Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Year's Resolutions

Today is New Year's Eve. It is always a day of celebration as well as reflection.

Over the years I have learned to be realistic. I don't wait until January 1 to make a New Year's Day resolution - I make resolutions during the year. But I do stop and think pretty hard on New Year's Day about the past year and the year to come.

It is natural to want to become a better person, both physically and mentally. This year one of my biggest goals is to become less judgmental. One of my weaknesses is that I am extremely judgmental - and that can cause you to be less open minded.

I also want to force myself to move out of my comfort zone and do some things I have not done for a long time. I want to become like Jim Carrey and learn to say YES! to new opportunities.

I have spent the last several years living a very quiet life style. I want to break out of that and fly off to Vancouver for a few days in March.

I want to drive to St. Louis and watch a Cardinals game.

I want to go to Chicago and walk through the Chicago Art Institute and see the city.

Tonight Bailey and I will have a quiet evening. I will watch Iowa State play in a bowl game (Go Cyclones!) and just enjoy all the good things I have to be thankful for and think about the fun things that await this coming year.

I hope Bailey remembers I like chocolate cake. Last year he made a Milk-Bone Biscuit case. He liked it better than I did! But I had to admit, it wasn't too bad!

Happy New Year and thanks for stopping by!


Jo said...

What a fabulous post..! You live in a part of the country where you can drive to so many fabulous places -- Chicago being one of them. Maybe even New York...!

Life has so many possibilities, and I hope 2010 has all sorts of wonderful things in store for you. (Maybe even a ride on the Skytrain in Vancouver..?)

Happy New Year, Russell..!

Small City Scenes said...

Yep---it is time to do what you have always wanted to do---go for it!! I tell myself that all the time. LOL

Happy new year to you----the wonder awaits. MB

Snappy Di said...

Wishing you a very happy New Year safe at home with Bailey tonite. We will be here sipping champagne with our mutts curled up in front of the fireplace.

The Blue Ridge Gal

Hilary said...

I hope you finally make it to Vancouver in 2010.. here's hoping. :)

And maybe Bailey will compromise on the cake. Milk Bone/Chocolate.. Milk Chocolate.

Happy New Year, my friend. I'm glad you pop into my mailbox now and then. You're a joy to know.

Maureen said...

Happy New Year Russell, I hope you get that chocolate cake.

Marge said...

Happy New Year, Russell. I hope the year ahead brings you all the blessings you can handle. And a trip to Vancouver too!

Corpus Christi was 73 this afternoon when we arrived. And humid. I don't like humid!


Carla said...

I'm so glad you're going to finally meet Jo. Happy New Year, Russell!

Marge said...

I just watched the Rose Bowl Parade and thought of you, Russell. You had written a post that you wanted to attend the parade in person. Maybe next year you will!

Happy New Year!