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My Goals for 2013

Updated on August 26, 2013
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The Pre-resolution Ritual

The second day of December in the year of our Lord, 2012, finds me primed for doing the traditional goal-setting thing. You know, the stuff we call New Year's Resolutions.

On one hand, I'm feeling rather smug about not procrastinating over accomplishing a relatively simple project. I'm actually doing this with almost an entire month's cushion.

On the other hand, at 60 years of age, the whole thing seems even more daunting than before. Where do I start? What areas of my life can I actually improve upon? Even before I start, I 'm concerned about whether I'm going to really buckle down and keep these commitments to myself.

Okay, I need to slow my anxious thoughts down to a snail's crawl. I need to, as much as possible, empty my mind so I can focus on the genesis of a single thought. My usually very busy mind allows for the shortest of windows in which to do this, so I need to really, really concentrate.

First, a sip of my green tea...Ah, that's SO soothing! Okay...better.

...A deep breath in, followed by a slow and deliberate exhalation...

Alright, let's do this!

2013--the Spiritual Resolutions

  • I resolve to start each day with a prayer.
  • I resolve to read a few pages in my Bible in order to have read it in its entirety by midnight, December 31st, 2013.
  • I resolve to be thankful for every day of life.
  • I resolve to end each day with a prayer.

2013--the Physical Resolutions

  • I resolve to walk, jog, or run a cumulative distance of at least 1000 miles in 2013.
  • I resolve to do push-ups, sit-ups, and other calisthenics every day.
  • I resolve to take in less calories and expend more calories every day with the exception of holidays and family reunions.
  • I resolve to get a good night's rest throughout the year.
  • I resolve to take naps as needed.
  • I resolve to eat nutritiously.
  • I resolve to lose weight.

2013--the Mental Resolutions

  • I resolve to read, aside from my Bible, something new every day--hubs, articles, reports, newspapers, novels, non-fiction books, magazines, letters, or whatever else I might find.
  • I resolve to stay abreast of current events.
  • I resolve to do online research for my various projects.
  • I resolve to occasionally do puzzles.
  • I resolve to write for a disciplined half hour or more each day.
  • I resolve to write 150 hubs in 2013, allowing myself the flexibility to create and modify my writing schedule as I go.

2013--the Social Resolutions

  • I resolve to be a blessing to my wife in our empty nest years.
  • I resolve to do a lot of fun things and build a lot of great memories with my wife.
  • I resolve to be as ready and eager to do the dishes (and other household chores) as I am to go on a date.
  • I resolve to be a loving and responsible role model for my adult children and young grandchildren as well as other members of our extended family.
  • I resolve to maintain healthy and responsible boundaries.
  • I resolve, in keeping with a promise I made to God years ago when He rescued me from the dung heap, to never turn down a request to sing a solo, help with social and civic functions, or provide support and assistance in any other way for others in my community.
  • I resolve, along with my wife, to visit the elderly and shut-ins, bringing them love and cheer.
  • I resolve to write letters to family and friends.
  • I resolve to support and encourage my fellow writers on HubPages and/or other writing sites.

2013--the Emotional Resolutions

  • I resolve to be kind to myself.
  • I resolve to laugh as much as possible.
  • I resolve, when faced with a crisis or conflict, to identify the hurt in others in order to help quell, not accelerate, a situation.
  • I resolve to be forgiving of others as well as of myself.
  • I resolve to be honest and responsible in my interactions and transactions with others.
  • I resolve to say, I'm sorry.
  • I resolve to say, Thank you.
  • I resolve to allow myself to be justifiably angry without acting out in anger.
  • I resolve to anticipate the needs of others.

2013--the Entrepreneurial Resolutions

  • I resolve to continue building my ebay business in 2013.
  • I resolve to become an ebay Trading Assistant in 2013.
  • I resolve to begin negotiations and hopefully conduct trade with vendors in China.
  • I resolve to be a man of integrity in my business transactions.
  • I resolve to continue writing diligently as well as provide support and encouragement to others on HubPages.
  • I resolve to tithe faithfully.

Some Post-resolution Thoughts

I read somewhere that when a person wants to lose weight, one of the things they can do is to magnetically pin a picture of a slim person on their refrigerator door that serves as both a source of inspiration as well as a last resort reminder not to fudge with his or her diet.

Instead of employing the image of a complete stranger, I'm using a picture of me at 25 years of age. No, I'll never be that young and strong and virile again. It's simply a psychological device to motivate one towards a certain standard.

One of the laws of inertia, if you will, is that a body at rest tends to remain at rest. The other law is that a body in motion tends to stay in motion. Resolutions being dynamic processes, we always want to opt for the law of inertia that gets us moving. That's the right choice if we want to live life to its fullest. Whether spiritually, physically, mentally, socially, emotionally, or otherwise, we want to always be moving, literally and figuratively.

So that, in a proverbial (coco)nutshell, is what I'll be all about in 2013. The Hawaiian Odyssey continues!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Kathryn!

    I am so proud of you in a big brotherly fashion, empathizing with you over the recent curveball life threw you and cheering you on as you forge a new direction. Your resilience and passion for life are admirable qualities, Kathryn, and I daresay they'll sustain you quite well as you set your goals for the coming year.

    Sounds like you had a most pleasant day with Andy at Sullivans. As I recall, Castle Island was a destination point in your hub about walking. If so, both the establishment's and nature's ambiance were perfect for both people watching and introspection.

    My wife and I have been working hard lately posting as much as we can on eBay as the holiday season quickly approaches. We had lunch at a Subway and went shopping for a couple of hours. Tomorrow morning, I need to go on a long walk, do my monthly weigh-in, and work on a new hub. Several friends are writing on Bubblews, so I might give that a look-see.

