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Sunday, December 31, 2006,9:55 PM
Happy New Year
It's almost 10pm at my house. Kiddo and I are watching Pirates 2 and getting ready for a game marathon until the ball drops at midnight. It's a tradition of ours that we've done every year except one. We buy sparkling cider, grab the board games, turn the TV to Dick Clark and wish in the New Year. We, of course, also wear the funny hats, the leis, drink cider out of plastic champagne flutes and make lots of noise at midnight. It's something we look forward to every year.

Earlier, I was leaving a comment at Stacy's blog about resolutions, when it occured to me that I don't make them anymore. I don't stick to them and at the end of the year, I always feel like a big fat failure.

2006 was not a good year for me. I've learned not to boast that I never get sick because it sends out bad mojo that eventually bites me back in the butt. So, since I don't do resolutions, I'm going to do promises. And since I have them in print and I'm putting them "out there" in cyberland I'm counting on my blogger buddies to hold me accountable :-)

#1 Promise to Myself: No more negative self-talk. It's destructive and eventually I'll believe all the bad things I say about myself. I am a kind, loving and decent person and deserve to treat myself better.

#2 Promise to Myself: I will go back to a healthier way of living. This year, I really let myself go. I lost a lot of weight last year and then when all the health problems started, I used them as an excuse to binge. No more. Stock up on the veggies, start exercising again and just take care of myself.

#3 Promise to Myself: I will get my finances back on track. With the medical bills I had this year, I'm fallen off my budget. I vow to get myself back on track and be a grown-up.

#4 Promise to Myself: I will come out of self-exhile. I will socialize. I will meet new people. I will date (and yes, I have somebody specific in mind ~ but I need to take care of #1, #2, & #3 first).

#5 Promise to Myself: I will make a dent in the dreaded TBR stacks that are collecting dust in my linen closet ~ at least one per month.

There, I've said it. It's now out there and I am accountable to keep myself on track. Here's looking at a happier and brighter 2007. Happy New Year to my blogger pals. I wish you all a happy and healthy New Year.

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14 Comments:


  • At 11:26 AM, Blogger Bookwormom

    I don't usually make resolutions either, but I like your idea. Happy New Year!

     
  • At 1:13 PM, Blogger Jen

    Happy New Year Dev!

    I have stopped making 'resolutions' as well. Instead, I am going to try choosing three things I would like to accomplish and then set three goals for each accomplishment. Maybe that will make is actually possible to make progress! LOL

     
  • At 1:24 PM, Blogger Isabel

    I didn't really make resolutions this. I did last year and really didn't stick to it.

    Good luck to you though! You can do it.

     
  • At 3:53 PM, Blogger Devonna

    Amanda ~ Happy New Year :-)

    Jen ~ That's a great idea ~ it usually makes your goals more attainable also, if you do them in smaller steps. I'm rooting for you.

    Izzy ~ Thanks! I'm really not a resolution type person because I never stick to them.

     
  • At 4:00 PM, Blogger Stacy~

    I'm also not big on making resolutions, but I do like your self-promises. I think the difference is that with resolutions, they seem so temporary while promises should be kept.

    Good luck with them all. They are great ones, and #4 is one I struggle with myself. You sound determined enough to succeed :)

     
  • At 11:13 PM, Blogger CindyS

    I wish you all the best in your promises and yes, positive self talk does take work but you become a much happier person by stopping the 'bad talk'!

    Like you I don't really do resolutions but this year was a year of change so I did feel like I closed a chapter and this year will be more stable. In that I do hope to change my habits and eating to a more healthier way of life and since I have been thinking about it for a while I know now that I am ready for the changes.

    Happy New Year Devonna!

    CindyS

     
  • At 11:47 AM, Blogger Dance Chica

    Your goals sound a lot like mine! Good luck with them. :-D

     
  • At 12:30 PM, Blogger Dylan aka Rowena

    Good luck to you sweetie....I hope you follow through with these resolutions, I made some last year and came through on some of them but not all.

    This year, I'm setting a few goals for myself kind of like yours, so good on us! =)

     
  • At 12:44 PM, Blogger Mailyn

    Repeat this one a thousand times a day until you actually understand that you truly ARE fabulous.

    #1 Promise to Myself: No more negative self-talk. It's destructive and eventually I'll believe all the bad things I say about myself. I am a kind, loving and decent person and deserve to treat myself better.

    Don't pay attention to what anyone says or thinks. It's all about you and you are wonderful and people who can't see that can go fug themselves.

    YOU ARE FABULOUS! ^_^

     
  • At 6:47 PM, Blogger Lori

    Happy New Year!

    Great promises. I need to get back on the # 2 promise.

    And, I completely agree with Mailyn!

     
  • At 9:32 PM, Blogger Devonna

    Stacy ~ It's just time, I need to start thinking about myself. This is going to be a good year ~ it just has to be :-)

    Cindy ~ Happy New Year! Yes, this will definitely be a better year. And so far, I've done well. Okay, it's only been 2 days, but I have to celebrate successes where I can find them.

    DC ~ Thanks! Good luck with yours, too.

    Dylan ~ We can do it. I have faith.

    Mailyn ~ You're always so inspirational. Thank you!

    Lori ~ Like Stacy said, promises are something to be kept. I'm determined to make this a better year.

     
  • At 1:44 PM, Blogger Holly

    Happy New Year, Babe!

    I just put up a post about resolutions. I don't believe in them. You should take my challenge.

    HUGS!

     
  • At 3:38 PM, Blogger Devonna

    Holly ~ I'll go check it out. Thanks! Happy New Year.

     
  • At 1:15 AM, Blogger CindyS

    Just wanted to pop back and say that every day is a new opportunity so never beat yourself up for a bad day - I've learned that there will be days where I will eat those damn french fries, order more than one pop and scavange the house for every last ounce of chocolate. Doesn't mean I have to beat myself up for it! Anything that doesn't work today can work tomorrow.

    Sorry, I just want you to have a great new year and I don't think people give themselves enough credit. You go girl ;)

    CindyS (off to Holly's to see what she's up to)