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Do You Do New Year's Resolutions?

Updated on December 14, 2012

OK, gang - It's time to set our resolutions

With that lovely plaintive, traditional Scottish ballad by Robert Burns in the background ~~ 

Well, I’m ready to confess my resolutions! Are you? You are welcome to post yours here but it’s not mandatory. I’ll believe you if you say you do or do not do them!

How do resolutions work? Or do they?

Or do you think about it much?

(except when some smartaleck starts asking stuff)

I've known me so long, I'm pretty acquainted with my strengths and weaknesses.

Speaking of those, I know that if I let things slide, they tend to just keep sliding - and I am fully capable of doing that. hehe. But I also know I have great respect for being effective and for creating beauty and fun, so when I can encourage my better intentions, I can keep the end result in mind and enjoy moving toward it.

Another thing I'm aware of as I approach this resolution thing is something I realize is both a strength and a weakness is that I will almost always interrupt whatever I'm doing, even if I know I should be and MUST be done, for people and people needs. Sometimes I must just discipline myself to keep my nose to the grindstone. Is that familiar to anyone else?

Also I have no sense of time when I'm onto a "project". I can forget to eat or sleep, in fact. Of course I must work to stay balanced.

I’m a health nut so I have fairly few health-related resolutions to make in that area. I don't smoke, I drink only moderately if at all, I eat healthily, stay active both mentally and physically.

I like to include some resolutions in each major category of living needing improvement - and who doesn't? Some of mine need it more than others.

I'm sort of addictive/compulsive so I tend to do things more faithfully if I get a habit established, though I'm a bit of a rebel when it comes to "have to do" things. So I must set it up psychologically to maximize the one and minimize the other.

So here goes. Wish me luck!

  1. Creative & Intellectual: I will paint, play piano, write and read more. I already have been playing the piano some every day. I write & read a lot online and some offline, but it’s been awhile since I sat down and read a book. I am not a terribly fast reader, so will read at least one per month in 2011. My easel and painting materials are always set up but I haven’t been sitting down to them. I will do so in 2011.
  2. Spiritual: I am comfortable with my spiritual life and I do not consider it an effort, but I want to be sure to stay aware and responsive in this area.
  3. Household: I will do a real “FlyLady” house organizing. If you aren’t familiar with her method, she has a website and it does encourage organization! When I did it before, it did much good. Re: the links I added to the right!
  4. Outside: I’ll get back to garage cleaning and organizing with a dream of being able to actually park my car in there!! It will require getting a new garage door/opener, I’m sure, as well as some serious Craig’s List sales. Will also work on some much needed landscaping.
  5. Social: I’ll get out and about more, perhaps. I might even travel a bit, and not just for business and the traditional family visits, but for opening up new horizons!
  6. Health: I'll do more organized exercise and get more live plants in the house - for better air to breathe. I'll get out those Turbo Jam exercise tapes I bought and try them out.
  7. Business: I will spend time every day "on my desk", making sure all the bills are paid so I'm not in a flurry at the last moment. I will avoid procrastinating, especially tax preparations. I will get the upstairs office in better order! And I must get down to the ranch and Del Rio where there is big work awaiting me both places. Since that trip and these are items for which I need some assistance, it depends on others, which is difficult for me to accept. But I am raring to go and they are willing! Timing and schedules are the main factors.

Great Luck To Everyone!

If my fondest wishes are granted, everyone will reach his or her most cherished goals this 2011! And why not?

We've worked hard all year 2010, we've helped out others and supported each other in our writing. Some of us have endured hardships and disappointments. But we've prevailed!



May beauty, joy, enthusiasm, and love follow you around like puppies!

Starting at midnight!


EVERYONE deserves a good new year!

Help someone else realize his or hers to be really happy yourself!


Kenny G - Auld Lang Syne - Instrumentlal

Or original Scots Burns lyrics~

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind ?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and auld lang syne* ?

CHORUS:For auld lang syne, my jo,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

And surely ye’ll be your pint-stowp !
and surely I’ll be mine !
And we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.


We twa hae run about the braes,
and pu’d the gowans fine ;
But we’ve wander’d mony a weary fit,
sin auld lang syne.


We twa hae paidl’d i' the burn,
frae morning sun till dine ;
But seas between us braid hae roar’d
sin auld lang syne.


And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere !
and gie's a hand o’ thine !
And we’ll tak a right gude-willy waught,
for auld lang syne.


Let's sing it together!

