lifestyle changes

My brother-in-law texted me the other day and one of my gifts to my sister is a contender for best giftie!

best giftie!

Both Heid and I talked about how we hate it when our hamburger is in big chunks.  At a local kitchen shop I found the above gadget that is like four ends of a spatula.  Pretty nifty, eh?  I am going to get one for myself very soon :)

breakfast of (slightly hung over) champions

I probably don’t need to say too much more… I woke up this morning STARVING!  Apparently, a dinner made up of a few pretzels and wine just doesn’t stay with you very long.  Oh and FYI?  It’s not the best combination either.

I have seen a lot of blog postings about New Year’s resolutions.  I am not a big fan of the word “resolution” as I feel it is something to be dreaded rather than something to look forward to.  But I do have goals and considering the happenings in my life lately, I really want them to be lifestyle changes.  Here is what I have been thinking about:

1.  Buy Less, DO MORE!  I really do enjoy a new running jacket (even though I have a couple) or whatever else catches my fancy.  But all to often, it doesn’t leave me enough cash to DO something.  For instance, one of the reasons I didn’t fly back to see my parents this summer was because I couldn’t afford it.  I definitely regret this decision.  I would much rather enjoy experiences than things.

2.  Use (and/or abuse) my friends a.k.a. ask for help:  I sometimes say I have “short-girl syndrome”.  All too often, I am convinced I can do it on my own.  When I was dumped, a number of my friends offered to come over and hang out with me.  I said “no” and was determined to make it seem like less of a big deal and that I could handle it all on my own.  What did I prove?  Nothing.  What did I achieve?  Nada there too.  I missed out on letting my friends help me and was miserable.  The night my mom died I started doing the same thing.  This time, my friends told me I didn’t have a choice.  They were coming over to my place.  Now, as I am trying to settle back in, I need friends/support system more than ever.

this is probably more of the "abuse" part!

3.  Better my family relationships:  this one is probably pretty obvious but it’s all too easy to let everyday distractions interfere with keeping in touch with family.  My brother and I do this a lot.  While my sister and I stay in better contact, there is always more we can do here too.  I want to make some trips to the West side as well as maybe plan destination trips.  Or simply skype more often about stupid everyday things.  We’ll see – no matter how this one unfolds, my family is a priority.

this is funny because it's my last name :)

4.  Embrace some of the bitterness but remember the GOOD:  Yep, I can definitely feel some of the anger over what has been happening over the last few months.  I’m kinda pissed actually.  I don’t want to just pretend these feelings aren’t there as I am sure they would turn into a massive mid-life crisis down the road.  Nevertheless, I want to remember to recognize the good that IS in my life.  It’s easier to see the negative but I want to at least attempt to balance this out with the positive.

Or at least I can hope

5.  RUN!  I have a lot of plans for running this year.  Last year, I completely fell off the wagon, got injured, got out of shape and was probably fairly grumpy.  I would like to run a few races – big and small, run the relay and basically enjoy myself again.  Running helps me deal with stress and I have met so many amazing people because of it.  It has become part of who I am and I want to stay motivated and healthy.  My plan is to run at least one marathon and maybe even make some of these some destination races – yay!

And you thought I would pick one of someone pooing themselves

This is what I have so far.  I’m sure there will be other items/goals added to the list but again, I am going for life changes and not simply a bandaid.  I have no intention of looking back at 2012 next New Year’s Eve and whining about what I did or didn’t do – call it determination, heart, stubbornness – it doesn’t matter.  But I’m ready!

7 thoughts on “lifestyle changes

  1. All wonderful goals!! All reachable and will totally make you a happier and freer person. Can’t wait to enjoy it all with you!! If you ever need me, just say so! :)

  2. Agreed with K! =) Can’t wait to enjoy these together! And, love that pic of the angry kittie, too cute!

    And btw, as like your “closest” friend (i mean in proximity, but I like to think we’re also soulmates – you are my “sister wife” after all), I expect many more calls and inviting-yourself-over situations!!! COME ON OVER LOVE!!!!!!

  3. It takes revelations to make changes. You may have recently faced some tough revelations, but in the end they always make us better and more complete people! I applaud your willingness to analyze yourself and look for improvements. This truly shows your true character and what makes you a good person! Hope to share many races with your in 2012!

  4. Its like you read my mind! You seem to grasp a lot about this, such as you wrote the e-book in it or something. I feel that you just could do with a few % to force the message home a bit, but instead of that, this is excellent blog. An excellent read. I will certainly be back.

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