Happy New Year!
I woke up on January 1st with a little cold. I hope that’s not a foreshadowing of how my 2014 is going to play out. I am a little worried because the year 2013 turned out to be my best one yet. I am usually optimistic about the upcoming year but I wonder how on earth this one can possibly beat the last one.
There are so many things I loved about last year. I turned 50 on the beach in Hawaii. I went through menopause without even knowing it. I was offered the opportunity to write for the Wall Street Journal. The stock market gave my balance sheet a significant boost. I paid off my mortgage. I enjoyed some wonderful trips to New York, Seattle, Las Vegas, and Hawaii, most in the company of great friends. And I got to meet some blogging friends in real life. I even had a great time being on a jury for the first time in my life.
So this year, instead of the typical resolutions focusing on outcomes or goals, I’m resolving to try and do more of the things that make me happy.
-It makes me happy to write a blog post
-It makes me happy to weigh my target weight
-It makes me happy to get along well with Doug
-It makes me happy to have dinner with friends and family
-It makes me happy to play the piano
-It makes me happy when I am published in the WSJ
-It makes me happy when my house and garden look tidy
-It makes me happy to spend time at one of my volunteer jobs
-It makes me happy after I have exercised
I learned this year that I don’t enjoy yoga anymore. So sometimes doing something that makes you happy means not doing something that used to make you happy because it doesn’t make you happy anymore.
But first I have to nurse this cold, because being sick does not make me happy at all.
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