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind ?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and old lang syne ?


For auld lang syne, my dear,

for auld lang syne,

we'll take a cup of kindness yet,

for auld lang syne.

And surely you’ll buy your pint cup !
and surely I’ll buy mine !
And we'll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.


We two have run about the slopes,
and picked the daisies fine ;
But we’ve wandered many a weary foot,
since auld lang syne.


We two have paddled in the stream,
from morning sun till dine† ;
But seas between us broad have roared
since auld lang syne.


And there’s a hand my trusty friend !
And give us a hand o’ thine !
And we’ll take a right good-will draught,
for auld lang syne.



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    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      haha - Eiddwen - I must read your hub on the subject of stress-free resolutions. It sounds like my life's mantra for things beyond resolutions. Just moments ago I was musing on how behind schedule I am with mine. I've not always - in fact - not too usually - made firm resolutions over the new years of my lifetime - wow - so many years of it! I have always felt that I know what I need to be doing and whether or not I'm committed to doing it at any certain time. But perhaps the approach of my 79th birthday in less than 2 weeks put some urgency into the matter. It's becoming more and more an "If not now, when?" proposition! hehe But always- taken with a sense of ease about it.

      The truth is that I live my life stress-free in general, so having some specifics to aim for merely gives a good nudge as needed. I don't regard them as my master and if other projects or interests in my present ARE more priorities, even though not on my list of resolutions, the actual priorities get the effort. I am lucky to be good at multi-tasking and interweaving lots of things under the same canopy - as well as lucky that I have the ability to do many more things than so many of my contemporaries - so I can console myself that I'm ahead of the game and way ahead of the insurance stats. LOL.

      Thanks for the delightful comments, dear friend. It's never too late to wish someone a Happy. I'll apply it to my birthday well wishes, how's that?

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      7 years ago from Wales

      A great hub and I am the world's worst for breaking resolutions and this is what prompted me to write my hub 'Stress Free Resolutions.'

      I wish you all the best luck and health for this new year,I am also looking forward to reading more of your inspiring hubs.

      It's a little late but a very big 'Happy New Year' to you Nellieanna !!!!

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      I'm pleased to see you, Ken. I've been figuring you have lots to do at the end of a year and were busy doing it.

      My own efforts so far are rather cursory nods to my resolutions, but that's sort of one way I do things. Sometimes I plunge into "a"project and don't stop till it's done, but when it comes to guidelines for over a period of time, year or any fairly defined period, I sort of "ease" into them. A little of one and a little of another, and that seems to let them find their own pattern which actually works. Really arbitrary schedules, for me, tend to get very tiresome and if I start out "big", they dwindle and may leave no residue. The way I do it may not keep everything going, but the things I find that MATTER to me find a groove and stick. So I don't feel defeated just because I haven't accomplished everything at once. hehe. I really do have a lot on my plate!

      Thank you so much for the lovely comments and I'm really looking forward to reading more of YOUR hubs, too. Hugs!!

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      7 years ago

      I am pulling up the rear a little late, just goes to show you that I don't do the New Year's resolutions thingy very well, he he. However I must confess, I loved this hub and I sang along with you to the Aulde Lang Syne tune, loved them both.

      I try every year to be a better person than the year previous and make improvements for myself and others, so I lift my champagne glass to toast in the New Year to you my friend and look forward to reading and commenting on many more of your wonderful poetic and prose hubs. HAPPY NEW YEAR 2011. Cheers

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      Haha Sue. Well, heck, - Bobby Burns was a Scot! He spelled funny! tee hee

      I know. Those resolutions have minds of their own and their first idea is to hide. I've toyed with the idea of calling them goals rather than resolutions. Suppose that would help? Being resolute sounds pretty heavy. Somehow being 'goal-oriented' has a more politically acceptable ring to it and is a lot cooler.

      So far I'm poking at my resolutions. That "at least once every day" clause helps me. And yesterday I "got onto my desk" and actually paid bills BEFORE the 11th hour, I went out and bought the TWO Turbo-Tax software programs I need to do both estate and my own taxes (seems I just got done with last year's which I delayed till the last possible extension and overshot it for the estate taxes and had to pay interest and penalties - their deadline is a month sooner! ugh. WHY or why do I do that to myself????)