    I'm so glad you stopped by, Kathryn, and I wish you a wonderful week. You're a very special and gifted individual, and I look forward to reading more of your work in the weeks to come. Aloha, my friend!

    ~Joe

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    Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

    I am in the process of evaluating my goals and resolutions (I want to make a hub about it soon), and this is great inspiration for me to read right now. The year is 2/3 of the way through, so it is nice to reflect on what has been accomplished, and decide what else needs to be improved. It's interesting to see your own personal list, and it seems to me like you have been doing a great job at achieving many of them!

    Have a great day, my friend. I hope you have had a wonderful holiday weekend. Mine was relaxing. I worked today, but when I got home, I went with Andy (my roommate) to "Sullivans" at Castle Island, and we had a light lunch and ice cream cone, and sat down and watched people and the water. Very relaxing.

    Have a great day!

    ~ Kathryn

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @xstatic

    I totally understand why you like Nellieanna, Jim. I have just made her acquaintance and am blessed to have done so. Raining hard over here today...fortunately, I got my hour in this morning before the drizzle started. Have a terrific weekend!

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    Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

    I had to come back and read these interesting comments. Nellieanna is a favorite of mine also.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Nellieanna

    Wow! I am so blessed by your sage response. What I really like and appreciate about you is your QUALITY connection with your fellow community members here in Hubsville. Your comments and responses to comments could actually be hubs! : ) You take time to connect and reinforce those connections. Thank you for setting a wonderful example. I am very appreciative of you and your messages of integrity.

    I am in Hermiston, Oregon, as I write these words. My dear wife is at a naturopath/chiropractor, and whenever we do this hour long (each way) road trip, we also spend time buying inventory for our respective eBay selling accounts. It's what we do, and it's also a quality time date for us. When she picks me up at this Starbucks coffee shop, I will exit the store with a glow that you've lit with your kind and uplifting words. Thank you, Nellieanna, and I send up good thoughts and blessings in return. Aloha! Joe

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    Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

    Thank you, though I don't regard any of this as ranting. We may or may not agree on everything - - few do, even those who line up like clones proclaiming a common perspective - - but it seems to me we have many basic tenets in common. There are a few folks I've met in my life whose lives demonstrated their Christian principles, but there are more whose lives contradict what they claim.

    Almost every inspired great leader's original messages seem to become diluted and distorted by less inspired promoters, even among the first dozen of them! They do not possess the same inspiration as their master, but can only apply what-all they do have to their effort to spread the message. If god meant to replace the human part with all-divine, we probably wouldn't be here. Statistics proved one of the 12 even betrayed him, which resulted in Paul's entry into that group, coming directly from the opposite camp! They obviously were all humans and behaved like humans - with their individual human traits. If anything, it demonstrates that part of the gospel message may be that humans are the vessels down here, with our humanity - to be utilized, and also to be upgraded, but not to be rejected, as often seems to be preached! Despising our humanity truly seems to be despising our creation. What does that say about eternal truth or our faith in it?

    I've extensive religious training & background which directs me to keep my religion simple, practiced and my own. Whatever message I may have derived is more likely to be demonstrated rather than 'preached'. Even this explanation is pretty rare for me. The preponderance of stereotyping when one attempts to explain is counterproductive, I think. I won't debate it. There is nothing debatable.

    I don't personally follow Joel Osteen but have been exposed a bit because of an old friend who lives in Houston & is an enthusiastic supporter who sings in the choir backing up the evangelist on the TV shows! He's invited me to tune in.

    I did happen to listen to one of Joel's TV sermons & found it uplifting and him, likable. The critic on your hub about Mr. Osteen mention the doctrine of Christ as preached by Paul. This critic seems focused on error more than truth and understanding. I prefer to go straight to the source, Jesus himself, who could have originated a humanistic approach. Feeding the crowd with actual food was tending to their human needs first. His light was clear. Paul, bless his heart, interpreted and applied from his less lightened understanding. Anyway, to each his own, if the critic is sustained by what and how he sees things, good for him. As you replied to him, it is freedom which is given by salvation. The gospel appears meant to break from shackles of rigidity and crushing law. Perhaps the freedom to 'stray' into all that is part of the miracle of life we have helps us discover the true spirit which is holy which actually dwells within the temples which we are. Here's a little poem I wrote nearly 40 years ago:

    Life

    I accept

    On its ownterms

    Who are these

    Rejecting it

    And calling

    Their rejection

    "life"?

    ______© Nellieanna H. Hay

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Nellieanna

    Thank you so much. Your comments would have been so appropriate for my Joel Osteen hub. No sooner had I published a tribute to the young preacher than I received the comments of a critic telling me I'm being duped and why I shouldn't believe the way I do. Oh, my...I'm 60 years old, and the last thing I need is some other human being telling me that I should believe his way. : ) I have the confidence of ranting with you because you have the wisdom and experience to smile at it all, and I'm thus underscoring your 4 little words of faith affirmation--"There is no problem." Ah, yes, Nellieanna, I so needed to hear that. Thank you for your wonderful visit to my hub today. Blessings and aloha from SE Washington state. Joe

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    Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

    Ah, Joe! I've little doubt that you've accomplished your 10 hubs in 10 days challenge by now or are well on your way to doing it!

    Oh, Yes, I do espouse the idea of positive affirmations, positive attitude and the power of attraction.

    So I tend to affirm the affirmative and negate the negative which too many religionists seem to tend to espouse.

    It's a choice and each of us is faced with choices every moment of every day, from the seemingly insignificant to those of greater significance. Our choice of perspective seems to sort our vantage points into positive and/or negative.

