Therefore, instead of resolutions, I have chosen areas of "focus" for 2011. I am going to focus on living creatively. Step one was this blog. Then I just finished some nursery pics for a very good friend of mine. They aren't fantastic, but I loved working on them and I have a few more painting ideas up my sleeve. Hopefully I'll improve if I keep at it.
In addition to living creatively, I am also going to try living frugally. Stop laughing! That's not nice. Ok, maybe not frugally, that just isn't in my nature. But I can work on my savings and not spending all willy nilly. I went on a small spending spree after Joe, thinking that I "deserved" something nice to make up for sadness. I would like to save for some things to do the house and I will need a new car within a couple of years. So I will work on that as well.
And last but not least I want to reverse some of my Murphy's Law-Bad Luck Karma. I am going to begin by volunteering. I felt horrible over the holidays that I didn't donate to anything, I was too busy buying stuff for me. Plus, with my new focus of spending less, I figured donations would not be the way to go. Instead, I decided to give my time usually spent on my butt on the couch. I thought about the SPCA, but knew that I would come home with more animals than I would know what to do with (remember the thing on hoarders???). I signed up to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity instead. That way I wouldn't have to make the typical "get in shape" resolution, I could volunteer and work hard at the same time! It's about time I put the ol' noggin to use.
I'll keep you updated on my progress in these three areas. Ok, maybe not the shopping part. If I do fall off the not spending wagon, I'll just hide my purchases upstairs and keep that a secret. But I will continue to share my creative pursuits as well as describe my muscle pain and missing fingers because someone let me use a saw while building a house.
Happy New Year!