New Years Meme

I’ve been tagged by Kim at KWJ Writes for a New Year’s Meme. She has made some excellent resolutions about her writing and personal growth, which have inspired me to give some thought to how I want this next year to be. Here’s her meme.. play along if you’d like, and leave a link back to your site.

1 – Have you every really committed to a New Year’s Resolution, following through past the month of, say, March? What were the results?

2 – Have you ever made a resolution that turned out differently than what you had in mind when you made it? How was it different and was it better, or worse, than what you expected?

3 – Are you making resolutions this year? (You don’t have to say what they are if you don’t want!)

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1. Believe it or not, I actually have stuck to a resolution beyond the month of March. I’m a planner and have a tendency to be methodical in my actions. A few years ago, I resolved to pay cash for Christmas. I started putting $20 in a box in my closet each week. This came after a rather expensive holiday season full of credit card abuse use. I followed through with it and 11 months later had almost $1000. in cash. Money in a box seems so simplistic, but I know I wouldn’t have put aside $20 in a bank account weekly. Dipping into a savings account to pay for Christmas seems wrong somehow, but using cash in the closet for it’s intended purpose feels ok (I’m so weird! Money is money no matter where it comes from!) I was able to have a credit card-free Christmas that year, and it felt great. I may have to resurrect that resolution for this year.
2. Last year I resolved to read more. Reading is a solitary pursuit, obviously, but I also resolved to be more social and spend more time with friends. I hadn’t planned to, but I ended up combining those 2 seemingly incompatible resolutions by gathering up some bookish people I know and starting a book club. It has been great fun. And then I discovered blogging.. I’m definitely reading more, but a lot of that reading is online, and visiting other blogs is social (kinda!)

3. I am making resolutions this year. I want to add more joy to my life. I want to be more fun. I want to spend more quality time with my friends and family. I want to go on dates with my husband. I also want to declutter certain areas of my home, be better about meal planning, and organize my photos. I intend to become a regular at the gym and, of course, lose 10 pounds (just like last year).

I’m going to tag: everyone!

Happy 2008!

The Fun Girl Visits Pasadena


January 1st in Pasadena is almost always glorious, and today was no exception. We had a blast visiting this beautiful city just north of Los Angeles and seeing the 2008 Tournament of Roses Parade floats up close.

It was a 75 degree, picture-postcard-perfect Southern California day, and we thoroughly enjoyed being outside and checking out the handiwork of so many amazing artists and dedicated volunteers. The work that goes into these things is mind boggling!

My kids thought the City of Burbank’s Oktoberfest float was the best.  My favorite was the enormous 55 foot American Indian on the Farmers Insurance float (and seeing it gave me a weird flashback to the sex scene in 1,000 White Women: The Journals of May Dodd).

We walked for miles and saw about 2/3rds of the floats before the kids pooped out. This was WAY more fun than taking down my Christmas tree today!

Brand New Year, Same Old Me

I love empty calendars, blank journals, lined paper waiting to be filled with scribbles, notes, appointments, and lists. All the possibilities of a fresh start give me hope for change.

I Like this quote “When you start using senses you’ve neglected, your reward is to see the world with completely fresh eyes”

Barbara Sher (American business owner, career counselor, author)

Fresh eyes, that’s what I want. I want to use those neglected senses. Go more places, have more experiences. I have allowed my life to become too routine, too scheduled. I need to allow for more spontaneity, more fun (even if I have to schedule it!), less “I have to..” and more “I want to..”

So, one resolution that I’m writing down in my new blank journal for the new year is to be more fun. Not just have more fun, but to BE more fun. I want to step out of myself and be silly and free spirited, unpredictable and a whole lot less boring.

As I sit here in my bathrobe, writing on my blog and watching the Rose Parade on tv, I idly say to my husband, “I’ve never seen the floats up close, in all the years I’ve lived in Southern California.” and, in typical Aquarius fashion, he says, “Let’s go! We can be up and back before the game starts.”  My first thought is, “Wait!  That’s not part of the plan.  I was going to take down the tree today and get the house cleaned up.”  Hmmm. I’ve just written about how I want to have more fun.. BE more fun.. and yet I don’t feel like jumping in the shower and getting ready to go to have a fun experience, because it’s not part of “the plan”. Apparently this spontaneous, BE FUN stuff is going to require an effort on my part, and may even require me to throw “the plan” out the window.

Ok, so much for the plan.  Here we go.  I’m going to start being more fun RIGHT NOW. I’ll write again later about our experiences and about my other resolutions (being fun isn’t the only one). So goodbye, from the FUN GIRL (or, more accurately, the girl who is trying to be FUN) and Happy New Year! I’m off to smell the roses!