Thursday, January 6, 2011

My Resolution Is To Be Happy

Each year I find myself having the same conversation with myself. I look at all different aspects of my life, find all the things I don't like and write a ridiculously long resolution list. Once I'm done, I adamantly declare this is the year I'm going to accomplish everything on my list and then I'm off to conquer the world. Problem is it doesn't take long before I lose steam, lose sight of my goals and label myself a failure. So here I am at the beginning of a new year ready to have that same talk when I found the comic to the left. It made me think - instead of making a HUGE list of every fault I want to change, why don't I make a list of a FEW things I'd like to do that will help me be a happy and positive person this year. So after rearranging my thought process here's what I came up with ...

I'm going to keep going to the gym. All last year I signed up at my local community college to use the gym facilities and I LOVED it!! It's a great chance for me to clear the cobwebs, get the blood pumping and work out some of the stress that builds up. I have a pretty sweet set up as well - I grab a book holder along with my towel and read while I'm walking. Reading makes the time go faster and before I know it, I'm done. I didn't realize how much I needed this until I was in too much pain to go so it's one of the first things I'll start back up this year.

I suck as a cook. I mean, seriously people run when they see me approach the kitchen because you never know what's going to happen when I'm in there. I don't plan on becoming any kind of Julia Childs or gourmet chef but I'd really love to be able to learn simple and easy meals so I can surprise my family. I'd love to see them smile when I put food in front of them and not grimace and try to subtlety coax the dog over to the table (LOL seriously my one and only attempt at meatloaf the dog wouldn't even eat it!!)  It'd be nice to be able to share the cooking with my hubby so if anyone has any neat recipes they can suggestion, you know where to find me :D

It may take alot of cheerleading but I loved being part of NaNoWriMo last year and I'll never forget how it felt when I finished. Everything about writing gets me so excited and so this year I really want to finish Broken Promises and look into getting it published. The idea scares the heck out of me but there's this little voice inside me that whispers to have the confidence to go for it. I'm never going to know unless I try and I love writing so it seems crazy not to see where it'll take me. It's about being true to myself and not giving power to doubt so hopefully, hopefully I won't talk myself out of this one and I'll be a published author this time next year.

I'm a snob with what I read (lol hence the nickname The Bookish Snob) but last year I did the unthinkable and read a book outside my genres of choice. I know shocking right?? Well I really liked it so I'm going to be a little more open with what I read and see what else is out there. I'm not sure where I'm going to look first, I might just throw out my intentions and see what recommendations the Book Gods offer. 

I want to see this more than anything in the world and God willing, I'm going to this year. Nothing would make me happier finding out I'm going to have a baby so let the practicing begin LOL Good thing I love reading romance right? Oh this year is going to be FUN!!

What it all boils down to is I'm just going to LAUGH more. Life is too short to be so serious all the time. If there's one thing I've learned (the hard way of course) is that no matter how hard I try the only thing I can control is myself and my attitude. Life's filled with ups and downs so my thinking is if I find something every day to laugh about, when times do get tough I'll be in good shape to weather it. I want to smile my way through 2011 and know that I didn't just survive, I LIVED!!


Book Dragon said...

Great list! I made a short list this year and already 'bent' one of my resolutions lol The gym is on my list also but no way am I getting pregnant - wonderful as it is, I've already raised my family and I don't want to go through high school again

I wish you luck and success in all of your list. And fun too ;)

I haven't been following long enough to know what you like to read but I made a quick run through what I read last year and came up with a small sample.....
Eye Contact by Cammie McGovern
Mistaken Identity by VanRyn, Cerak, and Mark Tabb
After Etan by Lisa R. Cohen
Falling into the Sun by Carrie Hazard
The Noticer by Andy Andrews
Soft Spots by Clint Van Winkle
There's No Such Thing as a Dragon by Jack Kent
Fear Familiar by Caroline Burnes
A Highlander Christmas by Janet Chapman
Dogs and Goddesses by 3 authors but not an anthology ~ Jennifer Crusie, Anne Stuart, Lani Diane Rich
Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh
People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

Carissa said...

Good for you, Belinda! I wish you luck on your endeavors!

Heather said...

I'm going to be a little more open with what I read and see what else is out there. I'm not sure where I'm going to look first, I might just throw out my intentions and see what recommendations the Book Gods offer.

Belinda, are you on Good Reads?. TONS of book recommendations to be found there, in every genre. There is even a Reading Challenge you can sign up for this year, to help keep you motivated. My GR profile is here.

abitosunshine said...

First, I wish you good luck with your "Broken Promises"!

I love your fun attitude here and I think you'll get everything done this way and enjoy the journey, too.

Happy 2011!

Jules@OneBookShy said...

What a wonderful post! One of my resolutions for the year is to comment more on the wonderful blogs I follow, especially when a post speaks to me.

I applaud your list and hope that everything you wish for comes true - especially expanding your family! That is a wish we're hoping to come true for us as well this year, by the way of adoption.

Happy New Year and Good Luck!

jackie b central texas said...

The best resolution to make is Smile like there is no sorrow, Laugh like there is no tomorrow and Love yourself more than anything just the way you are!

Be happy Belinda, you will feel like a million bucks even without the exercise high...


LMW said...

You go girl~~ You are AMAZING!!

AngelGoneMad said...

Those are some great resolutions/goals Bel!

I havent even thought about what I want to get out of the year ahead..hope to purchase our very own house, get the wedding plans underway and save like mad for it. a bit more home cooking/baking as I do enjoy it and I like trying new things. Maybe take up learning french/spanish, I used to be good at French and well Spanish would come in handy as parents live in Spain now. LOL

I have everything crossed for you on the baby front =)

Naomi aka Supernatural Bookworm

TheBookGirl said...

Super list Belinda...You are so right about adding laughter to your life.
Here's sending you good thoughts on the baby quest :)

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