. Sláinte!