    One thing that occurs to me is that what IS -- IS and won't be denied; and that what is NOT just fizzles in its own negativity.

    My personal affirmation of faith rests in 4 little words that came to me years ago: "There is no problem."

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Nellieanna

    Thank you so much, dear lady, for gracing my hub with your lovely presence. I believe in affirmations and the Law of Attraction. Fundamentalist religionists might argue that these concepts have no place in a Christian walk, but when God spoke, He saw things into existence that weren't there in the first place. I believe that faith is all about following in that very example. Right now, it's 7:03 AM PST, and I have less than 17 hours to compose 6 hubs to meet a Ten Hubs in Ten Days Challenge. Plus, I have a host of other work, family, and exercise-related activities to tend to. I'm declaring right now that I see me at the finish line with seconds to spare in my Challenge. I share this with you because I sense you understand as an earthly sage the value and joy in believing/envisioning/speaking things into existence. Aloha and blessings from one who truly sees the potential value, not the shackles of the past or the present, in every human being. Thanks for stopping by, Nellieanna, and I hope to visit more with you here in Hubsville.

    Joe

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    Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

    Excellent resolutions! Their coverage of the areas of your life reminds me of a book titled "Future Diary" by Mark Hanson, which literally invites the reader to inscribe goals in all areas as though they are present-time happenings within its pages of help & advice! In that, it's similar to 'Affirmations'.

    I am instantly drawn by your energy and vitality! I'll be back to read more. I saw your comment on Jackwms recent hub and was curious who you are. Glad I came over and found out!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Debby Bruck

    You honor me with your visit, Debby! Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing in this experience. Yes, from time to time, I'll post updates in the form of seasoning for my future hubs. Inspired by wonderful writers such as yourself, I definitely want to be a difference for the better here on HubPages. Looking forward to your next hub and, as time permits, catching up with the older ones. Aloha!

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    Debby Bruck 4 years ago

    Dear Hawaiian O ~ Truly inspirational as I read each and every one of your resolutions, nodding in agreement. As everyone who has commented remarked, your goals fill the page. Let us know how well you can fulfill them each day, week, month until the end of the year. Blessings, Debby

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @James A. Watkins

    Thank you, James. I'm humbly honored by your comments. As I begin month two, I'm sticking to all of my resolutions but have made key mistakes along the way. While the extra exercise has been great in rejuvenation my energy, I tend to crash both physically and emotionally at night....nothing big, but when my sweetheart of a wife asks me to help her with her eBay projects, I inadvertently get irritable. So I definitely need to work on that because if there isn't that balance, then none of this effort makes sense. I'm being circumspect about myself while diligently sticking to the task. Thank you for your encouragement, James! May God's favor shine abundantly upon you and yours!

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    James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

    Wow. You covered just about everything there. Well done. I wish you the best year ever this year, and that you reach 70% of the goals you set down on this page, or more.

    You were a handsome young man.

    God Bless You!

    James :D

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    Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

    It's 11:19 p.m. here and it's much too late for me to be laughing this loudly, but I am. Love your writing style once again. Thanks for the explanation on the walking. You put me to shame. Can't wait to read all those hubs running around in your head. I'm with you...I still need coffee too. One of my life's greatest pleasures. keep up the good work on the road and with hub inspiration. Can't wait to read all the new material!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Karen Hellier

    My dear friend, Karen, thank you so much for the questions you've asked about the walking (the answers to which I'll get to in just a few seconds) AND the great idea about a visualization board for the cruise adventure. I need to take you up on that! Thanks for the mention.

    Okay, on December 31st, I plotted a route with my car for the first day of my walk. On January 1st, I learned that if I walk briskly yet within my comfort zone, I have a pace of 17 minutes per mile, not bad for a big-boned (read: overweight) middle-aged Hawaiian. So, an exact hour of walking gives me a good 3-1/2 miles. My goal is to average an hour a day over the year, with a break every now and then, in order to make my 1000-mile goal.Today, January 2nd, I struggled from the beginning to the end. It didn't help that I have tried jogging up a hill these last two days. I came home and did some light weight work to shock my body out of its misery. It sorta worked. I'll see how I feel in bed tonight. From my home, there are a dozen or more different loop routes I can take, not to mention the reverse direction of those loops. Every now and then, I'll attempt a two-hour walk so that I can have a full day's break. Will have to see how my body holds up. I'm dealing with the chilly air, too, so that taxes my body even more, but the good thing is that it burns more calories.

    What I'm noticing as a side benefit is that the walking is jarring loose the hubs held captive in my somewhat feeble brain. They're like screaming to make the great escape. I notice that in my response to other hubbers' comments today that I'm all over the map with my responses...my fingers can't keep up with the Robin Williams pace of my rambling thoughts. Making me weirder than I usually am. Ha-ha! Who needs coffee when a walk does as much? (Actually, I still do!) And when I walk, I think about the various hubbers I've met...and who the next one will be that I pick on for a special award. And then I start giggling...and then I have to double over because of the precious oxygen I just lost. I must be the funniest sight in town. Ah, but I don't care. I'm committed...or should be! Aloha, Karen!

