Monday, January 4, 2016

What are Some New Year’s Resolutions You’ve Had in the Past?

This is a question from the blog A Life Examined.

So...What are Some New Year’s Resolutions You’ve Had in the Past?

I found this question to be hard. I make goals, but not really New Year's Resolutions.

Last year I decided that when I am checking out at a store, if a person comes up behind me, and only has say 5 items - I'm going to let them go in front of me. People love it when I do that. Why? Because I generally have a lot in my cart. The only time I don't do this is when I'm shopping on my lunch break because I'm in a hurry to get back to work.

I made it a goal to slow down, leave myself more time with driving. That sort of worked. It seems that no matter how early I wake up Isaak and Travis still run slow. Mica and I are more morning people. Mica gets up, dressed, makes coffee... Isaak gets dressed slow, and they both eat breakfast slow. I'm the type that eats a bite, and will get up to do my makeup between bites if I need to. It's frustrating that they are so slow. I want to be that drill sergeant that says, "Ok 5 push-ups and a bite to eat!" Ha! Isaak picks the worst times to go to the bathroom to! I'll be ready to go, and Isaak has to go number 2. It makes me want to scream.

I sort of wanted to call cashiers by their name when I'm checking out. I have to be honest, it feels a little creepy. They look at me funny when I say their name. Maybe I'll take that back up, maybe I won't.

My goal for 2016 is to clean up often and paint more. A girl came to our house for New Years Eve. She wants me to paint 30 pieces for a spot that she curates. Travis laughed. He doesn't think it's possible. I'm going to try. So far I've painted 1/2 a piece. I have an underpainting done. No details. It's a teepee with a cityscape at the bottom. It's about white man taking over Native Americans. I work with mixed media. This start of a painting is acrylic, fabric, pencil shavings, and will have vinyl triangles, thread, and toothpicks. More of the painting is already done, since I took pictures. 


Tamara Narayan said...

I took several painting courses in college and I miss it. I didn't want to bring out my oils and the turpentine base around my kids. Maybe I should switch to acrylics.

I have one kid who can hurry and one that won't. The latter drives me absolutely nuts!

Arlee Bird said...

I'm seeing a trend about goals over resolutions. Maybe I need to define my goals better in order to have greater clarity about where I'm going.

Not sure I'd feel right about calling cashiers by name, but on the other hand I often see the same ones where I shop so why not.

I'm already slow. I'm usually barely through my meal when my wife is finishing hers up. I guess I like to think about things a lot before I do them.

That painting offer sounds like a great one. Good luck with that! Could be a tremendous step for you.

Arlee Bird
Tossing It Out

Mary Aalgaard said...

Awesome artistic challenge. I hope you reach that goal! It is hard to wait for others to get ready when we're on a time crunch. Family life.

Janie Junebug said...

The painting will be cool when it's finished. I bet you can do it.


Anonymous said...

That painting already looks really cool! Can't wait to see the end result :)

I loathe mornings, haha, so I guess I can't understand your pain? I'm chronically slow and have to have at least an hour of being alone or else I'm a grump all day.

Oh jeez... don't call cashiers by their name! It's so weird! I used to always feel really uncomfortable when people would do that to me. I mean, I guess other people might be ok with it, but it used to creep me out haha

Susan said...

I love your grocery store resolution. It shouldn't be a big deal to let someone with a few items go ahead of you in the line, and it makes a positive impact on their day.

Toni said...

Excellent goals, sure sounds like you really want more connection! Me, too.

Theresa Mahoney said...

I want to craft more this year and brush up on my Spanish. Maybe learn to crochet too. I'm feeling like this is going to be an artsy year for me.

Good luck with your paintings! I can't wait to see the first finished piece!

Masshole Mommy said...

I never make resolutions. I know myself and I know I won't stick to them, so I don't bother :)

~ Noelle said...

Put your mind to it, I know you can do it ;)
As for my resolutions... I don't make them, because I don't keep them.
I want to try and start back scrapbooking, but we shall see

Unknown said...

I always feel like I'm rushing in the morning, but when I look at the time, I find it's taken me an hour to eat breakfast :P

Eat To Live said...

I never make resolutions. I wouldn't stick to them anyway. I just want to be as healthy and happy as I can be in 2016. Happy New Year!!


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