Sunday, January 2, 2011

Coming Clean

There's nothing like posting your New Year's Resolutions on your blog to make you feel committed.  If you were reading this blog last year, you would remember that I posted my resolutions on this blog.  I also posted the fibre related ones on my Ravelry group 'Friends of Misty Haven Alpacas Yarn and Garment'.

Well, like many people, much of my resolutions for 2010 didn't get achieved (trying not to use the word 'failure' here).

Okay, I did spend a lot more time with my dyepot as planned. Probably spent more time with my carder than the previous year, but still not as much as I had hoped.

I also did make a point of buying less, but buying better (more local, less packaging, less frivolus consumer goods, etc.)

As I mentioned, I don't want to use the 'F-' word here (...Failure...not the other one!).  So I can be proud of many of the other things that I accomplished this year...things that I didn't consider part of my grand scheme on Dec 31, 2009.

I spent more time writing.
I read more.
I got rid of some debt.
I got rid of time commitments that didn't net me personal enjoyment.
I found a spot and made a great family getaway place to spend summer days.
I spent more time cheering and feeling Canadian pride - sparked by the incredible 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
Spent more time with my camera.
Used less electricity and less gas for the car. (Yes, the environment is always on my mind, but the rising prices of electricity and gas force us all to be more mindful of how we do things.)

I caught comedian Ron James' New Years Eve special.  At the end, he was joined by Canadian musicians Kim Mitchell and Ed Robertson (Bare Naked Ladies) to sing a song called 'Why Pretend?'.  It's a funny song about the real outcomes of most of our well-intentioned New Year's resolutions.

So, in that spirit...I'm NOT making any resolutions for 2011.

My fortune cookie from New Years Day lunch says "Try everything once, even the things you don't think you will like".

Sounds like good advice to me.

Happy New Year!


katkin said...

I watch that special too.It was funny.I have never made any resolutions,cause I always seem to break them.

luckybunny said...

I agree the fortune cookie had good advice! And also agree with not making any New Year's resolutions, mine is just to get healthy and enjoy each day. Just doing the best we can works better than saying "oh ya, I didn't do that either." Happy New Year to you and your family, human and critters!

Wooly Knits n Bits said...

I like your idea of looking at what was accomplished in 2010 instead of what was not. You've accomplished a lot!
I agree with your comment on my blog, let's make this year, the year we take care of ourselves. We'll be stronger for it and more able to make a difference in the world around us.

Norma from Misty Haven Alpacas said...

Thanks for popping in Katkin, luckybunny and Wooly.

Azure Islands Designs said...

Great fortune cookie...

I stopped making resolutions many years ago...instead I vow to be the best person I can for me!!!

Sounds as though you had an enjoyable New Years Eve...Dawn and I went to see Wayne...the Elvis impersonator, at the Clarion...we had a great time!!!


Mona said...

Great post. I too prefer to focus on the accomplishments ... I think your comment 'I got rid of time commitments that didn't net me personal enjoyment' was the best! The more joy we have in our lives, the more joy comes to us. Life is certainly the best when experienced in joy, isn't it? Have a great day, and year.