I don’t have resolutions.  People don’t tend to stick to resolutions- resolutions end as the month of February begins.  I always hate going to the gym in January- 1 million new members join and show up.  he gym gets crowded.  On February 1st, we will retain 5 new members.  The rest are just making the gym happy by paying dues.

I have goals.  I make a plan.  I break the goal into little steps.  I write those down in my planner.  These are my goals, both big and small.

  1. Last year, one of my new goals was to make sure I saw my 5 closest local friends once a month.  I did a great job with keeping that, though sometimes monthly wasn’t possible.  It was really nice being able to connect with my friends in real time as opposed to texting.
  2. Last year I also began unsubscribing to the random promotional emails I get.  I still have so many.  this year I plan on getting rid of the store emails.
  3. I am not shopping specifically because there is a sale.  I end up with things I do not want/need.  I would rather pay more for something I love.
  4. Eating healthy.  Of course there are many definitions of this, like, I ate blueberry crumble pie for breakfast the other day and I decided it was healthy because duh, blueberries and the topping was made of oats and nuts.  As far as my brain was concerned I was eating granola and fruit with milk. (I can’t have pie without whipped cream)
  5. Novel.  I plan on finishing my novel and 2nd draft.
  6. Literary agent.  Yes.  I need one.
  7. Blogging- 5 days a week assuming I have internet connection.
  8. Date nights with husband 1-2 times a week, one of those being couples/group date thing
  9. One activity with my daughter
  10. Dropping 12 pounds that crept up on me
  11. Knitting.  I’ve always wanted to learn
  12. Getting a little better at photography
  13. reading 50 books – (I fell a little short this year- I stand at 45- I may read 4 picture books and finish book I’m reading
  14. Organize blog reading time better.  I have so many blogs I want to read, but I need to find a better way to incorporate reading them.  This is a work in progress cause i don’t know the best way yet
  15. Trying to be a little more stylish.  No idea how I’m going to break this up into little pieces and plan it out.  This could be a tough one. (says the woman currently in a stained sweatshirt, leggings and faux fur lined boots- it’s 15 degrees in NYC but feels like 2 in my apartment)
  16. Try different teas.  I tend to get into a tea rut where I drink my old standbys.  I want to be more adventurous.
  17. Exercise at least 5 days a weeks and make sure I do weights at least twice.  I tend to do my cardio but I’m really bad at the weights thing, but I know it’s necessary
  18. Ok- this isn’t a goal but an anecdote of sorts.  My daughter, though a battle worn and urbane 16 year old, also has a soft, whimsical side.  In NYC we have internet kiosks, places on street corners that used to house pay phones now have places where you can charge your device or scroll the internet.  On Christmas Eve these kiosks had a special call Santa feature.  As we walked home from the restaurant where we had family dinner, My daughter asked me to come with her to “Call Santa.”  We smiled as the Santa voice came on and asked if she’d been good (questionable) and what she wanted.  She smiled and laughed, the 5 year old coming out in her eyes, and she said “Santa, how about putting a good word for me at ___________( the impossible to get into college she wants).  The Early action decisions come out before Christmas next year.”  So this isn’t a goal, it isn’t a wish, it’s just me knowing I have to put on my Mom pants in 2018 and help my kid in whatever capacity she needs me- so I need the strength to help her.


Happy New Year to you all and hoping 2018 is spectacular.

59 thoughts on “The Future is Now

  1. Unroll.me

    It’s definitely saved me from so many marketing emails, and it’s so much easier & faster than clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom of those emails. Plus, it lets me roll up the ones I might actually WANT to see/use into one digest/newsletter type email that I can turn to when I want a coupon for Joann’s to buy more yarn (or whatever).

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  2. I’ve also resolved to re-learn to knit. I knew how, years ago, and I remember it making me feel serene while I was doing it. Somehow I’ve completely forgotten everything I knew about it. But I have a kids book with big colorful pictures to teach me how to knit, so I’m going to do it.

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  3. Exercise 5 days a week…ambitious. When I return to work, if I get in twice a week at the gym, I am good with that. Since I am on my feet a lot, I count that as exercise. I like the one about seeing friends in person. I made a commitment to join a book club as I find myself relying too much on old friends on social media and it just is not the same. Good luck with all of your resolutions.

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      1. Wonderful. If I lived in the city, I would prefer walking every day and people watching. I walk almost every day in Florida and often bike ride. Would you believe I still have remnants of this cold/flu? Tomorrow, I will go to the gym and do some lesson prep work /powerpoints for next semester.

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  4. #15-I’ve thrown up my hands at stylish. I’m 59,working on losing weight…,its also cold in my house so. Sweats and thermals are my style.
    #11-knitting-get size 9 needles and 1 skien of worsted weight yarn(#4). Cast on 50 stitches and do garter stitch. Easy,can watch tv and do it. Of course you’ll need a wee bit of help with casting on and binding off. Get a knitting for dummies book. Lots of show &tell. A friend who knows how is better. (P.S. this will make a scarf)

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  5. so many goals, big and small – i come up short. so short, you’re a giant beside me. my plans, hmmm, i take small ones at a time, finish that, move to the next one. i guess i’m like those people who goes to the gym on january and never return. and it looks like your daughter is like you, planning for the future. happy new year to you too, my friend.

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  6. New Years Resolutions. Or, as I call them, Hey, look, a pan of lasagna. Seriously, resolutions are so hard to keep, and we just disappoint ourselves in the end, don’t we? But I do try. I think we all do. I think a good resolution isn’t to start something, but rather MAINTAIN. I quit drinking 128 days ago. I will CONTINUE to not drink through 2018. I started working out in November. I will continue to do so, etc. I’m also with you on the spam emails. I hate those things. And “unsubscribe” never seems to work. Good luck to you on your endeavors, though! Love your blog.

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  7. Many of your plans struck a chord with me, I need more discipline to exercise for one. However one I missed on your list was put yourself first days. We are not kryptonians, so remember that we can be our own worst critic and taking a morning to do nothing but wear pjs around the house is not a bad thing.

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  8. Good luck. Strap yourself in because the college application process can be very stressful. The happiest parents/kids I know let the kids handle it. My son applied early decision and thankfully got in, so it was settled by early January. Not a bad idea if you don’t want drama.

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    1. Oh. It’s all her. One if her presents was a book on the best way to fill out the common app though….nothing says merry Christmas like a book about getting into college. She has a clear first choice, which is a reach school, and she will be applying ea, but I think this school is single choice ea, so…..but it’s so hard to get into, and though she is technically qualified, so are 10000 other kids. They have the official “college kick off” breakfast towards the end of January. Good times. I can only say, that one year from now, all apps will be in and then it’s a waiting game.


      1. Yes, it’s a relief when it’s over. My niece just got into her top choice school early, and everyone is terribly relieved. My only advice – and I realize you’re not asking, but I’m giving – is don’t apply to 18 schools. I know a few kids who did that, and it made no sense.

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  9. During the year I always sort of think it’d be nice to try different teas. I might even buy a box of something… only to see it in the garbage several months later because I never tried it more than once. I hope you fare better than me. – Marty

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