The new year began a few days ago, but I delayed crafting resolutions. Instead, I spent time with my step grandchildren encouraging their creativity and geeking out with Lord of the Rings and StarWars marathons; exercising my sprained ankle by walking the dogs; working culinary magic in the kitchen; photographing the wild beauty all around me; and reading books. I broke down and turned on the heat in the house in advance of the first hard frost of the winter.
I worked, too, but balanced the work with spending time with the grands.
Kiddos went home last night, so I read late into the evening to finish Stephen King‘s “Revival“. My mind was so jazzed, sleep felt far off, so I started Rene Denfeld’s “The Enchanted“. I also set a reading goal on GoodReads: 30 books in 2015. If I finish “The Enchanted” tomorrow, as I suspect I will, I’ll be two full books in this new year toward the goal. I’m also reading “The Game of Kings” by Dorothy Dunnett, but this first in a series of books called the Lymond Chronicles will probably take me a bit more than a weekend to finish.
And, of course, the goal setting made me think that maybe I ought to set some other realistic goals for the new year. So, as I wait for the northern California sunshine to warm the morning before I take the dogs out for a walk, I set my mind to the task of crafting resolutions.
In 2015, I will:
- Read at least 30 books.
- Move more:
- Walk at least 10,000 steps each day.
- As soon as my ankle will support it, get back to Zumba and Pilates at the gym.
- Take a photograph each day and post in a 2015 Project365 Flickr album.
- Treat myself to at least one Artist Date a month.
Accomplishing these resolutions requires a balance between work and my personal life, but I feel I’m ready for the challenge.
It’s time to focus on all the bright possibilities of 2015. Happy new year!