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2010 Resolutions

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1lbradf
Jan 9, 2010, 3:54pm

Okay, this group has been too quiet for too long! Did anyone make any resolutions for this year? Anyone have any good stories about resolutions made and kept or resolutions made and broken but it turned out great anyway??

Personally, as I have gotten older, I am less inclined to make new year's resolutions. I have too long a history of failing to meet my objectives. Nowdays I work more on serendipity--things will come together in unique and interesting ways. My part is have an open mind and to create/allow the environment for change.

2MmeRose
Jan 9, 2010, 6:00pm

I'm also less inclined to make resolutions. But this year, I did make one - to write reviews on at least 50% of the books I read. I've been very lazy about reviewing.

3PhaedraB
Jan 9, 2010, 7:27pm

The last couple of years I've been making health-related resolutions. Not "lose weight;" that's too discouraging. Last year I decided to change how I was dealing with my dermatitis, which was somewhat successful. (Unfortunately, it's a stress-related condition, and stressors, though they change, have not disappeared.) This year I decided to get more serious about my acid reflux.

4tloeffler
Jan 9, 2010, 8:48pm

The only resolutions I made were about reading this year. I've given up on losing weight & getting a handle on finances (my unsuccessful resolutions for the last 10 years). I'm going to try to read more books off my shelf, I'm going to do some reading about World War I, and I'm going to start reading some of the series I've been accumulating on my TBR list. Possibly two of each per month.
I feel like I've reached that delicious age where I can finally accept the things I can't change. I'll save my energy for things that are enjoyable to me.

5staffordcastle
Jan 9, 2010, 9:00pm

So far my only resolution has been the Books Off the Shelf challenge - has a pretty good chance of actually succeeding!

6MmeRose
Jan 12, 2010, 2:09pm

4 tloeffler: Not to add to your unfinished series, but Anne Perry has a WWI series, Charles Todd has 2 (one just started), and Jacqueline Winspear has a just post-WWI series that details quite a bit about the results on society.

7tloeffler
Jan 13, 2010, 10:44am

HA! I have the Anne Perry series already, so one bullet dodged. Unfortunately, I will have to look into the other two, simply because that's how I am.

You know, my Dad's been in the hospital for the last two weeks, and all I have been is jealous. He's not a big reader, and he's had one book on his tray the whole time, and he isn't even 1/4 of the way through it. Do you know what I could put away if I had two weeks in a bed with meals served on a tray? Even with the occasional pokes & prods, I could have emptied a shelf.

Oh, well. I should be grateful that I don't have to be in a hospital, but still.

8justjim
Jan 13, 2010, 10:49am

Be grateful, it's not fun being in hospital.

9arrr
Jan 13, 2010, 1:29pm

I have 2 resolutions: #1 - I quit smoking on New Years Day. We'll see how that goes. #2 - To read more of the books I already have. I used to feel guilty about buying new books when I have so many I haven't read. Now I just tell myself I'm stocking up for retirement!

10MerryMary
Jan 13, 2010, 1:37pm

I AM retired. What excuse do I use?

11justjim
Jan 13, 2010, 1:39pm

Afterlife?

12MerryMary
Jan 13, 2010, 1:40pm

:-D

13WildMaggie
Jan 13, 2010, 1:45pm

9> #1. Way to go, arrr!!!!! Best luck and better health to you.
I try not to label self-improvement decisions as “resolutions” since that seems to set them up to fail. I just quietly determine that I will make an improvement or two. And I try not to tie them to New Years of birthdays or other specific times because that seems to suggest they have a deadline for being completed or abandoned. I’d rather just start immediately after making the decision and then keep plugging away. That’s a more realistic way to make permanent changes.
I’ve recently quietly determined that I will strive to:
• Read from my TBR piles and only mooch books from my wishlist. No random browsing. That was how my TBR piles got out of hand to begin with.
• Spend MUCH less time online. It’s such a time suck. (Now my lunch time is over. I’m closing the window.)

14arrr
Jan 13, 2010, 3:35pm

Well, I guess we all have to do what works best for us! My only 2 online vices are Library Thing and Amazon!