Friday, December 29, 2006

January 2007

Resolutions? I used to make them consistently every December 31st. And break them just as consistently once the newness of the new year wore off, and it became too hard to do all those unrealistic things I'd assigned myself.

Nowadays I try to be more simplistic in the expectations I want to achieve. How's this for a mini-list?

1) Write and finish at least three books in 2007.

2) Get published, preferably multi.

3) Be more content with what I have.

4) Appreciate my friends and loved ones even more.

5) Learn patience. (Big sigh)

6) Get THIN--for me!

7) Exercise more.

And that's all I can think of.

For your eyes only . . .

I came across this today and thought you'd get a kick out of it. Don't let your kids see it, or you'll get nothing done but celebrating all month! Enjoy!

January is:

Oatmeal month.
1st: New Year's Day
3rd: J.R.R. Tokien's birthday (you know, the one who wrote the Harry Potter books)
5th: National Bird Day
7th: Old Rock Day (whatever that is!)
9th: National Apricot Day
11th: Milk Day
12th: Work Harder Day (Now that's something to celebrate!)
13th: Rubber Duckie's Birthday
15th: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
16th: National Nothing Day (who thinks up these things? How about a
18th: Winnie the Pooh Day
19th: Popcorn Day (now that makes sense!)
23rd: Measure Your Feet Day (Oh, brother!)
24th: National School Nurse Day (the day I celebrate anything to do with doctors, you can come
visit me in the looney bin!)
25th: Opposite Day (What?)
25th: National Kazoo Day
26th: Australia Day
31st: Backward Day (as in shy, or everything's going in reverse?)

So there you have it. If you get bored, you gotta lot of things you can celebrate.

A few more hints to just for you to finish out the year. Next year will pick back up giving you a few for the house, the kids, etc. Remember that life is an adventure. Don't miss it!

1) Reconnect with an old friend. Don't let an address change or the passing of time erase someone from your life. Invest in your future joy.

2) Select a life verse. Get intimate with a portion of Scripture that means something special to you by studying it, memorizing it, meditating on it, and applying what God shows you about it.

3) Unplug for a day. Send a letter instead of an email. Put on a sweater instead of turning up the heat. Light some candles instead of turning on the lights at night. Rediscover some of life's simpler pleasures (and you might look forward to the next time the power goes out.).

4) Create a self-portrait. Consider this: you were created in God's image. Now find a pencil and write down something about yourself, or take some art pencils and draw your self. Take a ball of clay and fashion an image of yourself. Remember God loves you. You're special.

Two Quotes for you to finish out this year's blogging:
The book is closed . . . The year is done, the pages full of tasks begun . . . and may we find before the end, a deep content . . . another friend. --Arch Friend

And . . .

God knows the rhythm of my spirit and knows my heart thoughts. He is as close as breathing. God takes care of all who stay close to Him.

Blessings for a Happy New Year and a big thanks for reading my meandering thoughts!

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