This time next week we will already be into 2018 – so ‘fess up. Who has already pondered on their New Year’s Resolution list? Anyone?
Typically I hate that sort of thing. For me, it’s just setting myself up for failure because I set some lofty goals. Still, I have an insatiable need to DO. SOMETHING to mark the start of a new year.
One year, instead of making a list of what I wanted to do, I made one of things I wanted to give up. Semantics… they were still New Year’s Resolutions that survived less than a month.
It may still be semantics, but this year, I’m making a Good Intentions list. Things I plan to do, want do, will try my best to accomplish, but won’t carry all the stress of failing like I did over previous years’ goals.
A few of my goals (I’ll keep some of my plans to myself so everyone can have plausible deniability):
- Whittle down my To-Read book pile before buying any more books – I have bookcases overflowing with unread books. Easily 100 or more novels gathering dust and warping the bookcase shelves.
- Tell people I love them – that means calling my parents more often, and making sure I call my daughter on the regular too. Validating those people in my life who are precious to me.
- Create more – indulge in hobbies like crocheting, photography, jewelry making, cooking, writing without guilt for what I’m not doing (read: housework)
- Learn something new – take a Continuing Education class at the local community college – e.g., drawing, yoga or maybe MIG welding.
- Eat more fresh fruit and vegetables – notice that I didn’t list “giving up junk food.” I believe that if you completely deny yourself something you enjoy, it becomes that much more desirable.
My intention is to work toward these goals as best I can, but if I’m not completely successful I’m still ahead just for trying.
“New Year’s Day: Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.” Mark Twain
This week’s word is:
What to do:
Using “intent” for inspiration, write 100 Words – 100 exactly – no more, no less. You can either use the word – or any form of the word – as one of your 100, or it can be implied. Include a link in your post back here, and add your story to the Mister Linky list. If you don’t have a blog, you can leave your submission in the comment section, or as a Facebook status post. Remember to keep spreading the love with supportive comments for your fellow Wordsters.