Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Obligatory Resolutions Post

I feel as though I should be making some really lighthearted, hilarious post about resolutions for 2013.

Or, failing that, I should be really serious and post a meaningful, thoughtful list of things I hope to accomplish this year; things I want to change and improve about myself and for my family; things to make this world a better place.


I don't make New Year's resolutions, generally.  First of all, I'm back to being a teacher.  My new year came and went with Back-to-School season!  And second of all, I do make lists -- countless lists!! -- every day.  I cross-reference my lists.  My to-do list will have a "see work to-do" list, and a "grading" to-do list, a "see grocery list" list ...   Every day, I resolve to make progress on my lists.  Well, except on the days I resolve to not worry about my lists, in which case I usually just make new lists.  You know -- prettier lists all written in the same sharpie extra-fine point, all nice and ready for things to be crossed out ... when I get back in the crossing-out kind-of mood...

And I feel like in my own quiet way, I am always trying to do better.  I don't mean that to sound either flippant or trite; I really genuinely try to always do better.  Not for bragging's sake, but for being a better person's sake.  Better at work, better at home, better at staying on top of household chores, better at being a good mommy, a good wife, a good teacher, a good person ... heck, just plain old better at crossing things off my lists!

And I can't stand people who show up at church just on Easter or Christmas, so I extrapolate that and say that don't like showing up at the gym just in January.   I think that connection makes sense -- at least, it does in my head.

Anyway.  So, I have no resolutions.

Well, other than the usual, every day resolution:  to do the best I can, all the time, and to be as nice as I can be to most of the people, most of the time.

I will give up something for Lent, though.  When God's holding me accountable, that's a whole different can of worms! 

Happy New Year, everyone!  May 2013 bring us all more blessings than we deserve, and less sadness than we deserve.*  


*it's an Irish blessing somewhere, but I think I butchered it.  Sorry. I hope you know what I mean -- may your 2013 be great!


  1. Happy New Year and Roll Tide Jen! I have no resolutions either, and if that's wrong, well it is what it is!

    1. Thanks, Kerry, and a Happy New Year and Roll Tide to you, too!

  2. Happy New Year - and I love any and all Irish blessings, no matter how butchered. But I think you got this one mostly right!

    1. Thanks, Marianne -- Happy New Year! Sorry I've been delinquent replying to your comments the past few weeks. I've read them but had only iPad access to reply and the last time I tried doing a blog-related thing from the iPad, I deleted the entire post. Whoops! Hope you've had a great few weeks. I can't wait to read your book!

  3. I don't generally do Resolutions either and like you, am always trying to better myself. That said, there is something about New Years that feels like a fresh start to me... maybe it's because you break out a new calendar (or at least you did before the days of online calendars :) )