As another year glides by we remember how during it we misplaced the exuberance unique for the starting out of a new year, the aggressive projects and the emotions of every work dawn. They are probably mislaid in the activities, deadlines, objectives and encounters that we experienced within the days of the year that just slipped away. Whenever a new beginning arrives, our plans have to be looked back on and chronicled to build your New Year’s resolutions.
New Years Ideas
I’m late, I’m late, for a very important date! Perhaps I should just say I’m fashionably late.
While all of my blogging friends were busy writing and posting their Best of 2010 posts or New Year’s Resolutions for 2011, I was slacking.
I feel like the White Rabbit in Lewis Carrol’s Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland – I’m not really a slacker by any means. Please give a gal a break. I still work full time and manage to keep up with a full schedule of review posts, Holiday Gift Guide, work-at-home and blogging advice – not to mention an extended family of husband, adult kids, grandchildren and assorted pets of various species and sexes.
Many years ago, I learned not to make any New Year’s resolutions, because I never kept them. Actually, if I reflected on those that I did make (with every good intention) I’m probably still playing catch-up from my 1960’s and 1970’s Woodstock era.
New Year’s Resolutions are defined as:
A New Year’s resolution is a commitment that an individual makes to a project or the reforming of a habit, often a lifestyle change that is generally interpreted as advantageous.
In reality, how many of us can commit to anything anymore? Whether you’re a mom or a grandmom, with hectic family and work schedules -religious classes; dancing lessons; gymnastics classes or sports events , we can’t even commit to scheduling a date night with our spouse or significant other any longer!
Rather, in my wise Baby Boomer and now WAHM years, I now prefer to set up “Goals.”
By definition, a goal is:
Summarized in the phrase “dream with a deadline,” a goal is an observable and measurable end result having one or more objectives to be achieved within a more or less fixed timeframe. In comparison, a ‘purpose’ is an intention (internal motivational state) or mission. The question, “Has the goal been achieved?” can always be answered with either a “Yes” or “No.” A purpose, however, is not ‘achieved’ but instead is pursued everyday.
So there it is – I have a “dream with a deadline.” I rather like that “more or less” margin of error. I’ll call it my “Bucket List” as it seems to take the pressure off of me.
Plan Ambitious Goals and Objectives in the New Year
Career wise, I’m still hoping to retire soon and score a part-time or full-time consulting or social media PR position; be able to travel more and; enjoy my grandchildren as well.
As a professional freelance blogger and photojournalist (with more than 5 blogs), I’ve made it a goal to change directions and develop not only more relevant resources and content for working at home, but to become selective with the alliances among companies that I choose to partner with.
To effect that end, I’ve had Moomette’s Magnificents redesigned by the magnificent graphic designer, See My Designs by Shauna. Not only did Shauna design and customize the original theme here, she’s also in the process of redesigning Frugal New England Kitchen for me. Frugal New England Kitchen will be my (somewhat) personal and therapeutic blog, where I’ll be opening up and sharing aspects of my family life here in Dysfunction Junction, Connecticut along with advice from the battlefield for moms and grandparents alike. There’s lots of stories that will curl your hair!
Redefine Your Colleagues
Spending all your time conversing with the same burned-out and tired cohorts day-after-day can become harmful to your psyche. It isn’t hard to change this, usually all it takes is finding and joining a new forum or ning site. I intend to make an effort to chat up and befriend someone new that I normally wouldn’t and actually converse with people on Twitter and Facebook rather than seeing it as merely a feed source.
Send Positive Vibrations
I’ll also go back to my roots and intend to visit, read, enjoy and comment on the very blogs that got me started as a writer to begin with!
All of these points, along with an upbeat and positive attitude combined with a desire for a more successful year, will help us to achieve our goals and dreams!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
© C. Matthews 2011
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