Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by goldenguru, Jan 1, 2008.

  1. goldenguru

    goldenguru New Member

    Are you making any?


    Just to relax and enjoy the little things in life more. Seems when it's all said and done, it's the little joys that we need to grab hold of. They are the stuff of life.
  2. timer lady

    timer lady Queen of Hearts

    Not a one....I make a resolution I set myself up to fail.

    I strive each year to improve myself in different ways. The minute I call it a resolution (like a diet) it goes down the toilet. :hammer: :rofl:

    At least I know myself - should after 51 years. :smile:
  3. houseofcards

    houseofcards New Member

    I have my less is more list

    Spend less $, give more time
    Have less anger, communicate more
    Eat less, walk more.
  4. timer lady

    timer lady Queen of Hearts


    I like your less is more. I've been spending the last few weeks culling out the clutter. Anything I have to dust but haven't used in the last 6 months is heading out the door.

    I guess my one resolution I can keep is to get rid of the clutter in my home.

    Now...what I consider clutter & what my family considers clutter is 2 different things. However, they don't clean - specifically dust the house. :rofl:
  5. Scent of Cedar II

    Scent of Cedar II New Member

    To remain present.


  6. LittleDudesMom

    LittleDudesMom Well-Known Member Staff Member

    I'm with Linda - I don't really call them resolutions - they are things I would like to do in 2008.

    One of them is to put on my gear and smash the eggshells that have been surrounding difficult child the last few years. I feel in my gut that this year, the year he turns a teen ( :faint: ), is a critical point for him. I need to begin to require more from him. He needs to remove the sphere of "I'm different, I'm special" that he has helped to create around him. I know in my heart he is able to give a little more, especially at school. I wouldn't push if I felt it was not something that he could accomplish over time. It will take work on both our parts.

    So that is one for difficult child and me.

    My next goal is going to WW with easy child. She is really excited about it. She is such a wonderful daughter (and person) I need to do this for both of us. Again, it will require some hard work, but in long run I think it will actually improve all three of us!

    So my goals are connected to my children. I feel if I can achieve progress, since they are ongoing goals, it will make me a better person and will pay off in the long run for my kids.

    Happy New Year :happy_new_year:

  7. meowbunny

    meowbunny New Member

    Mine is to do more random acts of kindness. I was pretty selfish in 2007 and didn't give of myself, my time or much of anything. It really didn't feel right in the long run, so I'm going back to giving as much as I can, how I can.

    Sharon, what is WW?
  8. hearts and roses

    hearts and roses Mind Reader

    WW is weight watchers I think.

    I like less is more. I've already kick started my plan to get back to being ultra organized. I used to be so organized and then difficult child turned 15 and everything went to he// in a handbasket!

    So, I've bought my planner and will take a few minutes each morning to make a daily plan for myself, whether its for the day or the week. I'd like to be more on schedule. And I really want to schedule time for just me to meditate or do whatever it takes to keep me centered.

    In regards to my girls, I need to continue in learning to detach from them and watch them grow.

    And in regards to H, I aim to be more patient and nicer to him. I'm so stressed all the time and I take it out on him when it's not really fair. I can be very short and have tone with him and I know it's hurtful. He's a good man, works hard and tries. I have to as well.
  9. Marcie Mac

    Marcie Mac Just Plain Ole Tired

    I only hae two - one is making a list of stuff I have to do, like make doctor appointments, fix things that are broken, scheduling a meal BEFORE I go food shopping

    I guess I am starting out with fixing things today - the strong gale force winds blew a section of my fence down, and I have to do something before my dogs decide that the Chuchuwawas (Note to self - purchase a dictionary) next door would make a good snack.

    And the other one is to give up meat again - I lost so much weight a few years ago just not eating meat. I don't want to call it a diet cause I will jinx myself before I even start out.

  10. house of cards,

    I really like your "less is more" list. I'm with you all the way with that. I gave up resolutions years ago - but these are pretty good and certainly achieveable...
  11. Nomad

    Nomad Well-Known Member

    Usually I start working on a list a few days before the lst. Then I finalize it on the first.
    I went out of town...just got back...some right now I'm just now STARTING on my list.
    Actually, working on a resolution list helps me a lot all throughout the year.
    The only thing I know for sure is...
    I want to be more "mindful."
    which is similar to being in the present.
    I also very much like the concept of "less is more."
    One of the more specific things I would like to do is spend less and save more.
    And I too amd a big believe in WW. WW Rocks.
    By the way, an expression I first heard at WW meeting was "if you fail to plan, you plan to fail." Think about it.
  12. Star*

    Star* call 911

    I like House of Cards ideas - eat less walk more.