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    Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

    I was just rereading this hub about your goals because as of late I have been getting a lot of notifications that there are new comments on this hub. I am so envious of your 1,000 mile walking goal this year. I am struggling to do 1 mile a day, thanks to Billybuc's recent hub challenge about walking 1 mile a day for a total of 365 per year. So, my friend, please tell me how many miles you are walking each day, and do you have a specific route or routes? Or do you walk for a certain amt. of time, knowing how many miles you accomplish at your regular pace? It's January 2nd...how many miles have you walked so far? Also, I would LOVE to help you earn enough money to take your wife on that cruise. But in terms of visualization, I would like to suggest that you stop by a travel agency and get some brochures on cruises, figure out a destination, and then make a visualization board with pictures from the pamphlets...I think it may get you 2 on that cruise faster!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thank you, carozy, for stopping by. I can share with you now that, two days into the new year, I am faithfully sticking to my goals. Let's see where I'm at with my commitment in six months. : ) I can tell you honestly that this morning's one hour walk found me struggling from beginning to end. It didn't help that I caved in to my old glory days and tried jogging up this hill. I was doubled over the entire way, feeling and looking more like a ninety-year old man rather than 2/3 that age! I gotta learn to pace myself. But...at least I got 'er done! Have a great day...and a fabulous 2013!

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    carozy 4 years ago from San Francisco

    These are beautiful resolutions that will lead to a rich, full life if followed. You've given me some good ideas for my own resolutions, which, two days into the new year, I am still working on!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thank you, marcoujor! So far, so good...I woke up early this morning and got a lot accomplished. It's amazing...how knowing that I wanted to get off to a great start with my goals this year gave me the impetus to actually write a hub before going on my hour walk this morning. With this as the initial update, I'll be providing our Hub community with updates on or about the first of each month for the entire year. I truly want to give it an all-out effort. Thank you so very much for your wonderful encouragement, support, and uplifting remarks. Your sharing adds greatly to my motivation. Aloha!

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    Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

    Hi HO,

    This is a beautiful achievable, balanced list of goals to make 2013 one of your best years ever. I fully appreciate the thought and meaning that you have placed in the development of your objectives and love that they are grounded in spirituality and family.

    I wish you peace and happiness in 2013 and look forward to getting to know you better as well. Hugs, Maria

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @ Millionaire Tips

    Hey, guess what! I was just at the site of your most recent hub leaving a comment. So nice that we both did some hub activity this festive and memorable day! Thanks for your kind words, and--yes!--I am geared up for a running...well, okay, fast walking...start into 2013! LOL! Best wishes to you for a great new year! Let's continue to make a difference for the better here on HP and beyond!

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    Shasta Matova 4 years ago from USA

    You've come up with a great list of resolutions for the new year, Hawaiian Odysseus. I wish you the best with all of them. Have a great holiday season, and a successful 2013! The picture is very motivating and the hub is inspirational. Voted up.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Michael!

    As cliche as it sounds, I have made many a mistake on my personal odyssey, but the cool thing I've learned is how to re-frame the way I view those mistakes. Today--as I'm guessing you've learned, too--is that mistakes are simply stepping stones towards eventual success. In the late autumn/early winter of my life, I'm less inclined to waste a lot of energy worrying about those mistakes and thus have more in my gas tank to commit to what I'm passionate about--God, family, eBay, and writing. I hope to run into you every now and then and enjoy a great cyber conversation. Aloha, and may you and yours have a blessed holiday season, Michael!

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    cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

    hello, my friend.

    I feel as if I am looking at myself when I read your hub. i am also pretty close to your age (and feeling it ) and when I looked at some of your thoughts and resolutions it made me think about my health. I see that you share the same passion about writing as I, and i want to thank you for the kind comments you left on my hub.

    If we could only see the road ahead ...we would know and see the paths that we should take , but we are only human and bound to make mistakes, even at our age! (ha,ha,) Great hub ..

    Michael

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @prospectboy

    I am humbly touched and grateful for your kind and encouraging words, my friend. Being from Texas, perhaps you're acquainted with Pastor Joel Osteen. A few years back, when I was in the midst of a most unfortunate situation, I would listen to his uplifting sermons. Because of the spiritual sustenance that I received in those sermons, I resolved--by God's grace--to think more favorably about the person God had intended me to be. What followed was an incredible turnaround in my Hawaiian odyssey, part of which culminated in my being here on HubPages. I share this with you because I sense in you a tender soul who may also have been challenged by life's twists and turns. You have an incredible talent, my friend, and I enjoy reading your work. So, when you drop by and read a hub of mine, I am deeply honored. Thank you very, very much! One last thing...I'll be rootin' for the Seahawks next Sunday night. Should be an amazing game! Until next time, take care, and have a blessed holiday season!

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    Bradrick H. 4 years ago from Texas

    Hey there my friend. Amazing, amazing hub sir. I personally don't set resolutions for a new year. I stopped doing it a couple of years back, and decided to try to set goals daily. However, reading through your list reminded me of some changes that I want to make in my life. You have written a great list of resolutions, especially the writing 150 hubs next year. I really wish that you're able to achieve that feat, and I look forward to reading most of them. Again, amazing hub. Voted you up, sharing, and sharing on my Twitter page. People need to read this for sure. Continued wishes and success to you sir :)

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Mike Robbers

    Thank you, kind sir! I'm going to give it my best shot. Perhaps the most positive and motivating message I can self-infuse is: Wake up and be thankful! Appreciate your support and encouragement! Happy Holidays to you and yours!

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    Mike Robbers 4 years ago from London

    Hey really nice to see your picture hawaiianodysseus :) great shot also!

    It seems that you are willing and believing enough to accomplish most of your resolutions, Hope the best for you!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Rusticliving

    I am still up myself and need to get to bed. So nice of you to stop by again. How are you doing? Will you be traveling for the holidays or having family come over? I have been so swamped with my ebay work, and I really miss my writing and connecting with people on HubPages. A side benefit I hope to develop by way of sticking to my resolutions is time management.