      I daubed some paint onto a watercolor paper on my easel, I threw away a few pieces of passe junk mail, I didn't eat much candy, and I read a chapter of my book. hehe -- -

      Tae Kwon Do should be great. One of my granddaughters does it and one does kick-boxing. Strength & balance are good skills to develop, and very much so for a woman. The title "Strong Women Stay Young" is not just idle words! I practice balance while doing everyday things by balancing on each foot sequentially. I can tell it is effective by the way I catch my balance when I might otherwise have toppled over! I also take the attitude that nothing is impossible if one is willing to endure the pain. LOL. But seriously, I believe many people stop many activities if it hurts a little and soon lose the ability to do it, whereas pushing oneself a bit would enable continuing and overcoming the discomfort. Just my own theory but I practice it. Of course, one can't tell anyone else to endure pain and many folks just can't.

      Thank you so much for the sweet and amusing comments!

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      Susan Mills 

      7 years ago from Indiana

      I thought I knew the Old Lang Sign song... yeah, I didn't even know the title apparently. It was great to read how it really goes!

      I did make some new year's resolutions. I started Tae Kwon Do and I'm resolving to not overdo it and hurt myself, but to learn and grow in strength and balance.

      I also am resolving to do better at being organized. I'm completely unfocused. For example, I'm not supposed to be reading and writing on hubpages right now, it's not my alloted time. I have, however, forgotten what I AM supposed to be doing, so here I am.

      I think maybe I should resolve to write a list so I can remember stuff. Then I should resolve to read my list.

      I'm thinking Tae Kwon Do may be my only "resolve" to get accomplished. What was that other stuff??? dangit, where's my list?

      Happy New Year, my new friend, this was enjoyable, as are you! That, at least, I remember. :)

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you, BarryRutherford! I just checked out your hubsite and read some. I'll be reading more of your work.

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      Barry Rutherford 

      7 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Inspiring ill try & put some of you passion to sue !

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      Well, kidsinvite - thank you for stopping by. Now that I've made mine and 2011 is underway, I must say I'm teetering on what to do first. LOL. Now I must actually get a plan if I'm to do much of any of my resolutions. The first two days, I've toyed with several of them, and found myself immersed in a few. I realize how I sometimes do things, sort of backing into them. haha. But I feel honestly committed, so that's a good start. Good luck with any you decide upon!

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      7 years ago

      I don't know what are my resolutions yet. This is a great information!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      Yes, SilentReed - I can "key in" to that view. To be able to re-view a year in the rearview mirror and pronounce it "well done" is a good feeling, to be sure.

      I truly live without much regret, in fact. Everything that happens (or of which one is spared happening) is surely "as it should be" in order to progress and become all one IS and can be. Regret is such a waste of valuable "NOW". So - I am wishing you a happy forward-moving 2011!

      And as always, I so appreciate your wisdom and comments on my hubs! Many thanks!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      FloBe - I like the "steady diligence" idea. It always feels good to be "into" a task and feel it happening because of being fully involved in it. "Management styles" for CEOs and other very visible managers are sometimes described, but they are no more important than one's own "management style" for accomplishing one's own work.

      I think I have two extremes in mine, though. For routine tasks, I am usually the steady diligent type, and these tasks make up the foundation of being a fully functioning good citizen and member of one's world. But when it comes to creative pursuits, I find I do well at being more spontaneous, even a little chaotic at times. The more intellectual or analytic challenges are also more intensely approached but chaos is non-productive for those. Everything needs to be orderly and handy. I find that I'm always well-energized by an immediate deadline ,though - in either area.. hehe. Truthfully - some of my best work happens at the "eleventh" hour of a task's completion. So one must be friendly with and kindly toward one's own styles, as well as self-disciplined to just get down to business and "do it". In fact "Just Do It" is sometimes my mental prompter.

      I'm fascinated that we've both known FlyLady. I'm sure she has a vast following but it is rare to come across another person who has been or is one! And yes - the 15 minute rule is so valuable! I sort of adapted that to having myself do a task "at least some" every day. I didn't use a timer, but I did it in very cold winter- so that regulated my time at it! And I managed to make order out of an impossible garage disaster just doing some every day for a few months in early 2010. The only deterrent to doing more on it was getting a case of shingles. That put a crimp in my style and couldn't have been anticipated! I don't admit to many "age-related" limitations but something like that one leaves no room for doubt. So I am ever-ready to admit to it when thrust upon me. And it becomes part of my planning requirements.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      Feline Prophet! Good to see you, my friend! Thank you for the well-wishes!

      As expected, it IS "now" - and it is 2011 when I'm supposed to be turned over a new leaf! LOL. If only it hadn't started on a weekend! hahaha.

