I don't make 'em. I do not think it is necessary to have a "date" to change your life, and for me it actually works backwards. Positive changes can happen anytime, and some of my most successful ones have started on a Wednesday in the middle of a random month (or some such!). I am a firm believer that ANYONE can change, and that the New Year may help a few people (but not most!) and--that change is not easy.
That said, I am still trying to improve my life. I have been following FlyLady for about 9 years now, and many of the most positive changes in my life have come from her--but I am still not a great housekeeper*!
AND, the one goal I did make (but it wasn't a New Year's Resolution--it was just a goal for the year)--I AM DOING!
2010--THE YEAR I LEARN TO KNIT!
Yes, I know it isn't the world's most beautiful knitting, and I am having a bit of a hard time with patience! (Yes, I KNOW--I always do!) I know that I have to practice long enough to establish A) Rhythm, and B) Muscle Memory, but I STILL want to be great, instantly!
I keep reminding myself that everyone starts somewhere, and this is my start!
*Interestingly, on this topic, I was having a FABULOUS, late night girls talk** with one of my dearest friends, when this subject came up. She said something along the lines of "we all know you view it as a balance, with sanity and mental health on one end, and a perfectly clean house on the other--and you have to give up one to have the other!" I don't recall ever putting it into exactly that terminology before (although, I certainly could have, and have just forgotten it!), I do think it is fairly true.
I am searching for a balance--when my house gets too bad, it does "repress me+", but I know too many people, (and I have gotten caught in the cycle) that cannot do any living because their house isn't clean enough. They cannot stop to see the sunset, or build a snowman with their kids, or go on a walk--because they have 3 dishes in the sink. And, since there is ALWAYS more work, they never get to the living part.
Sigh, finding the balance is the hard part!
**Sorry, dear heart, I hope you have finally caught up on your sleep!
+Gratuitious Monty Python Quote: "Oh! Come and see the violence inherent in the system! HELP! HELP! I'm bein' repressed! I'm bein' repressed!"