It's that time again - to reflect on the year just passed and think about actions to take for the next 365 days.
Last January, I wrote this:
The last several years, I've only had two resolutions:
- Take better care of my family
- Take better care of myself
The actions I vowed to take to fulfill those resolutions were simple. For item #1, I vowed to do a better job of managing our family's finances and to spend more time cooking them healthy meals.
For item #2, I embarked on a diet and exercise program. I bought that month's popular diet book and made an effort to walk a mile each day after dropping my daughter off at school.
By February, those simple plans had been abandoned. The cooking came to an end at the point that my daughter's gymnastics once again took over our evenings. And the walking stopped as I got busier with my blogging activities (which, in 2007, started becoming more than a hobby by providing me with income that's replaced what I earned at the part time school job I'd given up the previous spring).
As for the diet -- well, I never even finished reading the book.
So I am amused and still a little bit surprised that on the last day of 2007, I am sitting at my sister's home weighing 45 pounds less. Midway through the year, I had a health scare when a friend of mine ended up in the hospital with a condition that could easily happen to me.
I plunked down my hard-earned money to pay for a weight loss program at a local clinic. I've been dieting, exercising and trying to change my lifestyle.
This has wreaked havoc on Resolution #1. In the process of taking care of myself, I have spent a fortune in doctor and dental bills, as well as the diet program and related expenses like a health club membership.
I'm trying not to think about that, because for the first time in years, I really am taking care of myself. And my family is grateful.
And I'm reminded that life is an unpredictable adventure. It's all right to make plans, but probably better not to spend TOO much time doing so, because you don't really know what's coming down the road.
And that's OK. Maybe even part of the fun.
I wish all my friends, readers and family a wonderful 2008, full of health, wealth and most important, LOVE.