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Warp speed resolutions? Bring ’em on!

It’s the last day of the year. You can’t let it go by without some kind of signature salute!

We made it through 12 months of good and bad. Some of us journaled those times, others stored the memories in our brains. It is time for closure and I have a favor to ask of you today.

For the next 24 hours, do everything in your power to end this year on a high note!

Tonight I thought about the goals I had exactly one year ago. Some I crossed off the list, others – well, they’ll just have to spill over to 2009. It led to an idea for a movie or book: A person who, on the night of December 30th, decides to complete all their resolutions on New Year’s Eve. Talk about waiting until the last minute! Like organizing their family photos, changing their look, falling in love, making up with a friend, getting a new job, etc. I think this would be an excellent project for Will Ferrell, or perhaps an episode for Ugly Betty!

The heck with Hollywood, why not try it ourselves?

We have one day left. How about dusting off that January wish list and microsizing our unfinished business so we can actually complete those goals? In every good story, all hope seems lost and then at the last minute – success! right?

Let’s do it! Here are some ideas to get you started…

1. Change your look.
Hmmm…too late to score a hair appointment on New Year’s Eve. How about parting your hair different? If you normally part it on the left, do it on the right, or in the center. Straighten it if you wear it curly, or the other way around. Wear a different color of lipstick. If you are daring, cut baby bangs.

2. Restyle your home.
Go through your house with a bag and get rid of all the things that bug you or have no meaning to you. Rearrange all the existing stuff by putting it in different rooms. Take two of your lamps and exchange the shades. Swap the rugs in different rooms, or the shower curtains. Take everything off your fridge door so it looks clean.

3. Get more organized.
Whatever little things you have on your fridge, in your CD player, on your desk, in your car, on your notepad – gather them up and put them in a box, or maybe a purse or jewelry box. Pass it off as a “time capsule”! I made this one a couple of years ago. I did a purse swap with Margot Potter that year and used the box she made for me to hold mementos. I still have it intact, and I love it! Little did I know then that I would end up painting my kitchen and family room to match that purse! Thank you, Margot!

4. Lose weight.
Hopefully, you are reading this first thing in the morning. Hurry! Take off your clothes and go weigh yourself. Normally we weigh less first thing in the morning, so you will be lighter than when you went to bed last night!

5. Accomplishments.
Sit down and write down a list of ALL the things you completed this year. They don’t have to be a huge life-changing goal. Little things add up to make one big picture. They can be times you were proud that you stood up for yourself or someone else, or when you saved money and bought something special, changed a tire, when you went hiking and didn’t pass out, or took a class and scored a good grade, gave an important presentation, volunteered somewhere, donated something to charity, learned to draw a face, fit into smaller size pants, used a sewing machine for the first time. The little things count!

6. Travel.
Let me think a second for this one. A movie is too predictable (if you should choose this, I suggest Slumdog Millionaire). A book takes too long. Buying the right CD is tricky.

Got it.

Go eat at a restaurant of a place you want to go to. If that is too hard, heck, go to Cheesecake Factory – they have all kinds of worldly dishes. My favorite there is the Jamaican Black Pepper Shrimp dinner. It comes with plantains, rice, black beans and chutney. That is super easy! And tasty! (Photo from http://yummyinthetummyblog.blogspot.com)

7. Save money.
Hopefully, you have some bills in your wallet. How ’bout coins? Take them out, put them in an envelope, seal it and put it someplace where you will forget about it (but not totally lose it like this) – the pocket of your carry-on suitcase, inside a summer salad cookbook, or your favorite board game. If you don’t have cash on hand, do an instant transfer in your bank account online to savings, or write a check and put it in the envelope. In this case, the intention counts, you have my permission!

8. Exercise.
Get off the chair and do 25 jumping jacks. But don’t hurt yourself! I say this because once I got all brava and did 25 jumping jacks as a dare. I kept landing on my heels and I hurt my back. Leave it to ME to hurt myself doing friggin’ jumping jacks…OK, TMI. On to the next one –

9. Juicy, novela-style romance.
If you have a man, go flirt with him and run your fingers through his hair until he blushes like a fifth-grader. If you don’t have a man – improvise. This sounds weird, but what the heck? It is the last day of the year, go for it: Write a love letter to yourself as if it were from your dream guy. Write everything you want him to say to you. You don’t have to show it to anyone, just do it. Who knows? Maybe it will manifest into reality!

10. I’m leaving this up to you. Please help me finish this list. It can be a spin-off of one I mentioned or one I missed. It can be one you are going to do!


P.S. If any movie producers are reading this, have your people call my people about the film rights.

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12 thoughts on “Warp speed resolutions? Bring ’em on!”

  1. I try not to make resolutions, but for this year I’d love to be able to finish what I start..and if I can’t finish, then take it apart and re-use the pieces! There…now that’s a perfect one for me,lol!

  2. Thanks for all of this new inspiration for ’09!! Looking forward to keeping up with your blog & crafting away at my new projects 🙂

  3. ok, my addition to this is to “live life as if” or as they say, “fake it to you make it”. If you want to be happy, live like a happy person. If you want to be thin, eat and live like a thinner/healthy person. If you want to be empowered – then just do it!

  4. 10. Leave the world better than you find it: Pull some weeds, sweep the porch, give blood, start composting, adopt a rescue pet, or, if you’re in Arizona, send a donation to a school (if it’s postmarked today, it’s a credit on 2008 AZ income taxes!).

  5. I wish people would think in terms of eating in a way that is healthy for your body, excercise for health, to feel better, stronger and not “lose weight” it so falls into the New Years day parade of Jenny Craig etc ads that just scream “let’s start off the year hating myself and my body.

  6. I have one:
    10. Learn a foreign language.
    This is another favorite resolution for many and one that usually goes unmet. Failing to fulfill our resolutions can be devastating to our self esteem so it is VERY important to complete this one. OK, I know what you’re thinking: “How can I learn a foreign language in one day?” Well, the answer is easier than you may think! Swing by your nearest evangelical Christian church for a vigorous “Speaking in Tongues” session! It may take a bit of practice at first, but you’ll get the hang of it. Like many new language learners, you may be shy at first- worried that you’ll make a mistake and be embarrassed. No worries here, though! You’ll do FINE! Don’t waste your money on the Rosetta Stone lessons for this language, either. It’s simply not necessary. Happy New Year!

  7. How about making more time for art or whatever is important to you..reading books, photography..fun stuff. I think we spend way too much time being serious when we really want to play. And resisting playtime makes us grouchy. grr! 😉

  8. My resolution suggestion is make time to have silence and meditation practices in any way that appeals to you and use it for empowerment in any situation that comes your way.

    One of my favorites you wrote Kathy was the love letter one..great idea!!! I think I’ll do that one every day about the man of my dreams and what he would say to me.. and put it inside an envelope with different handwriting along with a stamp..send it out to myself and wait to get it back..okay maybe I have gone too far here..LOL..

    Angelrose752 (at) aol (dot) com


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