By Megan Parker, CV&T Lifestyles Columnist
Those dreaded New Year’s resolutions. Why do we do this to ourselves? I’ve been asking myself that question for a while now.
Don’t get me wrong, I did make a few but then I decided I wouldn’t call them my Resolutions. So, here is my “List of 10 Things to do in 2010”.
1. Clean out all of the closets. I’ve already started this and only made it halfway through the large closet. It will take a while but I’m hoping I can get it all done before February.
2. Take unwanted and unused items to the Goodwill. Hey, I figure someone can get some use out of all of those things just lying around collecting dust. I’ve already taken one load to them and I’m planning to take another this weekend. They are just going to love it when I pull around back!
3. Paint the front door when the weather warms up. This is kind of funny on my part because I started this project this past summer and only painted one side of one half of the door. When people come over they just look at the door and seem confused. “Don’t ask!” is my excuse.
4. Spend more time with my family and friends and have them come to visit me. I seem to come up with excuses for not going to see my family. It’s sad on my part, but hey it’s a two-way path the way I see it. It’s the same distance for me to go to them as it is for them to come to me. Think about that family! I mean my mom has only been to my house twice in three years (but she lives in Michigan so understandable) and my sister only a handful of times.
5.Do something for myself at least once every month or so. It seems like I never take any time out for myself. I never feel like I have time to do anything. So this year, I’m going to MAKE the time.
6. Try to quit my bad habit. Okay, okay, so I smoke, but I’ve been trying really hard to quit. I feel ashamed of myself for starting in the first place, but I have no one to blame this on but myself. Hey, I’ve got until January 31, 2010 to quit, but I’ll start trying now. . .
7. Start taking pictures again and learn how to develop them using a dark room. I use to be so good at photography. I’m no professional; I’m just saying that I’m good at what I do. Timmy’s grandmother bought me an old 35mm for Christmas, so now is as good a time as any.
8. Start my Eating Right program. AGAIN. Most of you know that I had gallstone pancreatitis, which led to acute pancreatitis, and I still suffer with it. The doctors had me on an extremely hard diet for any southern born. Not a lot to choose from on that menu, but it all boils down to portion sizes and the right foods. Plus, a healthy dose of …
9. Exercise. I hate this word, but my mother-in-law bought me the Jullian Michaels workout program for the Wii and I’ve been trying to follow it every night. I’m trying. She said she bought that one so that I can fuss back with her while I’m working out. Great stress reliever!
And last but not least, and one that I feel is the most important…
10. Start using the gifts that God has blessed me with. If you know me you know that I was blessed with a lot of unique talents. I love to write and I find joy in writing for you; cooking, which I can also share with you through my writings and recipes. I was blessed with the ability to sing and I sometimes get embarrassed singing in front of crowds. I need to work on that one, a lot. If you don’t use the gifts God has blessed you with, He can take them from you. Remember that!
So, those are my 10 things to do in 2010. I think I can manage that. Well, I’ll give it my best shot and I’ll keep you updated on my progress.
I just wanted to say thank you to those who have asked about my column and encouraged me to continue writing it. I’ll do my best each week not to disappoint. Again, thank you. Happy New Year, and God Bless!