My resolutions almost always come true. It’s weird, but they become fact. I read what I wrote for 2009 and smiled. I never reread them until now. But they happened. Maybe it’s because they’re realistic and manageable. Maybe it’s because I write them, post them, and put them out there into the world. In honor of my past resolutions, I’m going to write them out differently this year. I try to think of them in terms of mind, body, and spirit. So here goes. In 2010,
Mind: I will get a huge raise because my work is valued and recognized. I will continue the craft of writing through blogging, rewrites, and persistence. Like 2009, I will be published and build my portfolio of published clips. My readership will grow because I write what others can relate to. I’ll take writing classes and immerse myself in the Bay Area’s very lively literary scene.
Body: I will start running races again because they’re fun and I always feel connected to the community when I do them. I love watching the grandfolks running faster than me. “Go grandpa, go!” I will eat whatever I want, whenever I want, and not gain any weight. I will carve out time to go hiking and camping. I will snowboard for the first time in at least five years.
Spirit: I will coexist lovingly and peacefully with my future husband Dean. I will learn to fight fair, stop insisting I’m right, and do everything I can to move the relationship forward. I will try to be at peace with myself and stop the ‘what if’ scenarios. I know I’m getting there. A friend of mine said, “I know at least five guys who were going to ask you out at the reunion. I had to break it to them that you’re engaged.” Anyone (or at least the former me) would have asked for names. But I laughed instead…not the least bit curious. I’m a different person now–loyal, happy, and ready for a lifetime commitment. I will pray every day and go to church every Sunday. I will sing, laugh, and travel with friends and family.