January 03, 2016

Question of the Month

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Michael's question this month: "What are some of the resolutions you have had in the past?"

Number One answer: Lose weight, every year for the last 10 years!  Last year I did it. I juiced almost every morning and now I can take my jeans off without unbuttoning them! (Though some crap hit the fan at the end of September and I've gained a little back.) Sooooo....

Number one resolution for this year is to lose that weight and than some.

One year I made a resolution to start a book club. I did and now they are my best buddies. I don't know what I would do without them.

One year I made a resolution to learn how to ride a horse.  My daughter and her daughters ride so beautifully. I got as far as patting a horses rump and feeding her an apple. Up close and personal, I realized that horses are big. I'm afraid of heights and, who knew, but I'm afraid of horses, too! Learning to ride was a loss and was quickly removed from the list.

For several years I resolved to create my own art studio. Two years ago I did it. I created my own art studio. It was awesome and I worked in it every day for at least 4 hours, sometimes 12 hours when I found myself on a roll. My grandson's little family lives in my art studio now which is a good thing and I know that I will have it back someday. In the meantime, I can work on the book I am writing.

Yes, the book was a resolution for years and years. I finally started it and (2016) I promise you I will finish it this year.

I've probably made the same resolutions as many of you and, at my age, there is a good chance I have made a great deal more resolutions than most of you.

If each year was considered an athletic event; New Year's Resolutions was a team and I was a team the score would be somewhere around 556 (NYR) to 5(ME)!

Hell, at that rate, I am not even in the same Division, so give me some slack!

This year:

Finish my book
Find a new room for my makeshift studio
Say "YES" to things I haven't done
Use "No" a little more often (but with kindness)
Go back on the juicing...I love it and it's good for me
Make more friends
Be adventurous
...and just maybe go back to that cute Kung Fu Master and learn a couple of new moves!


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24 comments:

  1. I rode and showed horses as a teenager. I'm sure I could still feel comfortable and in control on one. Like riding a bike? :-) Good luck on your resolutions.

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    1. We've had two horses. My daughter had a horse while growing up and we boarded my sister-in-laws horse.
      My daughter's horse, Sunday, was a sweetheart and very gentle and I rode her once or twice over the years. I helped the other horse foal and all went well. I guess over time, I've they just seemed to get bigger and I'm not as strong. Weird!

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  2. It sounds like you're pretty good at making your goals work. Good luck with the new weight loss!

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  3. You had one of the best reports I read today. Great on the weight thing. I love horses and riding but have few opportunities to indulge. Good luck with the book writing.

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  4. That's great that you lost weight! YAY! I need to do that. It's not easy. I used to do the stairs every morning. Then my husband redid the step area. He started in the spring, but never got around to putting the handle back on. Errr!

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    1. Mine post is here: http://theapels.blogspot.com/2016/01/what-are-some-new-years-resolutions.html

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    2. Excellent goals on your blog. Love the idea of being more connected.

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  5. I prefer to admire horses from afar too.

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    1. The only way to really appreciate their beauty!

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  6. Here's to accomplishing your goals in 2016!

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    1. Thank you. Keeping my eyes on the goals.

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  7. I've thought about starting a book club for a while now, but have no idea how to get around doing that. That's so cool! Hope you get around to completing all those goals! :)

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    1. Madilyn, I sent out an email to about thirty women who I find interesting, intelligent and open to new ideas or listening to others. Four women immediately said yes. One dropped out after a month or two but her drive was long.

      We've been meeting over two years now, twice a month. It has been an incredible experience and we have all read books we probably never would have on our own. The conversations are rich.

      You should do it! We only have two rules. 1. To show up (meaning bring your whole self to the meeting and invest yourself). 2. Everyone is allowed the freedom to express herself without attack or condemnation. It works!

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  8. Good for you! I share a couple of your goals: finish my book and make more friends :)

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    1. Maybe we can help each other keep on track!

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  9. I wish you all the best with your goals.

    Love,
    Janie

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  10. Purging! I forgot purging. Lots of purging this year starting with books (Basic Wiring from 1949, Basic Practices in Nursing from 1978, Aeronautics from 1968) and tupperware tops!

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  11. This was fun to read :) I love to photograph horses. With my feet planted on the ground!

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    1. Horses are great photo ops and beautiful beings. I'm okay with bike riding.

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  12. I seriously commend you for making resolutions and keeping them. You really are focused and I can admit...I AM NOT!! Lol

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    1. Barb, you must not have noticed that I haven't kept at least 551 of my resolutions. I do so love your positivity! I'm going to focus on that!!!!

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  13. This is probably my favourite post yet. Starting a book club and an art studio sounds VERY cool. Don't worry about failing so many resolutions. One of my favourite sayings comes from comedian Bill Burr, who said "If you bat at .300, you make the All-Star team".

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    1. Thank you, Michael. I'm very proud of the results of the book club and studio. I'm really not worried about not keeping to most resolutions. If I had REALLY wanted those things, goals and results, I would have tried harder and found a way to make them happen.

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