      Well, I am thinking. . . . so this was a time of reflection and I feel good about it. Not that thinking and reflecting are anything new but I know better than to rush in all full of passion and determination, only to become burned out the first time out. LOL. I don't have to do that. All I have to do is go to my easel or my "working desk" and begin. And then do it again and again. ;=)

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      Pamela - you sound like me! I meander far too much - but then I think, "yeah, but that was fun AND productive" and I realize it's part of who I am and what I do. So I hope you won't be too hard on yourself. All the side-trips in your process may be why your results are so rich and satisfying! Your results are testimony that you've done it well!

      Thank you for the good response! You always make me feel special!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      Oh, my -Laurie, you but mention many shortcomings we all are heir to, but I want to simply suggest that you focus on the many great strengths and beautiful qualities I see in you as well! You ARE "a better person" already! Thumbs up!

      By the way, I have been going around sort of rehearsing, "It is now 2011" so I won't have to VOID too many checks on which I wrote 2010. haha. It is so easy to forget to remember!

      Thank you for your visit and comments, as always. I appreciate you!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      Martie, dear heart - thank you. I look forward to reading your suggestions, although I truly must admit to knowing how to plan and organize. It's no lack of knowledge or understanding of the process hindering me. I've deliberately allowed myself a respite from it in a way. But quite honestly, the fact that "if it is to be, it is up to me" is a FACT so predominant in my life that I may have needed guidance in taking a break from the imperatives of being alone and responsible for an estate, a large house and yard, a large ranch and the obligations and responsibilities that go along with it all while still working in time and energy for BEING. As much as anything, I've been indulging in a more ME respite. It's often a case of which hat I'm wearing, including both the taskmaster and the task performer. And it's rather a change in my life to be able to "opt out" on occasion. LOL The 2011 resolutions are what might be dubbed an "opt back in".

      Thank you as always for your most valued and cherished attention and I'm looking forward to our sharing much as we move through 2011.

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      7 years ago from Philippines

      "Good old times" the song would best describe my new year's resolution. When this new year is over I can look back and remember it with nostalgia and a sense of accomplishment.Wishing you the best Nellieanna for the coming year.

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      Flo Belanger 

      7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Happy New Year, Nellieanna. I loved your hub--your joy beams through your words!

      My words for this year are "steady diligence." To work steadily, with perseverance, towards a goal until it becomes a success. Now, there are many areas I need to apply this to so perhaps one thing at a time?

      I also like FlyLady and used her method years ago...the one thing I always go back to is the 15 minute "rule" and I can handle almost anything for 15 minutes. I actually set a timer as well! haha

      Best of wishes to you.

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      Feline Prophet 

      7 years ago

      Happy new year, Nellieanna...and all the best with your resolutions! :)

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I love that ballad and what a perfect ending to your hub. I don't make many resolutions but I do have a couple. I want to continue to improve my knowledge on SEO and I want to learn to write in less time than I take at this point. I start in one direction and end up doing a bunch of research and so forth. Happy New Year to You. God Bless.

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      7 years ago

      Happy New Year Nellieanna! May you find this new year with good health, good friends and always great wishes! I have never once made a resolution for the new year, instead I say a prayer the night before, and pray for the upcoming year to be better than the last. And as working on my weak spots, too many to count! But I try to work on them daily, even tho many times I fail. And usually it takes me half the year to remember it is a brand new year!

      Happy New Year!

      Blessings and hugs,


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      Martie Coetser 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      What a beautiful hub, Nellieanna! Gosh, you have a lot to do. You ought to plan your days on paper – I have a hub about how to organize your day in my repertoire – I promise you will find it quite useful. You are definitely going to have an exiting year if you put all your resolutions into practice. Thank you so much for the beautiful wishes, and I am returning it to you – “May beauty, joy, enthusiasm, and love follow you around like puppies!”

      I love you my dearest mother in Hubland! You live deep-deep in my heart.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      LOL, hello, hello. Oh - I won't overdo it, dear heart. The danger for me is underdoing it, and, quite honestly, I'm very kind to myself, and especially now that I'm my major caregiver and my care-receiver! LOL. Times were when I needed almost to snatch and reserve time for me and my own interests. Now I have much more freedom to choose how to spend it, but that requires a little more self-discipliine and deliberate focus on that. Seems that with just a little discretionary time to "call one's own" - it is fairly easy to prioritize for which or what to use it. The tendency - in me, at any rate - when there are few scheduled and imperative activities - is to think , "Oh, there's plenty of time for . . ." and ". . . " my not get done!