    God bless you, and have a good night's rest. Aloha!

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    Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

    Aloha Keala, Just thought I'd stop by before heading off to bed and read your hub once again. I really enjoyed it the first time and even more the second time around. Bookmarked it for a third later on. Have a great evening!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Relationshipc

    So good to hear from a northern neighbor in beautiful Quebec! Thank you very much for stopping by. I've just read the wonderful story about how you met Saverio, your husband, and how--even though the two of you didn't click initially--the relationship evolved. It reminds me of a resolution I forgot to include in the above list--something to the effect of:

    I resolve to stay open to life's possibilities.

    : )

    Aloha!

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    Kari 4 years ago from Alberta, Canada

    I love the last paragraph, very inspirational. Gotta keep moving to keep moving forward and have the fullest life possible. Love that.

    You have kick started my goals for the new year. I LOVE the new year and the goals created, always have. There is just something about that first day that makes everything seem possible.

    Great list, and I hope you have a great new year!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @ChristyWrites

    Hey, thanks so much for stopping by, Christy! Always an honor to bump into you now and then. I know how busy and disciplined a writer you are, so it means a lot to me when you read one of my hubs. ebay has been keeping me extra busy the last few days, but I'm hoping to get another hub finished in a day or two.

    The resolutions I've written are certainly within my grasp and doable, and one of the side benefits I hope to accomplish is a better sense of time management. Thank you for the hugs (back to you), encouragement, and support. The mountains nearby have been snow-laden, but so far, no snow in the Walla Walla Valley. How about up north your way? Have a great holiday season and winter!

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    Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    Hugs! I had shivers (a good thing) as I read your spiritual resolutions. I think it is wonderful you will be thankful for life and start your day with a prayer. I wish you well for 2013! Sharing this one.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    That's a very good point, KoffeeKlatchGals--to write a followup Hub. I think I shall do just that. The learning curve of life is gracious to accept our fallibility as well as our success, so it behooves me to report honestly about my progress. Several of these "items" are already in practice, but the reminder to maintain them via a set of resolutions is certainly helpful and wise. I love your HP name, by the way!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Good morning from SE Washington state, Debbie! So glad that you dropped by to share in this hub experience. Isn't HubPages the greatest? I'm honored to be your resident neighbor and peer in this wonderful and talented literary community. I hope we run into each other here in Hubsville often. Aloha, and Happy Holidays to your and yours!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    You're welcome, SkeetyD, and thank YOU for your warm, supportive, and uplifting comments. You have a beautiful country, and its picturesque appeal brings to mind and heart nostalgic memories of my home island of Kaua'i. Aloha, and Happy Holidays to you and yours!

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    Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Wonderful list of resolutions. I especially like the way you sepeerated them in groups. You have certainly set yourself up for a busy year. Good luck with them all. I would love to see a hub later about your progress.

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    Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

    I love how you think.. these a great resolutions.. I am impressed.. it has impressed on my heart to be more in prayer there are so many people to pray for.. so many hurting and sick etc. and to be in the study of the Word more.

    I am sharing this on Facebook on Prayer request page...

    Love your resolutions

    Debbie

    Merry Christmas

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    SkeetyD 4 years ago from Barbados

    Thank you! I look forward to reading more of your hubs!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @rajan jolly

    Thank you, my friend. This island boy is sure going to give it his very best effort. We hubbers chronicle all aspects of life, and the celebration of a new year, accompanied by the soul's yearning for rejuvenation, provide us with fodder for our creative interpretations. I know that with each step we take into the future, we'll be cheering each other on. Aloha, Rajan!

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    Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

    These are awesome resolutions and and extremely well detailed list. Since you have these goals clearly defined following them to completion shouldn't be much difficult. Good luck.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @tillsontitan

    Good morning, Mary, and yes! The hub vampire does sleep! LOL!

    Actually, in a significant way, you and all our other baby boomer peers whom I've been blessed to meet via HubPages have inspired me to cast down the old adage, "You can't teach an old dog new tricks." What a falsehood! Since joining HP, I have dared risking more of my soul and, in the process, banished a lot of self-crippling inhibitions. My writing, hidden under a bushel since the age of the young man in the photo above, has been resurrected.

    And, contrary to the lyrics of today, I love that our generation of writers are respectably capable of eloquent and effective writing without the use of profanity.

    You're a great example of all that I'm commenting about here.

    Thus, my success in meeting these goals--even with my human fallibility factored in--is secured with God's gift to me of a very determined disposition and the loving support of so many beautiful and talented writers.

    Thank you, Mary! Have a great and adventuresome Wednesday! You just never know when you run into the next hub idea! : )

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, SkeetyD!

    What a cool name! Thank you so much for participating in my hub. Your uplifting comments mean a lot to me, as have those of the other wonderful hubbers who've stopped by. These goals were intrinsically meaningful to me, but now I have the added responsibility and motivation that comes from having committed them to writing and sharing them with others. Thanks for stopping by! Welcome back anytime! You'll be hearing from me--that's a promise!

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    SkeetyD 4 years ago from Barbados

    I loved your list and how you broke it down into different sections. My favourite was physical resolutions. I wish you luck in achieving all your goals

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    Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

    WoW! So, right now you have nothing to do, finding time, a whole month ahead, to write out your detailed, super comprehensive New Year's Resolutions!!! I am not only impressed by your discipline but impressed by all the things that make you you, your wit, your caring, your beliefs, your love....I didn't notice sleep on the list....will there be time for that? (smile here)...You my friend, are amazing. I have a feeling you will accomplish most if not all of what is on that list!!!

