I look forward to New Year's. There is something about a new year, a fresh start. I'm not sure if I've always been this way, but at least the past few years I know I've looked forward to a new beginning. 2007 was a year that was very hard for me and really left me caring for the others in my life, more than taking care of myself. 2008 started similarly. It wasn't until I made the decision to take an unplanned, unscheduled vacation for me in April that I started putting myself first. I really want to continue the momentum I felt toward the end of last year and make 2009 the year that I took care of myself.
My goal for the new year is simple. I am going to put myself first and take care of myself....physically, emotionally, financially, and spiritually. Simple, yet not so easy.
Big goal, little steps.
I'm going to exercise 5 or 6 days a week. Or at least make a conscious effort to do so. 30 minutes a day they say.
I'm going to eat healthy. Keep going to weight watchers (and not just when I've lost weight).
I'm going to make time to cook more and try new recipes.
I'm going to read more. If I'm on the treadmill more, that should increase my reading time. Believe it or not, I joined the 52 books in 52 weeks group over on Ravelry. NOT because I'll be able to read 52 books, but to be part of a group that enjoys reading and recommends good books, etc. will keep me motivated. I'd be happy with 12. We'll see how I do.
I'm going to be better about sticking to my budget. Cooking at home more will help. Being more conscious of the "extra" things I buy...thinking do I really need this?
I'm going to knit more from my stash. Note that I didn't say I was going on a yarn diet. Don't quite think that'll work for me. You know, that diet thing. Maybe I'll have Fall In Love with Your Stash Fridays...FILYSF...or not. I'm hoping that this will be my hardest goal to achieve (if I lose 40 pounds this year but keep buying yarn, well, not too bad). But, hey, I haven't bought yarn in a week. Good start.
I'm going to keep challenging myself with my knitting. I've even already started this one. Both Snowboarder and Lil' Guy have new hats, designed by me. Soon to be seen by you.
I'm going to sock camp. And sock summit.
I'm going to take care of me.
So, as I was wrapping this post up, looking for a linky-link, I was distracted by Amanda's blog post. Go read it. She and a few others are using one tiny little word to focus on for 2009. Health. Now. Purpose. Maybe I was onto something with the title of this post.
My word for 2009......
Mine : that which belongs to me
Looking forward to 2009!! Thanks for coming along for the ride!