      It's also easier to decide against bothering with some things when one's own is the only vote about it! And when it can be just as easily delayed a day or a week - well, you can see the point! hehe. Old daddy Time is as unrelenting as ever, whatever the hours and days and weeks contain or whomever gets to deicide about it. So in one way, it places a greater onus on oneself when one is on both the giving and receiving end of it.

      Anyway - I thank you for your concern for my welfare and I send you all my best wishes as well!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      christopher -Not that I'm the judge of it but my view is that - of course "tweaking" one's choices - and all of it is a matter of moment-to-moment choices, I think - counts in a most major way. I know what you mean. In fact in order to carry out any resolution, spoken, written or contemplated, is always like that! "Just do it" is sort of the overall best resolution for me. I always can think of great ideas and I am usually good about following through - but ONLY if I "tweak" myself and DECIDE to at the times when it's to be done. A good tweakier is an excellent instrument for doing it more rather than less! Thank you, my friend! And a very happy 2011 to you!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      Kate, dear kindred spirit -thank you. Yes -that's the underlying of all my personal goals, too, though not so much becoming a "better" person but a person who is more fully becoming her best self.

      I never would want to be anyone else or "like" anyone else, but at times I have been and still sometimes am aware that I've not lived up to my own best potential. I know I could be more giving in several ways, but at the same time, I'm not sure that in all honesty I could be more understanding - as I define it - because I think part of that is an element of "tough love" too. If one becomes too embroiled in another's predicaments, one ceases to be able to add any insights they aren't already bound up in and by. To maintain adequate objectivity as well as empathy is important if one is to actually give another person much useful understanding, as well as one's own unique perspective. Then one MUST be willing to let it go (often unresolved as yet for the person), but to respect what the person can & chooses to do with it - (or not) and to not expect any specific response to it or be disappointed if it's simply sloughed off.

      I suspect it's hardest when that "other" is someone very close and dear to oneself -but that's probably when it's most important to be able to maintain that degree of objectivity.

      But certainly one must be brutally honest with herself/himself - about what one really IS capable of accomplishing, the value of it to oneself & others, and the trade-offs in reaching its best manifestations. Being forgiving and understanding of oneself rates up there with the top billing. One is the only accurate judge of what really matters to oneself and how much one is willing to "pay" to achieve it. It's perfectly OK to allow oneself some slack! Remember the C&W song, "Everyone Has A Right To Be Wrong Now and Then"? - it's so. Being too persnickerty about oneself or others' performances is destined for frustration which, in turn, usually results in more less-than-acceptable behaviors. We need to be able to smile and forgive errors in judgement or performance which we can't undo or change so as to get on with the NOW, in which we really CAN do better or try to improve our methods of evaluating situations & of implementing our better fine-tuned applications of them. It does NO good to be uptight about it, though. We can be assured that it will not always work out to ultimate perfection - and usually will be just so-so tolerable! And it's OK so long as we don't just give up and accept mediocrity as our due,but instead, keep on the upward path to a best selves possible, in each facet of our lives.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      Jai Warren - good advice! I don't have to list enjoying every day - no, every moment - of life. That's always #1. I don't expect or even intend to try to correct all my bad habits either. But those which annoy me -why not try to avoid them, I say. A day's worth is absolutely all we have to work with. But I find it helpful - since I have NO other overseer but ME, to have a few things I, as overseer, expect me, as everyday slob - to accomplish. hehe. No one else grades or scores me. It's up to me whether or not I want to let "old age and past habits" (my beloved George's favorite little saying in this regard) to render me a helpless blithering shadow of myself in an assisted living facility or - do I discipline myself to do what I know is necessary to stay active, strong, independent, alive and interesting at least to myself. LOL - - You're 'way too young to need to think of that - but, trust me - with a 79th birthday now in a month - I do need to!

