2011 Already?

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I always make New Year Resolutions. I am not a crazy-pin-them-on-the-wall type, but all the same, each New Year’s Eve, I go over a list of a few things I want to accomplish in the following year.

I usually get them all done. Usually…

This year, I want to get back in shape – I began last year and made a pretty good start but was quickly side tracked by a lot of traveling and the “I’m on vacation” eating mentality. This isn’t really a resolution as much as a reinforcement of something I really want to do anyway. January 1st is just one of those days that make it so easy to refocus on something you want to accomplish. It is a fresh start. Keep tracking of your progress is always easier at the beginning of the year.

I want to get my house in order. We are dealing with legalizing two illegal additions on our home (we bought it in 2009 without knowing that the enclosed carport and extended bedrooms were done illegally), and its been a very slow, tedious process. Mostly because I get so overwhelmed each time I begin thinking about going to the county offices and pulling permits that I just push it aside…its been going on for about 6 months now and so far, nothing has been accomplished. It is a resolution, but more so, it is a county imposed deadline I am working with…regardless, I have to do this. I’m going down to the county office on Monday morning to try to pull a building permit to have my walls legalized. Wish me luck!

I want to find something to do with all of my free time. I have kicked around the notion of going back to school…but honestly, I have no career ambitions, and it seems irresponsible to rack up student loan debt unless I plan to rejoin the workforce to utilize the degree I’d be paying for. My two “If I could do anything” dreams are cooking school and pursuing a degree in History…yeah, totally opposite ends of the spectrum, no? Welcome to my life – it rarely makes sense. Hubs suggested night classes for cooking, which would be considerably less expensive. I don’t want it to interfere with my home life, so we will see about that. Hell, maybe I’ll just watch the Food Network for a few hours each day and cook along with them!

I do a lot more reflecting on the previous year than I do thinking about the upcoming year. Its just in my nature to look back…there were a lot of great moments in 2010. So my only real New Year Resolution is to foster an environment that allows for more of that in 2011. Easy enough, right?

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