At the start of a brand new year, it's useful to take inventory, to see what I have to work with in 2009.
With these two things in mind, I see what I need to do to improve my life, in the form of New Year's Resolutions. By the way, I only made two New Year's Resolutions last year and I actually kept them! They were: to use my own shopping bags, coffee cup and water bottle. Not 100 percent of the time, but most of the time, I succeeded. We made so much less trash this year.
I'm thankful for the following things:
- My amazing growing sons who constantly delight, surprise and challenge me even as they make my life rich.
- The long remission of my MS, which hasn't flared up full force since December 1999. Nearly a decade!
- The constant presence of hope in my life and the dynamic sense of always moving forward.
- My sister who is terra firma for many people, not just me.
- My friends who never give up on me.
- The professors at HSU who have become so dear that I almost dread graduating: Prof. Doty. Prof. Ahokas and Prof. Stacey.
- All the great things out there in the world yet to do, see and discover.
- My job which I absolutely adore and actually look forward to every week.
- The things that make me laugh.
- My mind (you'll appreciate this if, God forbid, you ever have a brain disorder).
- My faith, a private thing, but I need to mention it.
- To do something active, preferably outdoors, every day.
- To write my thesis in reasonable increments throughout the next five months.
- To graduate with distinction in May.
- To engage only with people who build me up and to build up my friends and acquaintances in return.
- To be thrifty and not wasteful.
- To be a wise and loving guide as my sons reach into adulthood.
- To be ethical.
- To get rid of everything that doesn't pass this test: Do I love it or is it useful? I'd like to lighten my load by half.
- To find a yoga class.