I have to tell you, January is just as busy as December around here. I did manage to get a boatload of new stuff loaded over at Rebel With a Fork for January. Whew, made that one!
I spent some quality time with my daughter the first weekend of this year. You know, eating lots of good food, shopping, making cookies, playing cards…
Then there’s the job. The sick cat that needed a lot of tending to. A foot of snow. Shoveling. Hyper-dog can’t seem to find the perfect place to do his duty. Everything seemed to take longer.
On Saturday my daughter graduated high school. Mid term ceremonies are nice and short and sweet. Encourage your kids to graduate early!
Then we all piled over to Golden Coral. That may not sound like a place fitting for a graduation dinner, but we’re not rich, and everyone can eat as much of what they like as they want. Not a single grumble. I guess I’m a lot more like my dad than I thought. We both piled a big plate of salad stuff first. Then a plate of entree stuff. Then a plate of dessert stuff. Thats a balanced diet, wouldn’t you say? I wish there was a Golden coral close enough to eat lunch at. I would go for salad everyday. That would be heaven – a big plate of all kinds of healthy goodies that I didn’t have to cut up!
It was a nice day – but Saturday night, the cat died. I had to work Sunday.
The last 2 weeks have been a total blur… And now my niece is in town with her new husband and my sister turns 50 this week…
(and for the new readers, I’m single. I do it all myself)
Does that mean I’ve forgotten my resolutions, or goals for this year? Of course not!
I’ve actually snuck in a little time to start working on a couple of them since they’re sort of intimidating for me. They have to do with more technology – and if you’ve been reading for any length of time, you know how well that typically goes for me at first. I’m gritting my teeth and moving forward. Yes, it’s at a snails pace, but I’ll get there faster at a snail’s pace than doing nothing at all, right?
How about your resolutions or goals for this year? Have you snuck in a little time to work on them? Have you completely forgotten about them?
Take a small step today, and another tomorrow, and another the day after that. It may seem hardly worthwhile, but in 30 days you’ll look back and be amazed at how much progress you made.
Have you ever heard the term “kaizan”? It’s a Japanese term that means small continous improvements. You can create a landslide if you just take a small action every day.
What are your goals for this year? Wht little steps can you take today?
If your goal is to get your house clean, you may start with making sure the dishes are done before you go to bed.
If your goal is to eat healthier and lose weight, you might start by eating 3 servings of vegetables today.
Start someplace simple and build on it every day. You’ll get there faster than you think!
Helpful resources –
Get the house clean and keep it that way without killing yourself
Make this the year you get thinner and healthier
I’m sorry to hear about your cat passing away. This is the first e-mail that I’ve ready of yours but it sounds like you were kind to care for your cat during the illness. Just sending along my sympathies.
Thanks Susan. Welcome to the family!
Great point Carole. So many people become overwhelmed with their new resolutions very quickly. Breaking them into smaller steps is ideal since most goals are made up of several smaller goals. Even celebrating those baby steps provides incentive to keep pushing forward.