Monday, December 31, 2007

Resolutions 2008

Review of last year's resolutions


I didn't have any. I have to confess that I'm not sure I've ever had any New Year's resolutions. I have also managed to avoid eating the dreaded black-eyed peas that are supposed to bring you good luck. I know, I'm such a rebel.

Resolutions for 2008

1. Figure out what I'm allergic to and stop eating it. If you've come late to this party, my immune system has developed some severe hypochondriac tendencies, thinking that something I eat is a threat to the system and it reacts violently with hives. In 19 months, neither myself nor my allergist have been able to discover what my body is reacting to. No medication has helped with the exception of Benadryl. Lots and lots of Benadryl. To do: Go back to the elimination diet, *stick to it*, and keep written track of what I'm eating and what the reaction is.

I'm having trouble thinking of another...hummmmnnnn...maybe I should have started practicing last year.

Ok, how about this?

2. Get more involved in a ministry. Church choir, Meals on Wheels, something I can make a real investment in. I need to keep an antennae out for (not to mention be in prayer about) something that needs me. To do: Research ministries and time commitments and see where I can fit in.

3. Develop deeper relationships with other women. I've lived out here for 3 1/2 years and I have a lot of friends and people I enjoy being with. I have friends I call to get our kids together and friends I chat with at get-togethers, but I don't have a close friend that I get together with for coffee (of course, I don't drink coffee) or chat with daily on the phone (if I actually liked talking on the phone...hummmn...maybe I see why I don't have a friend like that). I've come to the conclusion that women really develop friendships in the days before we have the commitments of motherhood taking up our time and attention. After kids, most of our time, energy, and drive is focused on our families and we hardly have enough left over to maintain our existing friendships, much less build new ones. So this will have to be a concentrated, intentional effort. To do: Invite someone to Starbucks, talk to someone on the phone.

I've been thinking about working on resolutions #2 and 3 together by hosting a book study group. It's another thing I'm praying about.

4. Improve the blog. That breaks down into a few different areas. Get a custom blog design. I loving this whole blogging thing and I've been coveting everyone else's custom banners, layouts, fonts, etc. Put more effort into the writing, so that it really becomes an exercise in becoming a better writer. Be better about commenting on other people's blogs. It's only polite. To do: Save up my pennies for the design, spend more time writing instead of being lazy, write more comments.

No wonder I've never made resolutions before; this is work! I've been working on this for *hours* over the past 2 days and this is as far as I've gotten.


Day #3

I had thought of something else last night and it is totally gone from memory. Sigh. I guess it wasn't important.

I have grand ideas about yelling at the kids less, keeping up with the housework more, and being more organized with the homeschool thing, but I'm also a realist who knows it probably ain't gonna happen. So I'll keep them in mind and see what I can do about it. Maybe I'll make a list of Secondary Resolutions. But it's only going to be a mental list, cause this whole making resolutions thing is way too much work to do twice!


Unknown said...

I love your honesty. I can help refer you with one of those resolutions. everyday mommy made my blog header really inexpensively! It is cute, but it takes time because she is swamped.

I have moved a lot and it has taken me a really long time to get friends!!! I started working out with a group of women from my church and that has helped me a lot because we gab a lot in the mornings-plus we see each other everyday. Blessings this New Year!

Angela S said...

Have you thought about seeing a natruopath? I was NOT into natural medicine before I met my husbands cousin who has crohns. But then I got slowly introduced to it and sure enough when my digestive system went CRAZY we were able to cut out oh a ton, way too many foods, all the good stuff basically for four to six months and sure enough I was able to add things back slowly and was better. Every few months things get bad but the naturopath through muscle testing was able to help me figure out what it was.