My short reflection

I wasn’t going to write a post about New Year’s eve, day, or resolutions. And yet — here I am.

I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. The whole ‘less is more’ idea, where your happiness depends on a result, hasn’t sat well with me for years. Maybe it’s just how I interpret things. I’m all for turning the page and starting fresh: I’m tackling my marathon training this year with a private coach, and my lovely husband recently bought me my blog domain for my birthday. I am now Welcome! I’m still the same, only shorter.

Minnie is quiet, petite, and sweetly demure. I possess two of these qualities.

I possess two of these qualities.

My New Year’s resolutions would be mostly impossible right now. I would choose to have more hours in a day, or have the sun come out at my beckoning, or only go to work when I felt like it. Sure, I’d like to blog more (if it makes me a better writer and I enjoy it) and run faster and be more patient and lose weight without having to indulge less. Sure, I’d like all those things. And if they fit with my mood and time and focus, they will happen. But it’s not going to break my emotional bank if they don’t. In fact, if things stay as they are, it would also be okay. (Except for the patience part — I do have to work on yelling less).

I’m not a long-term planner. My husband asked me the other day if I have something (major) I’d like to accomplish in the next 20-ish years. I think when you have a family often the underlying statement in this is the caveat of when the kids are gone. I think we all silently believe there will be more money, time, and space when kids leave the house, as well as less laundry, fighting, food to buy, and noise. I’m not sure how this pans out. Anyhow, my husband has plans. He has things he’d like to do. I, however, can’t fathom what I’ll make for dinner tomorrow, or what I’d want to do in 6 months or next year.


Even if your view is obscured, remember that the horizon still exists.

I don’t make long-term plans or New Year’s resolutions, because at some level it’s all okay. This is how things are now. Of course there could be improvement, mostly on my part. But how things function or exist or happen is because of my doing.  I’m not sure if 2012 was better (or worse) than 2011. I remember that asshole who cut me off in traffic in April but there was no real significance to my life at this event. Meh, it just was.

Have yourselves a happy New Year, wherever you might be, resolute or otherwise.


10 thoughts on “My short reflection

  1. If I read this post in a dream, I’d feel like it was my own. Your words are ringing true to exactly how I feel about the whole thing! Minus the kids part, but in our world, it’s more like “what would you like to do when we are finally adults” or something of that nature. Right now, it’s teeny apartment time with occasional bacon for dinner and fun floundering in creating our own holiday traditions. I love how you see this holiday and this time- it’s refreshing and ringing true. Happy new year 🙂

    • Great to feel your enthusiasm in your comments. Bacon for dinner! Cause to celebrate!
      I like things simple and when I try to hard I just complicate things. Here’s to letting 2013 be “as is.”
      Happy N Y!

  2. “At some level it’s all okay.” True words, indeed! I love a new year but rarely make resolutions. It’s a good time to reflect and consider changes that could be made. Maybe they will happen; maybe they won’t. In the end, it’s all good. All the best to you and yours in the new year!

    • Angela,
      All the best to you. You’ve had a amazing year and will soon continue being amazing only a few days into the new year. Am excited to hear what adventures you have for the next 12 months.

      Happy resting, running, and new starts!


  3. I don’t do New Year’s resolutions either. I rarely know what I’m doing from one minute to the next. But I do have some goals for the new year of what I hope to do during the year. I hope I follow through on them. I already started before the new year began, so I’m on a roll. Happy running and training. Happy New Year!

    • You are on a roll. Whether your goals meet total fruition it is a journey and process to get there. Celebrate the milestones of progress along the way.

      Wishing you the best for the New Year.

  4. Happy New Year Tania! I’m with you on the resolutions. Instead, I reflect on the previous year and think about what aspects of my life that I need to work on. The new year is a time for me to make sure my life is headed down the right path 😉

    That’s super exciting about your marathon training and your running coach. I can’t wait to read about how it goes.

    May you and your family have an amazing year that is full of love and laughter!

    • Hi Tracie,

      Happy New Year. I think it’s great to assess where things are at in our lives. If we want to improve or create a different situation, naturally we need to look at where things currently are.
      I’ll let you know how the training and coaching goes. It will be a new dynamic for me, but that’s also a good thing.

      Happy New Year to you and Mario!
      Best to you,

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