My 2016 Secret New Year’s Resolutions

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We always hear about the popular New Year’s resolutions but do you ever keep a list of secret New Year’s resolutions?  You know the ones that you plan on doing but don’t necessarily tell other people about?  Maybe it’s embarrassing or maybe no one knows you are doing something that you want to change.  Whatever the case, we keep these resolutions a under the radar. secret New Year’s resolutions

Some years, I don’t make any resolutions.   Other years, I have given it lots of thought.  This year, having spent more time on line and engaging with people, I’ve thought about more that I need or want to change.  Sure, I want to eat healthy or keep eating healthy and exercise more but that’s obvious.  Maybe some would say cliche.  If those resolutions were on my list, wouldn’t you stop reading?  You don’t want to hear that I want to exercise more!

You want to hear some unconventional resolutions, right?  I have taken the time to consider things I want to  change that are on the road less traveled or let’s say less publicized.  Normally, I wouldn’t put myself out there and share but having a blog is my commitment to opening up my life and sharing with you.  It’s not because I’m special or different but because I want to inspire my readers to be free to express themselves.  I want you to know that you aren’t alone.  As embarrassing as it might be, these are my secret New Year’s resolutions.  While I could easily be judged here, I know the person who chooses to judge me has just as many skeletons in their closet to clean out.  Don’t we all?  Someone who chooses to judge is irrelevant to me and by definition, irrelevance doesn’t matter.  Coming to that realization is why I started my blog in the first place!

My Secret New Year’s Resolutions

1.  I will vote

Vote election 2016

I moved to Arizona eleven years ago and never registered to vote.  That’s right.  I’m an American and I haven’t bothered to vote in many years.  Why not?  Well, to be frank, I don’t want to be inconvenienced.  I don’t want an extra task on my list of things to do.  I avoid political issues and discussions at all costs (still plan to do that).  So, I’m not making this resolution so I can justify complaining about anything or jumping into political discussions.  I would like to be more aware and set an example for my children to follow.  I will now go over to my parents house and clean up the vomit my dad just did on the floor.

2.  I will arrive at work earlier

secret New Year's resolution on time to work

I get up every morning around 6:30.  Well, sometimes I stretch it to 7:00.  I usually get to work at 9:00 (some days I arrive earlier but it’s only once a week).  My office is 15-20 minutes from my home.  Yes, if you just did the math it takes me over two hours in the morning to get ready.  I don’t want to change my morning routine (having my coffee, doing email, and taking my time) so I will get up earlier.  I will set my alarm for 5:50 and get out of bed no later than 6:00.  In 2016, I will arrive at work no later than 8:30.

3.  I will get a mammogram

breast cancer butterfly ribbon

I haven’t gone and had a mammogram in two and a half years.  Why not?  Well, because I’m afraid I might get bad news.  I know that’s irrational but I have this issue where I believe people don’t get sick until they are confirmed to be sick.  I know this a fallacy but perception is my reality just as your perception is yours.  I am avoiding it because it scares me.  The chances of having an unfavorable diagnosis are as low as they could be for the typical woman but I keep making appointments and canceling them.  In 2016, before the end of February, I will go.

4.  I will do more charity work

charity and heart

I already do some charity work but I want to contribute more.  Each year, I participate in an event where my company adopts a classroom at a school and provides gifts for children in need.  I always select two children from the class and purchase gifts.  I also invest over 100 hours making calls and collecting donations for our local United Way chapter.  It is a large fundraiser we have at work.  However, I don’t get up and out and interface with people the way I think I should.  I haven’t decided what event I will do but I will prepare meals for the homeless, paint the inside a home, or participate in another event where I am out of my office or home doing the work.

5.  I will not text and drive improve my driving

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When I’m alone, I text and drive.  This has to stop right away.  It’s not just dangerous for me but it’s irresponsible and puts other people on the road at risk.  I will only look at my phone while the car is stopped.  No exceptions.  Also, while on the topic of driving, I have countless speeding tickets.  All well deserved.  I will slow down and pay attention to how fast I’m going.  I will also go back to driving an SUV after my lease is up.  No more sporty convertibles.  What was I thinking?