    Voted up, useful, awesome, and very interesting. Shared too to give others a leg up ;)

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @sarahshuihan

    I'd be honored, Sarah. I'm proud of you for taking the plunge!

    : )

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    Sarah 4 years ago from USA

    Thank you for the kind words hawaiianodysseus. Being new here in hubpages, I'm a little overwhelmed and intimated at all there is to learn. I suppose the trick is just to post and read huh? I think I will write a hub on my resolutions, and may borrow your categories, if you don't mind.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @bdegiulio

    Good afternoon, Bill! When I worked as a bagel baker in the Seattle area a few years ago, I walked two to three miles a day to and from the public transit buses and light rails, so if I just approach this daily regimen in the same fashion, literally and figuratively one step at a time, I'll be alright.

    Yes, I do quite a bit of multi-tasking, but no different than when you're simultaneously indulging in the picturesque sites of a new city you're visiting and mentally taking note of "...Yeah, that'd make a great shot!" or "My opening paragraph of the hub will cover this very view!" By the way, if I've told you before, I'll tell you again, Bill--you're doing a masterful job with your world-touring hubs. Such a delight to be following you, my friend!

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    Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

    Wow, what a list. I love this. Dare I say that you likely accomplish more in a day than most of us in a ??? I really love the balance that this gives your life. And the 1000 miles, that's a lot of walking/running. Great job. Good luck with this, you have many cheerleaders out here rooting for you my friend. Voting up, etc...

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @sarahshuihan

    Hi, Sarah!

    Never fear...we'd love to read anything written from your heart, even a grocery list! : )

    I had inhibitions about writing and sharing this hub...but seconds later, I reminded myself that I needed to accept and fulfill the responsibility of my commitment to self and others when I joined HubPages. It's really a fun neighborhood of sorts with all kinds of characters in it, and our spontaneity and creativity as writers is directly proportional to our willingness to take risks, scary as that may be at times. I know this was probably way more than you wanted in a response to your kind words, but I try to not ever miss an opportunity to share a humble nugget of experience with a fellow writer. And you, fellow writer, are very talented! Aloha!

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    Sarah 4 years ago from USA

    Good luck on your resolutions! I like how you broke it down with different categories. I was thinking of doing new year's resolutions myself, but not sure if anybody would care to read it on hubpages, ahha.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @iguidenetwork

    Thank you for your support and encouragement. By the way, I just read your great hub about four sites one can apply to in order to forge a stream of income.

    ( If any of my followers/readers are seeing this, I encourage you all to indulge in iguidenetwork's excellent and informative hubs.)

    Aloha!

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    iguidenetwork 4 years ago from Austin, TX

    I hope that you will accomplish most of your resolutions, I know you have faith in that you can do it! My best wishes. :)

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    Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

    RedGage is a place where you can post photos you have taking with your camera and have people comment on them. Also you can leave links to your hubs so people can read them and comment as well. In turn you can earn money from page views. I have just started there and i see my HubPage traffic has increased . Check it out and see if it is right for you, i use the same name there and there are a lot of HP people there.

    Yes it is amazing that Zeppelin's lead singer can still reach those notes !

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @jantamaya

    Cute! : ) I love your sense of humor, Maria!

    It's my earnest prayer that I do a good job of walking the talk. What helps is that, as some have already alluded to, I have already implemented several of these in my lifestyle.

    Thanks for your kind words of support! See you at the next hub crossing!

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    Maria Janta-Cooper 4 years ago from UK

    When you're finished with your resolutions you're going to be the Saint of Keala! Congrats.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @kashmir56

    Thanks for sharing your feedback and strategy, Tom. I'm curious about RedGage...had never heard of it until now. As a former cop's son, I kinda grew up in a humble and sheltered bubble. It wasn't until I was a young adult, about the age I was in my photo above, when I first discovered Led Zeppelin. Used to be the lead singer in a band, and one of the songs in our set was Stairway to Heaven. Good times, good memories. It amazes me that LZ's lead singer can still reach those notes while pushing 70. Thanks for the visit, Tom!

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    Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

    Hi my friend back again, i see we may write our hubs the same way, when i wrote the Zeppelin hub it was written first in my head. Then when ready i put in my Microsoft Word . I guess great minds think alike. Has soon as the Zeppelin hub is out of it's pending state I'll put it up at RedGage. I found i have been able to get some great traffic to my hub there. Plus you can make money there to. If you need another Zeppelin adrenaline rush, stop by and rock on the Zeppelin hub.

    Be well and take care my friend !

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Karen Hellier

    Good idea. I hope to submit a question sometime today.

    I am following this up with an email message to you with my idea.

    Thank you, Karen.

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    Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

    I think we would have to create the start of a hub and email it back and forth to each other till we get what we want, then one of us would have to publish it but I don't think we could both get credit for it on Hub Pages. But maybe under the title we could put a statement that it's by two authors and state the names? I am not sure. Very good question. Maybe you can pose it as a question on the Hub Pages question page?

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Karen Hellier

    Thank you for that sweet message, Karen. You have me smiling and blushing right now.

    From the Pacific Northwest, I bid you a good night of delightful island reminiscing. I have a couple of projects to work on before hitting the sack myself.

    What if there were a way where two people could create a dual hub from distant locations? For example, you write a passage, and I write a passage...when the hub was done, how could we swing it so both of us could jointly be acknowledged as the authors of that hub?

    When I get tired, a lot of cool ideas play tag with my brain. The idea sounds far-fetched, but I always love the challenge of re-creating stuff, even when it's HubPages itself. : )

    Good night!

