I have been so honored and blessed to be part of the book The Mother of All Meltdowns. Being part of an anthology with a group of women who are such awesome writers has definitely been a highlight of my year! Some of us recorded our New Year Resolutions, and Jennifer from Another Jennifer was so kind and put our videos together into a video anthology of resolutions. Since many of us haven’t met in person, it was fun to see each other in this video. My favorite resolution is from Rachel. It may have made me tear up just a little…keep watching to the end to see her resolution.
Have you made any resolutions for 2014?
SPIN CYCLE THIS WEEK: Write about a highlight from 2013, and link up your post any day this week! Click here to link up!
Gretchen at Second Blooming challenges us to use the word “mission” rather than “resolution” when assigning our Spin Cycle prompt this week.
Gretchen (a.k.a. “Cinnamon Carter“) writes, “So…no resolutions. …I need a word which conjures up something bigger, more dramatic. How about…missions. Yeah, I like that. An ‘operational task’, something to plan for and embark upon. It may even require a tight black jumpsuit like Emma Peel. Or not. A mission to clean out the garage sounds MUCH cooler than a resolution to clean out the garage, doesn’t it?”
And so I choose to accept the mission; here are my 5 missions for 2013. Don’t expect to see me in a black jumpsuit this year, however.
1. Operation Laugh More
When one of my children spills the full glass of milk I just poured, I need to laugh. When I make a mistake, I need to laugh. When my kids are goofy, I need to laugh. Laughing instead of yelling would make my life better. And so…
2. Operation Yell Less
When one of my children spills the full glass of milk I just poured…I will not yell! When we are running late, I will not yell! When my kids will not eat the delicious food I just spent an hour making, I WILL NOT YELL!
3. Operation Exercise More
We are writing about the New Year, after all, and what would the New Year be without a resolution (ahem, I mean MISSION) to exercise more? When I exercise, I feel less stress. When I’m less stressed, I yell less, and therefore I laugh more. SO, in order to accomplish the first two missions, I need to include this special exercise mission. Also: MORE healthy eating. I have such good intentions, and then the snack monster attacks! Discipline, Ginny, discipline!
4. Operation Green
Grandma would use coffee cans to store her cookies. Mom would hand us bread bags to help slide our feet into our tight rubber snow boots. When I look at our garbage, it is full of plastic bags. We have a great recycling program where we live, but we still can’t recycle plastic bags. My mission is to use less plastic this year; to remember my reusable totes instead of forgetting them in the kitchen; and to pack lunches with more reusable containers. Stores that use plastic bags are required to recycle plastic bags, so I’m going to be more diligent about bringing in all the plastic bags I do use to recycle.
5. Operation Write More
Oh, this is the tricky one. I want to write more, yes, but I don’t just want to write drivel. I don’t want to just ramble with no purpose. As Raymond Chandler said, “Most critical writing is drivel and half of it is dishonest. It is a short cut to oblivion, anyway. Thinking in terms of ideas destroys the power to think in terms of emotions and sensations.” To write honestly with emotions and sensations…that is some mission!
One of the reasons I don’t like resolutions is that they just don’t happen. I resolve to lose 20 pounds and they just don’t come off. Eat healthier? That doesn’t stop me from having a late night bowl of ice cream. Write more! Who can find the time? I certainly can’t. Life just keeps getting busier and busier.
I used to be the one who would sign up for step aerobics and attend class faithfully. (Yes, this was years ago. No one knew what Zumba was back then.) The classes would be busting at the seams in January. I would have to squeeze into the back corner of the room and if I was really unlucky, there wouldn’t be any steps left. I would have to do the routine on the floor, which was good, but not good enough. I couldn’t wait for all those New Year resolution-ers to give up.
Slowly, they filtered away, and by March, our class was the steady group of faithful attendees, and there was plenty of room (and aerobic steps) for everyone.
I haven’t been the faithful exercise class attendee for years.
And that’s why I
love New Year Resolutions. Every January, we have a chance to start over. To start again, make some goals for ourselves, and try to accomplish them. To revive old resolutions that we once accomplished and want to try again. To “keep on keeping on.” (Bonus points if you know which 2012 best seller that quote is from!)
I just love fresh beginnings. Don’t you?
I’m writing about 4.) Resolutions. Love’em? Hate’em? Tell us why. Make one? Talk about your resolutions or goals for 2013 for Writer’s Workshop today. Gretchen over at Second Blooming prefers the term “missions.” Stop by again tomorrow to read my Spin Cycle post on 5 missions for 2013!