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2020 Vision

Song Lyric of the Day:

I dedicate my life to something richer / And all the things that come / Cuz that’s no price at all / And I know you’ll be there / And i want you to know I care because / Keep your head up, hold your head up even though / It’s a cruel world

Active Child / “Cruel World

The year is now 2020. Kind of hard to believe, isn’t it? As it is, a new year means a new, clean slate. In keeping with my laid-back approach to resolutions the last few years, I’m not making any hard-and-fast resolutions. I have general goals, of course, like taking professional development and photography courses, learning how to budget (officially), to keep decorating our house and working on countless home improvement projects, to write more, to travel more, and be healthier all around, mind and body (the never-ending struggle). But I’m not going to beat myself up if I don’t succeed at any, or, God forbid, all of these goals. Because I plan on doing the best I can, which will have to be enough.

My only real resolution for 2020 is to be happy, which means letting go of anger toward certain people and situations (SO HARD for me to do as it goes against my nature), and focusing on what’s healthiest for me and my family. Sounds easy enough, right? 🙂

Here’s to a great 2020!

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Song Lyric of the Day:

‘Cause all we need is love / And love needs sacrifice / But it’s sure worth the prize / If you get it right (eh!) / ‘Cause way up in the sky / There’s no such thing as blind

Young Rising Sons / “High

Last year I wrote that my only real new year’s resolution was to be happy. And, well, this year that’s also pretty much my only resolution. Easy-peasy, right? No pressure. I’m tired of trying to make everyone happy. I’m tired of living under a cloud of perpetual self-made stress. I’m tired of waiting for people to forgive each other. I’m tired of certain individuals’ nonstop negativity. I’m tired of negativity in general.

I say all this as an inherently negative person; I work hard to not be so negative all the time. I was not born with a sunny disposition, nor did I grow up in a happy, Leave It to Beaver-esque home. I’m a glass-half-empty-and-full-of-poison type. The term “bitchy resting face” (BRF) was coined because of/for people like me (the struggle is real, people). You get the picture. So I am choosing to just focus on being happy and what I think will make me happy.

Don’t get me wrong — I’m not going to take up skipping everywhere and holding hands with neighbors while singing “Kumbaya.” I’m not going to walk around with a smile plastered on my face because (A) it only exaggerates my BRF (don’t ask me how) and (B) it’s just plain creepy to walk around like that.

I’m going to continue enjoying the me time that I have, when I have it. I’m going to sleep more because I fucking love sleep and need way more of it to feel human.  I’m going to catch up with friends I haven’t been able to see or talk to in a while. I’m going to keep taking my dog on walks so he doesn’t get out of shape (Caleb was essentially his personal trainer). I’m going to keep journaling, which I haven’t done regularly in years; I’m using My W Days on my iPad. I’m going to keep saving up for the new camera I want — the Canon EOS 70D — and hope I get to buy it sooner rather than later. I’m going to keep writing because it’s fun getting lost in worlds and with characters I’ve created. Most importantly, though, I’m going to keep spending as much time with Coraline as I possibly can since she is the most genuinely happy person I know.

Happy girl

Coraline goofing around on a neighbor’s tree stump


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Song Lyric of the Day:

Don’t stop doing what you do / I will be your something old, new, borrowed, blue / Don’t stop doing what you do

Gin Wigmore / “Don’t Stop

I’ve written about making new year’s resolutions in the past. My attitude about resolutions has changed over the years so that I wasn’t putting so much pressure on myself to achieve and/or stick to all my goals, and I’m not about to change that now. So basically my only real goal for this year is to be happy. To be happy in my day-to-day life, happy in my marriage, happy in my relationship with my kid, happy with my family and my friends, happy with what I have in life.

Now, if I happen to exercise regularly, eat better, plan meals, start and FINISH house projects, get more sleep, finish my book, and just manage to write every day — whether here or offline — so be it.

Here’s to a great 2015!

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Song Lyric of the Day:

I’m just a believer / That things will get better / Some can take it or leave it / But I don’t wanna let it go

American Authors / “Believer

Over the years I’ve declared my intentions and set resolutions. I started to wise up a bit last year and didn’t really set any. So what am I doing this year? I’m setting my only resolution as making every effort to follow through on the projects I start and activities I participate in. That way, instead of beating myself up about not working out every day or being super-productive in an endeavor or even just updating my blog as often as I’d like, I’m giving myself permission to start and finish only what I can handle at any given moment. Whereas in years past I would stress out because I skipped a daily workout or didn’t write those planned 500 words, I will instead be happy that I fit in a workout when I can and count however many (or few) words I write as progress instead of falling short of a larger goal. Basically, I’m going to try this approach this year in the hopes it helps me stay somewhat sane throughout 2013. Here’s hoping.

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Holy Hell, It’s 2012

Song Lyric of the Day:

See I’m a young soul in this very strange world / Hoping I could learn a bit ’bout what is true and fake / But why all this hate? Try to communicate / Finding trust and love is not always easy to make

Yael Naim / “New Soul

Well, it’s a new year. The year 2012, to be exact. I’m not sure I should set new year’s resolutions for myself this year, especially after reading last year’s new year’s resolutions post and making mental note of how little I actually accomplished. So what did I accomplish? I did well at work, helped keep a roof over my family’s heads, and, most importantly, was the best mom I could be to Miss Baby herself, Coraline. I also did the best I could — as I always do — to be a good person. Which, in my case, at least, has for various reasons led to an excluded, oftentimes lonely existence. It is what is is. I am who I am. I’ve tried in the past to try to be what others expect or want me to be, and it wasn’t fair. To myself, or to them. So I’ll continue to just be myself and hope for the best. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel, right? This year, I hope to find that light. I need to find that light. If not for myself, then for her. Here’s to a great year.


Miss Baby deep in thought on New Year's Day 2012.

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