    And as a former Vegan - I think I love Marcie's idea (Is that true you loose weight? How) I don't eat much meat now and I can't get the inches off. Really? Love to hear about it Marcie.

    Oh and whatever a ChuChuwahwah is - I hope it stays in YOUR neck of the woods. Sounds awful. I will check animal planet.

    I'm also clearing out clutter, cleaning it, marking it with a price and putting it in a box. The first nice day we have - I'm going to the flea market and make some money - and add that to my $1.00 a day Christmas club account. I'm already $7.00 up!

    Oh yes and I want a dictionary too.
  13. Kathy813

    Kathy813 Well-Known Member Staff Member

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Chuchuwawas </div></div>

    You could always just call it that teeny-tiny yappy dog next door.


    Uh-oh, now I have all the Chuchuwawas lovers mad at me. How do you spell it anyway?

  14. klmno

    klmno Active Member

    Oh- our neighbor has one of those! One of our dogs (who's never done this before) thought it was one of her stuffed animals and tried to attack it shortly after we moved in. We got a fence soon afterwards!
  15. Wiped Out

    Wiped Out Well-Known Member Staff Member

    I like the less is more too!
  16. flutterbee

    flutterbee Guest

    It's Chihuahua. And I really don't like those damn dogs. Those and chow's. Must be the 'ch' thing. Never met a chow I could trust.

    I would fantasize about slipping a little ambien to the chihuahua we used to live next door to.

    Let the flaming begin.

    I have resolved to make no more resolutions. :smile: Just going to try to better myself everyday.
  17. GoingNorth

    GoingNorth Crazy Cat Lady

    Chihuahua, named after the state in Mexico from which the breed ostensibly originated.
  18. Scent of Cedar II

    Scent of Cedar II New Member

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Nomatic</div><div class="ubbcode-body">

    I also very much like the concept of "less is more."
    One of the more specific things I would like to do is spend less
    and save more.


    Encouraging the concept of stewardship, which encourages self-respect, rather than accepting the rampant consumerism of the throw-away society ours has become would be a good first step for all of us, I think.

    Lately I have begun watching television a little more ~ starting with the Christmas specials and cooking shows, of course! :smile:
    But boy, by the time I sat through all the commercials, I found that I was more dissatisfied with myself and my belongings than it had occurred to me to be, before I watched those shows.

    Strange, isn't it.

    We're talking things like A Christmas Story and Paula Dean, guys.

    I usually watch Grey's Anatomy too, but I hit the mute button during the commercials because I am actually sitting there watching the show. During the Christmas specials, I left the sound up through all the commercials because the television was just on while we went about our day.

    And all that stuff about how my dullness, boredom, body odors or loneliness could be cured if only I sent away for this or that or spent enough on some other thing just set my teeth on edge.

    Or that brownie commercial where the woman comes home, pops this mess into a microwave and :censored2: it off the fork like it was manna from heaven.

    Even when whatever they were advertising did not apply to me (like getting my prostate checked or using Viva Viagra), I believe that listening to that stuff running in the backgrounds of our lives is a very bad thing for our psyches.

    I am going back to playing music ~ no radio, no commercials in the background, no nothing like that for me anymore.

    An intention toward an attitude of stewardship, toward self-respect and volunteerism.

    I think those are the things which will make us most happy.



    P.S. They say that, even if we do not accomplish our goals, our intentions will go before us, changing things just a little.

    So, our intentions matter very much.

    That is why I said an intention toward blah, blah, blah.

    We always forget that it isn't necessarily the having of a thing that makes us happy, but the planning how our lives will be different, richer and more colorful, once the thing has been achieved.

    Or at least, I do.
  19. fedup

    fedup New Member

    I made a list last year, and even though I didn't keep track of the list, I managed to fulfill over half of the intentions. I have a list for this year, and have even added to it. The one thing to remember is to make the goals manageable. To do this, I have put down steps toward the goals, and I will make multiple copies of my list. I will try to look at it daily, although I am already -01 on that. there are 8 things on my list, and I have a lot to do. Perhaps, I should get busy.
  20. DammitJanet

    DammitJanet Well-Known Member Staff Member

    LMAO Barbara on the Viva Viagra commercials being bad for you! I dont even pay them any attention. Those or the commercials for feminine products anymore. I have no clue what the latest and greatest products are because I simply tune them out. The only one that bothers me is Smiling Bob...lmao.