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    Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

    Just wanted to say that you continue to encourage and amaze me with your wit, intelligence, integrity and motivation to write from your heart and share that with the rest of the world. I thank you for that and am glad that you are planning on continuing to grace us with your writing presence here on Hub Pages. I always know when I see the message that you have written a new hub, that it is something that will enhance my life. Keep on writing! (please!) And maybe you can use some of that money to take your honey on that cruise someday!!!

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    chrisinhawaii 4 years ago

    =) Haven't seen um yet, but I hear it was good

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @chrisinhawaii

    Eh, howzit, Chris! Man, next time I go to O'ahu, I gotta connect with you in your favorite coffee shop and treat you to a frappucino or latte and a good two hours or more of solid writing, entrepreneurial, and aloha spirit conversation. That'd be fun!

    I forgot to add the following resolution:

    I resolve to eat more malasadas, sushi, bento plate lunches, and sashimi doused in wasabi and soy sauce in 2013!

    Ha-ha! Main ting, get good fun! (As my island ohana would say...)

    So, you must be really busy with writing projects on other sites, yeah? That's one thing I would really love to pick your brain apart in order to glean vital information about putting this rejuvenated talent at age 60 to good use.

    By the way, now that I see you're sporting a beard sans mustache, did you go see LINCOLN yet? Dude, Daniel Day Lewis is going to win his third Oscar for best actor! I predict that movie will also win Best Director, Best Movie, and maybe even Best Supporting Actor (Tommy Lee Jones) and Best Supporting Actress (Sally Field).

    Anyway, before I ramble all over this comments section, I'll bid you aloha until the next time I run into you...which won't be long, I'm sure! Imua, O'ahu!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @kashmir56

    Thanks, Tom! I'm still reeling over your Led Zeppelin hub. I'm hoping for it to go evergreen on you because it's so awesome, and you worked so hard on it...all the while lovin' it, of course! : )

    I'm glad we met here on HP and that you were one of the talented writers I featured in that OHANA hub. It's time for me to put the second installment of that series out, and I'm busy working on it...in my head, that is. The way I roll was copied from the oyster...I let an idea get under my skin and irritate the heck out of me until, finally, I have to let the writing juices flow. As long as I produce more pearls than swine, I guess I'm doing alright. Aloha, brother!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @wetnosedogs

    Thank you for your vote of confidence. I've got some really good people, like you, pulling for me. And that's just the way I'd be in return for anyone here on HP who needs support and encouragement. Having an arena to write in is wonderful enough, but to meet others who are running the same marathon race, so to speak, everyone pulling for each other, now that's an added bonus. Thanks always for your positive and uplifting words...and for sharing your beautiful pets!

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    wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

    Great going on this fantastic list. I am definitely rooting for you as I feel from reading your hubs that once you set out to do something, you are going to get it done!

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    chrisinhawaii 4 years ago

    Woah! What a fantastic list! Even if half of them fell by the wayside along the way, just accomplishing half of these or even one-third would be such a blessing to you and your family and community.

    Good luck!

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    Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

    Hi my friend great hub, and these are all awesome resolutions to to within your life daily. Good luck my friend and has always wishing you all the best !

    Vote up and more !

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thank you, CrisSp, for your kind words. As you can imagine, several of these resolutions are already in place; however, as in the challenging regimen of whipping oneself into shape, one needs to constantly exercise certain muscles in order not to lose the gains. That's why I remind myself, year after year, to maintain certain principles.

    I think the adventure of life hinges on our willingness to try new things. These involve risk. You're right on target when you said it took courage to post the picture--all kinds of doubts and critical thoughts came to mind. But if I've tried to do anything here on HubPages, it was to respect the spontaneity of others and myself. Otherwise, we truly wouldn't be honoring our inalienable right of freedom of speech (which, of course, includes the things we write and publish).

    I've come to love the unique voices of the writers who grace the HubPages community with their articles and poems. It's a privilege to make the acquaintance of these wonderful and talented people. Every one who's contributed to this comments section has blessed me in one way or another...some, on multiple occasions. Your writing, both in the formal structure of the hubs AND in your comments, have meant a great deal to me. Thank you so very much, CrisSp, for making a difference in my life. Aloha as you fly up, up, and away!

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    CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

    Yay to you my hawaiianodysseus! I love your courage to put that picture of yours many years ago for the world to see and get inspired now. Wow, you're a hunk!

    Kidding aside, I love the energy of this hub! Very commendable. I probably will be stealing some of your goals (please allow) for 2013 and will ask my hubby to read particularly your social resolutions. (: You know, I was up in the air and was very eager to get back to the ground and go hubbing...this is why.

    I enjoyed this hub a lot and so without further ado, you have my vote up and across and will absolutely share the goodness.

    Cheering for you! ♥

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hello, xstatic!

    I was just packaging up some of my ebay items when I decided to check my email and found your gracious comments. Thanks so much for stopping by. Hope all is well with you and yours and that you're settling in for a nice and cozy holiday season. We haven't had our snowfall yet; rather, it's been sunny and warm at times, overcast and rainy, and at night, especially, there've been strong gusts of wind. Still plugging away at the business as well as making time for a hub or two every now and then.

    You're absolutely right about walking being easier on my body. A wise woman I know in Seattle expounded upon the virtues of yoga, so I hear you loud and clear on that activity. I may even explore the Chinese version of that this coming year. Stretching is definitely something I really need to get into. Thanks for suggesting the yoga!

    Take care, sir, and have a great holiday season with family and friends! Looking forward to reading your next hub!

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    Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

    Great and early resolutions ! I wish you well in keeping them all. Walking fast will be a lot easier on 60 year old knees and ankles than running/jogging. I started doing yoga again this year and it is such good stretching for old (or young) tendons and joints. I don't recommend that high tempearture yoga though.

