New Years REVolutions

1 Jan

I have never been a fan of New Year’s Resolutions. Too easy to break. Too easy to forget about. Too easy to ignore. In light of this fact, I have decided to rename them New Year’s REVolutions because, like a revolving door, they come and go faster than I can get through them.

And so, sticking to my resolution to ignore resolutions, I present you with a list of my personal hopes for the New Year (in no particular order). Just in case you’re wondering, these hopes do NOT include “get to the gym more often”, nor do they include “be more patient with my children”, two typical resolutions that many people the world over, make. The first one is excluded because, let’s face it, it’s not going to happen (though, possibly, I’ll get on the treadmill in the basement more often). The second one is excluded because, honestly, the need to be more patient with my children is a need that goes way beyond “hopes” or “resolutions” – it’s a matter of prayer.

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So, my hopes for 2013: (or, if you will, my “revolutions”):

1) To learn the magical art of balancing my writing time, my blogging time, my cleaning/folding/washing/picking up time, my parenting time, my volunteering time, and my reading time.

2) To finish editing my last 100 pages of my book.

3) To find an agent who loves my book and for her (or him) to then find a publisher who loves it.

4) To begin writing the new book that has been brewing away on the back burner of my mind for the past several months.

5) To organize my “desk”, which is really the Dining Room table, so that we can actually use the table to eat together as a family.

6) To actually read the manual for my camera so that my photographs get better.

7) To stand before the county governing board next Tuesday (without my voice squeaking, my words getting muddled, or needing to run to the bathroom) and convince them that we need a new library in town.

8) To clean the deep, dark recesses of my house.

9) To finish my stint as a Girl Scout leader and not to be pressured into doing it for another year.

10) To be generous and kind and patient and forgiving and understanding and non-judgmental with everyone I come into contact with.

(I had to add that last one just to prove that I know that most of these “revolutions” are unrealistic and that I might as well just go all out and add a ridiculous one because then I’ll feel better about the other failed ones because I already know that my list is impossible. But no, I’m still not going to the gym more often.)

There. I have stood before you and I have spoken. We’ll have to see, come January 2014, how many of these hopes have come to fruition. I’ll keep you informed.

In the mean time, Happy New Year one and all! And my all your resolutions keep their resolve and not turn into revolving doors of shame.
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17 Responses to “New Years REVolutions”

  1. gardenfreshtomatoes January 1, 2013 at 9:49 am #

    Sounds like a very good aspirational list…I stopped praying for patience when I realized it just gave God a reason to make me practice 😉
    I’ll be sending all the positive energy/prayer/magical thoughts I can muster for you next Tuesday – let us all know how it goes!

    • Gretchen O'Donnell January 2, 2013 at 1:20 pm #

      Yeah, the practicing part isn’t so fun, is it?!! And yes, I’ll let you know about Tuesday – I don’t mind speaking in front of people…but I’d rather do it when speaking on MY behalf…so it’s making me nervous because I’m not the thing at stake!

  2. treadlemusic January 1, 2013 at 9:54 am #

    Now that was straight to the point….LOL! We are creatures of habit (the need to state resolutions at the beginning of each new year included) and, as such, we state and restate our goals/wishes/dreams(?) at this time of year in the hopes that, somehow magically, one or two will materialize. I find it very interesting that most all of these thoughts involve “work” on the part of the one who states them. Hate to say it but it seems that they are doomed to some degree of failure “right out of the chute” but it does make one feel better to make up such a list. Love your #10!!!! Hugs, D (My resolution: Make no list of resolutions! LOL!)

    • Gretchen O'Donnell January 2, 2013 at 1:21 pm #

      Magic would be good at this point!! And yes, I know I’m doomed to the revolving door of unfulfilled “resolutions” but, like you say, it’s perhaps good to set a few goals anyway, just to keep us on our toes, yes?!!

      • treadlemusic January 2, 2013 at 2:24 pm #

        Yup, cuz if you aim at nothing you are sure to hit it BUT if you aim super high and achieve half……….well, just think………..hehehe!

  3. debdundas January 1, 2013 at 10:02 am #

    Good luck with those! More assertiveness and organization are always good things to strive for.

    • Gretchen O'Donnell January 2, 2013 at 1:22 pm #

      Thanks! It’s funny, but I can be assertive in certain situations with no trouble…but others I can’t. Strange.

      • debdundas January 2, 2013 at 1:47 pm #

        We’re all like that, I think. Depends on the stress factor!

  4. Minnesota Prairie Roots January 1, 2013 at 11:34 am #

    I am certain you will accomplish many of those goals. Please keep us informed on the library situation. And good luck pleading your case to the county commissioners. Is this for a new library in Bigelow or Worthington, or where?

    You know how I feel about libraries and how very thankful I was to get a Little Free Library into my hometown of Vesta this past summer. The community has really embraced the community library concept with the cafe manager bringing in additional shelves for books and people donating lots of books.

    I’m so proud of you to request a new library, Gretchen, and wish you the absolute best.

    • Gretchen O'Donnell January 2, 2013 at 1:25 pm #

      Thanks – it’s a new library building for Wgtn. Bigelow can barely support a post office, let alone a library, sadly enough (but it’s only 9 miles from Wgtn, and since you can’t do anything in B., people are used to going elsewhere for everything from gas to food to, well, everything!)

      That’s awesome that the little library in Vesta is doing so well! Fantastic!

  5. hotlyspiced January 1, 2013 at 6:08 pm #

    What a great list. I can relate to needing to clear the dining room table more often so we can use it as ‘a dining room table’. And I have a few manuals I too need to read. Good luck with finding an agent to represent you and get you a book deal. It sounds like your 2013 will be very full xx

    • Gretchen O'Donnell January 2, 2013 at 1:26 pm #

      Thanks, Charlie! I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who has dining table issues! I hope your 2013 is fantastic as well!!

  6. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen January 1, 2013 at 8:42 pm #

    Sometimes it seems things happen just because we’ve written them down.. I bet we find out you’ve done all or most of these!! Especially your book.. that would be fantastic!! xx

    • Gretchen O'Donnell January 2, 2013 at 1:27 pm #

      It would, wouldn’t it?! And I can well imagine a cook book from you one of these days!! I’d buy it in a heartbeat! With your photos…it would be delightful!

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