I am happy to see 2016 come to an end! I feel like I was on a emotional roller coaster with the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. In 2017, I look forward to a year of endless blessings and new opportunities. I look forward to a prosperous and joyous year.
Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a resolution as (1) something that is resolved, and (2) the firmness of resolve. Resolve is to deal with successfully. Opportunity is defined as (1) a good chance for advancement or progress; and (2) a favorable juncture of circumstances.
I, like most people, have made many New Year’s resolutions and have kept very few of them. The most popular resolutions are: lose weight, get fit, quit smoking, get out of debt, save money, find love, and to have a better work/life balance.
This year, I want to take a different approach. I will focus on creating opportunities to use my passions and my people (family, current friends, and the new friends I haven’t met yet) to achieve my goals. I believe that by doing this, I will have a greater chance of success without the pressure of keeping a resolution.
Goal #1: Get fit. I will schedule walks, hikes, bike rides and gym workouts with my people. I love to cook and will schedule opportunities to do so. I will eat healthier by consuming smaller portions. My focus will be to enjoy the act of making healthier choices; rather than feeling like I made unwanted sacrifices.
Goal #2: Reduce the feeling of loneliness. This statement is not easy to admit publicly but it is the truth. Mostly due to career and location changes in the past 3 years, I often feel lonely. I will spend my time doing the things I enjoy and new relationships will be formed naturally. I volunteer for my HOA, Rodeo Houston, Habitat for Humanity, and Northwest Assistance Ministries. I will go dancing, bowling, fishing, boating, as well as attend sporting events and concerts. I will take a few classes in cooking, ballroom dance and photography. I will take several long weekend trips to explore, take photos and to relax. I am very interested in Small Town USA, festivals, and lighthouses. I will seek out interesting story ideas for travel blogs. Let me know if you’d like to join me for any of these journeys.
Goal #3: Enjoy a more challenging and meaningful career. I will seek out activities that best utilize my talents and skills. I will find opportunities to be creative and to mentor again. I shall promote my skills as a TV programmer and executive producer, small business marketing, as well as overall business knowledge and MBA. I will improve and promote my writing and photography skills. I will follow my dream of being a professor teaching the business of sports television.
Whether you choose to call your New Year’s resolutions – resolutions, ambitions, goals or opportunities – I encourage you to “just do it”! Write it down, make a plan of action and invite others to share in your journey. Have fun with it!
What are your resolutions and opportunities? How will you accomplish them?
I wish you a Happy New Year filled with endless blessings and opportunities. May you have a safe, healthy, happy and prosperous new year.
…… And life goes on.