      Thank you for the sweet reminder, though -of the first tenet of my life - living fully in the Now - and with few,if any, apologies about how I go about it!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      Ah, Alexandra -yes -I understand that perfectly. But I must admit there is something about writing them down. And even if I don't intend to make them, I constantly do have some goals in mind, but that is a place where the less fun things can get covered up so easily! ;->

      So writing down some that I really do want and need to accomplish will help some of them at the very least to get accomplished. I find I can do more when I've set small-steps, such as at least playing one song every day. And then I have Ludwig von Bearthoven sitting on my keyboard chair to remind me - as well as to praise my efforts! LOL

      Thanks for the good comments. Yes - I really got into FlyLady's program several years ago and was consistently disposing of things I didn't use or need and keeping up with the daily regimen. It was not hard to do, the way she sets it up. And her methods are very near to my own back when I was Chief Domestic Engineer for a household with members relying on my consistent and effective methods. I had to make sure it all seemed to have "done itself". I was never to be in the midst of chores when my family arrived home at the end of their (especially, his) days. Then in my happy marriage to George, the problem was that if he saw me doing a task, he felt obliged (not my my training!) to take it over and do it himself, which was not my preference (I'm female so I think my ways work best! LOL) So I used my effectient, "in the background" strategies so we could both just enjoy our time together.

      But it was George's eventual seriou health issues which put that to the test. Most of our time WAS together and I wanted it to be as normal and happy for him as possible. He certainly didn't need to be vacuuming! I did it quickly and unobtrusively and then whatever "extra" time I could rustle up, I needed to keep my own interests honed, & it was mostly at night when he was sleeping. So some of the regular chores just didn't get regularly attended. But I'm really ready to plunge in again. I want to. It's not "work".

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      7 years ago from TEXAS

      hahaha, Drbj! It's the way, isn't it? I love your poem! Here it is January 1, 2011, and what am I doing? Pretty much what I was doing in 2010, though I did just read the first chapter of "Pride and Prejudice" - granted that is is a quite short chapter and many more to go! From what I know of you, I'd suspect that you know how to get things done smoothly and effectively!

      Thank for visiting and commenting and may you never procrastinate on that! hehe.

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      Hello, hello, 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      You certainly made a full programme for 2011, Nellieanna. Don't overdo it. All my best wishes for you.

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      Christopher Antony Meade 

      7 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      I dont really do them any more. But Best wishes to those who do.

      Mind you I do try to "tweak" my failings during the year.

      Does that count?

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      7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      I was smiling as I was reading your hub, its very lively, upbeat, good one to read as the year ends on my side of the fence.

      My New Year's resolution is to be kinder to myself, I am kind to others, but sometimes very hard on myself, and above all to follow through on goals, have a few projects that I didn't finish; this would be quite empowering as its my mean weakness. Also establishing better balance between my mind, body and spirit!

      Thanks for writing this, forced me to think what I resolve for 2011. :)

      Happy New Year, may your light continue to shine!


    • katiem2 profile image


      7 years ago from I'm outta here

      Thank you for the beautiful Scottish ballad by Robert Burns this lil Scot loves it, very giud!

      I must confess, only to you dear kind friend with an even more kind and beautiful soul, I constantly think of ways I can be a better person, a kinder more aware person with compassion and understanding for all I need be.

      My news year resolution is to be a kinder and gentler person with a greater ability to really hear all the depths of the silence surrounding others.

      Much Love, Peace and JOY! I'm imagining you being radically and abundantly blessed in all areas of your life and all those you love!

      Happy New Year, Now back to the party with only four hours till midnight... :) Katie

    • Jai Warren profile image

      Jai Warren 

      7 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas

      In truth, I don't. I take it to the next level, and do them everyday... whatever's on my plate, I resolve to do the best I can. Can we ask any more than that? Do I have bad habits... sure! But that's me, and probably applies to all of us. My advice, enjoy New Years Eve and every day of 2011.

      All the best Nellieanna, Ciao!!!

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      7 years ago

      Happy New Year, Nellieanna! When I make New Year's resolutions, I tend to get stressed about keeping them exactly right and if I fall off the track, I scrap them. So this year I am resolving NOT to indulge perfectionism and will not make any resolutions ... or ... wait... hahahaha. Oh boy, I like that FlyLady site! Thanks so much for passing that one along:)

    • ChrisLincoln profile image


      7 years ago from Orange (or Lemon...) County, California


      1. Must write resolutions...

      2. Must wish everyone a Happy New Year...

      3. Must...what was the first thing again?

      I need a reboot, hope that 2011 will do just that.

      At the very least, 2010 introduced me to you!



    • drbj profile image

      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      Of course, I do New Year's resolutions.

      Procrastination gives me the most sorrow.

      For the year 2011 I promise to end it.

      In fact, I will start on that one ... tomorrow. :)

      Happy Healthy New Year, Nellieanna.


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