    Great pic by the way!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @rmcleve

    Hi, and congratulations on your diligently-pursued and deservingly-awarded HubPages apprenticeship. Very proud of you, my cyber friend and fellow writer. So good to hear from you again! Thank you very much for dropping by and sharing in this experience. Aloha and mahalo!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Wow, Lisa, I am honored that you were up so late reading my hub and writing these beautiful comments.

    Some behind the scenes information...as I sat there in the Walla Walla Plaza Starbucks yesterday plugging away at this hub, there was this loud and obnoxious young woman gabbing away with her boyfriend. About every 20 seconds or so, they'd be kissing just to my right.

    It took a lot of energy for me to pretend I'm not peripherally seeing all of this while trying to maintain my bearings on the laptop screen and keys.

    So how did I cope with this scenario?

    Ever watch NCIS and see the character played by Mark Harmon slap his male colleague on the back of the head? I gave myself a similar, albeit figurative, slap and then gently reminded myself that it wasn't long ago when I had had that same zest and passion for life. I mentally re-framed the situation and used the surfer's wave of energy to finish the hub.

    Moral of the story: My body might be aging, but my mind is young, strong, and beautiful...and it serves me best when it gently reminds me that we mortals are more like each other than we are different. The next time I'm tempted to be a sourpuss senior citizen, I'll catch myself sooner and remember the unbridled passion of my youth.

    Thanks so much for your support and encouragement AND for sharing my writing with others. Aloha!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hey, Karen, and as I walk, one of the secret goals I will be visualizing (because visualization is so very powerful) is how to plan for, budget, and actually bring into fruition a surprise cruise trip for my honey someday. I was so delighted with your cruise experience and the wonderful hub you wrote about it. You have a way of balancing the art of having fun with the discipline of a well-established work ethic, and your hubby's gotta be pretty amazing to help and support you with that daily regimen.

    Last night, I helped my wife list her very first item on ebay. Because we're both firstborn children, there's always this grating chemistry between us when we engage in new things. But I thought of you and your husband, and though it got a little harried at times, I reminded myself to be patient and to go the extra mile. And that, after all, my friend, is part and parcel of what makes a good marriage. Just wanted to thank you, Karen, for the wonderful influence you and your writing have had on my life. Best wishes to both of us as we walk, wholeheartedly and enthusiastically, into and through 2013. Aloha!

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    Rachael Cleveland 4 years ago from Woodbridge, VA

    Wonderful goals! I wish you the best of luck, and will be here to cheer you on through our fantastic virtual connectivity system!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    carol7777, as always, your wisdom and understanding about our human shortcomings are graciously received and appreciated.

    As I wrote these resolutions out, I intuitively nagged at myself, "Yeah, but are you setting the bar too high for yourself?" After all, my mind is undoubtedly stronger at this point in my life than my broken-down body. : )

    Like any habit, the professionals advise us that it takes approximately three weeks for a behavioral pattern to form a new synapse, or groove, in our brain. I purposefully set these resolutions four weeks in advance so I could get the groundwork established. Many of these are already in place, but being a fallible human being, I just need to keep reminding myself of what's really important in life and keep plugging away.

    Thank you so much, Carol, for stopping by to read and comment on this hub. It was your example--something you left in a comment, and perhaps it was even in regards to someone else's hub that I had been reading--about how you set aside a period of time each day to read other writers' hubs that propelled me to be more disciplined in my approach, not just to HP, but to life in general.

    We toss pebbles of love into the pond of life, and at some point in time, the waves that are formed gently wash upon someone else's beach. That's what we here on HubPages are doing for each other. Aloha and mahalo!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thank you, Tom.

    The other day, I was musing about my youth in the little town of Kapa'a, Kaua'i. I remember getting my hair cut by this handsome elderly Filipino man, Segundo, and how some of the townspeople sat around and chewed the fat with each other. In essence, we had no need for radios or televisions because all of the current events, albeit editorialized versions, were discussed right there in that shop.

    I think of you and your role as psychologist, confidante, someone to share a bit of joy or a downer with, because you're all that and more for each person you taxi from one destination to another. You bring to your work experiences from your other walks of life--and you've had several, my friend--and, above all, the ability to be a good and empathetic listener.

    With no disrespect to the men and women who have diligently applied themselves in the pursuit of higher education and are now distinguished professionals, I myself find that the true core of what makes America tick are the people who faithfully serve right in front of our noses.

    Where am I going with all of this? Simply saying, Tom...thank you for stopping by to read my hub, for caring, and for reading between the lines and understanding in your own special way the pain that motivates a fellow human being.

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    Tom Koecke 4 years ago from Tacoma, Washington

    That's quite a load of resolutions, my new friend! Some of them, like being a man of integrity, will be simply carrying forward that which you are already doing.

    I wish you well in accomplishing your goals in 2013, and always!

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    carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

    Lots of good resolutions. Just keep the list posted close by...and remember if you fall short occasionally do remember to forgive yourself.

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    Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

    Wow, I have never seen such a detailed list of resolutions. That is quite a lot to accomplish in one year. I think it's wonderful that you are starting this far in advance. I love the idea of walking 1,000 miles over the next year. Those are amazing goals and I hope you accomplish every one of them. Congratulations on being so far ahead of the game this year, and knowing what your goals are so clearly.

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    Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

    Holy Canoli Batman! I love your list of resolutions. I am standing at the sidelines with my pom poms cheering you on with every bit of encouragement you need or ask for! Thanks for putting it out there Keala! *thinking I need to get out my pad and paper real soon as well*

    Thumbs up and shared my new found friend! ♥

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