6.  I will be less critical of myself

mirror and insecurity

Look at my post about Kybella.  I didn’t share my before photo and include it in the post.  I was too embarrassed by the photo.  What I don’t like about the before photo isn’t even an issue anymore since the treatment addressed it.  Yet, I didn’t post it.  I will add the before photo to the post in January and stop being so critical of myself.  I don’t why I hold myself to higher standards than anyone else but I do.  I need to stop thinking that a before or after photo defines who I am.  It doesn’t and I need to get over it.  This is not an instant change I can make but I am working on it!

7.  I will read books

open novel on wooden table

I spent a lot of time reading articles, blogs, and posts in forums but I don’t read novels.  I would rather read an insert on a prescription about the molecular composition of a drug.  I can’t recall the last time I read a book.  Wait, I read Shades of Grey several years ago.  How unimpressive is that?  I don’t make the time to read and most novels don’t interest me.  They lack the fast moving story line that can be achieved by a motion picture.  Also, I get irritated with a lot of different writing styles.  I will read more novels whether they are books or I start slow with audio books.  Everytime I come across the question “what was the last book you read?”, I cringe because I’ve always hated reading books and I feel like an idiot when I say, I don’t read novels.  secret new year’s resolutions

There you have my secret New Year’s resolutions!  So…. do you have any interesting New Year’s resolutions to share?  Come on, I did!

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P.S. I read these to my husband and he said they don’t sound helpful to him.  As in… they are not benefitting him.  Although I think less speeding and being safer on the road does!  He agreed with that.  He also said I should learn the difference between Van Halen and Led Zeppelin (had to adjust spelling on Zeppelin).

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20 thoughts on “My 2016 Secret New Year’s Resolutions

  1. What a great list of resolutions, its soo nice you are honest about things you want to improve..since im commenting 5 months into the year – im curious if you have done that mammogram? A good read to start with is Gabriel Garcia Marquez or short stories by Alice Munro. Im currently enjoying Americanah – a very hyped book that I must say lives up to the hype 🙂 /Mary

    1. Hi Mary! Yes, I had the mammogram done and it was really convenient as a mobile unit came to my office and I was able to do it there! Thank you so much on the book recommendation! I just made the comment to my husband yesterday that I wasn’t reading novels and I still need to do that! I read a lot of online content but not novels and I would hope to find that to be another way to de-stress.

  2. I posted my resolutions last week too! Very VERY happy to see you doing number 3! A girl I went to high school with had a back injury from playing softball a few months back. It kept getting worse. She had an MRI of her back on New Years Eve and they told her to immediately come back to the hospital. They informed her that she had actually broken her back a few months back, but that was the least of her worries. She has breast cancer. She isn’t even 30 yet. It has already spread to her lymph nodes. Moral of the story is she would have never known if it wasn’t for that MRI!!! She had no lump. So happy you have that mammogram on your list!! Good luck and I pray if comes back fine!

    1. That is so scary. OMG, I can’t imagine how that young lady must be feeling. It’s so heart-breaking when things like this happen. Hopefully, they can treat her and she will be OK but it sounds like she has a rough road ahead. I am definitely on my way! I went about 2 1/2 years ago, all was well so I’m hoping everything is OK but you never know. About 17 years ago, I had a lump I found… I went into absolute complete panic mode. Shut down… preoccupied with horrific thoughts. Even though the doctor said he thought it was nothing before the Ultrasound. Even with that reassurance, I was a basket case. Turned out it was just a benign think that’s pretty common but I remember the fear. It’s so scary.

  3. I want to truly thank you for the honesty….I LOVED this post! I should just sign my name at the bottom because I’m guilty of all of the above although I was to inconvenienced to even think about them as resolutions. Thanks to your post I realize I need to get on the right track!

    1. You are so welcome ???????? I think a lot of people could say they do these things but don’t. Especially the voting ???????? but I’m going to in 2016!! **hugs** I am Doing audio books. I’m moving slowly!

  4. Great resolutions and they are all practical! I’m adding leaving for work earlier too, I’m so bad with leaving last minute.
    I voted for the first time this year and I put it off as an inconvenience but after I voted, I realized how important it makes me feel and how I have an actual say, it’s a weird feeling haha
    Happy New Year! All the best to you and your family xo

    1. I can totally relate to that feeling (not because I voted, well not as far back as I can remember) but I always felt really good if I participated in a charity or did something for a cause. I should have put give blood on the list, I totally forgot but that is one too. I used to do it. But the work thing? I just have get up and get ready and go. I don’t know what I’m doing for 2 1/2 hours but …. ????

      Happy New Year! Be safe!

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