Ready or Not Self-Improvement Projects, Bucket Lists, Yearly Goals, Plans, and Guidelines A.K.A. Resolutions … Here We Come

2 Jan

Deep thoughts, late nights, Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Cheesecake, bags of Pirate Booty Popcorn, and Hawaiian chocolate covered macadamia nuts.

What brought on this onslaught of high fat, high calorie salty and sweet food no-nos?


I’m not a big fan of that word. Too much pressure. I like to call them plans, goals, life guidelines, hopes, self-improvements projects, or lists.


“I have now spent fifty-five years in resolving; having, from the earliest time almost that I can remember, been forming schemes of a better life. I have done nothing. The need of doing, therefore, is pressing, since the time of doing is short…” –Samuel Johnson


I was scanning the Word Press world and a lot of bloggers out there were talking about resolutions or plans for the new year. The thing is I already made plans, life guidelines, hopes, goals, self-improvements projects, and lists in the middle of the year and I’m rolling them over. I’m sticking to the completion of my Happiness Project and trying to scratch adventures off my Bucket List. But I can say that I am adding a few new goals and self-improvement projects in the hopes of continuing to add “life” to my life.

Time is short and although I can’t avoid all the crappiness that life throws at me, I want to be able to squeeze the juice out of all the lemons it throws my way. So I may have added a couple of other goals and life guidelines for 2013 … Plans to finish writing my second book, plans to continue participating in triathlons, and plans to participate in roller derby classes are among a few of them.

But making all these new 2013 guidelines, made me reflect on the two that I made last year. I didn’t announce them to the world, just to myself and two other friends. One: Start a blog. Write everyday. Two: Be happy for one day. All day. Not just bits and pieces  … but all day. Dusk ’til dawn. And I’m happy to say that both of these two resolutions were completed successfully. Well technically, I have a couple more days to go on one of the “resolutions,” but overall I’ve done well.

They sound pretty simple, but with all the craziness that comes with life it wasn’t that easy. But a couple of pieces of advice helped me out.



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Small steps. Small steps everyday toward a big goal was the way to go for me, maybe not for everyone, but yes for me. And expectations … fun is better than stressing out over perfect outcome. I’m hoping I remember the same advice this year.

But in all this resolution, goal setting, self-improvement me, me, me talk I failed to think of my kids and what if any experiences or goals they might want in 2013. I mean I plan all kinds of adventures and activities for them, but hadn’t really asked what do you want? Other than LEGOLAND, of course. So I’ve added a 2013 “Sandbox List” for my kids this year. I’m sure my four-year old will speak for both of them. And although my daughter can’t really speak clearly and tell me what she wants,  considering that she’s only one, her smiles and laughter tell me she enjoys the ride.

So the Guats are off … Ready or not self-improvement projects, bucket lists, yearly goals, plans, or guidelines A.K.A. resolutions … 2013 here we come.


10 Responses to “Ready or Not Self-Improvement Projects, Bucket Lists, Yearly Goals, Plans, and Guidelines A.K.A. Resolutions … Here We Come”

  1. bgddyjim January 3, 2013 at 1:42 AM #

    The problem I have with Mr. Johnson’s quote is the it assumes inaction throughout the year. While that may be the case for some, that is not the idea. The resolution is more about taking an inventory of what one has stocked on life’s grocery shelves and discarding the stuff that’s passed its ‘use by’ date.

    Just a thought. Nice post.

    • The Guat January 3, 2013 at 1:57 PM #

      Yeah it applies to some people, but others not so much, kind of depends on your situation. But I like your ‘grocery shelves- use by date’ metaphor.

  2. TBM January 3, 2013 at 7:10 AM #

    I wish all of the guats a fun year!

    • The Guat January 3, 2013 at 2:04 PM #

      Thanks! I’m know there will be good, bad and ugly out there, but I’m hoping for more good. You gotta, right?

  3. susielindau January 3, 2013 at 7:46 AM #

    Fantastic! I love your happiness day idea. 2nd book! Way to go girl!

    • The Guat January 3, 2013 at 2:11 PM #

      Oh. Thanks! That was a hard one there were days when just the morning was good and then the afternoon went into the crapper, or the other way around. But I did manage to have an all day until sundown happiness day … dude I even did a cartwheel 🙂 It was way cool … and second book … Figured if I could blog everyday for a whole year, then I could find the time to finish a book in a year. Publishing is another story 🙂

  4. lameadventures January 3, 2013 at 9:46 PM #

    Do you have a Masters in Time Management to be able to pursue all this stuff while raising two small fry? And now it sounds like you have them traveling down the New Year’s Resolutions Road. You’re such a motivated warrior. I’m not into resolutions at all but I am thinking more about eating less and taking the stairs. I’ve been thinking about that since June.

    • The Guat January 6, 2013 at 12:09 AM #

      Ha! No just a Masters in crazy. Believe me it’s not easy. Thus the gray hair and then the chocolate. 🙂 I try to be motivated because we’ve got a lot of time during the day, my son boycotted naps so I try to pack it with adventures, but some days coloring sounds so awesome. But I’m with you on taking the stairs more, eating less … well I don’t know. Maybe just walking more 🙂 Gonna sign up for another triathlon, what do you think? Does it inspire you?

      • lameadventures January 6, 2013 at 7:19 AM #

        I grant my seal of Lame Adventure approval on you signing up for another triathlon, but if you’re asking would I, myself, sign up for a triathlon, I’d sooner sign up for a stay on life support.

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