Let me begin by offering a very heartfelt Happy New Year's wish to all of you. 2016 proved to be a great year and I look forward to providing many more blogs and events through out the year. I am honoured that you have taken the time to read my ponderings and I thank you.
I sat with this month's blog for awhile to see what would bubble up to the surface, hoping that it would something of interest yet useful. As bloggers, I think we secretly hope that this one or the next one will be our defining moment. I'm not there yet so I much appreciate your patience.
I'm sorry. For this blog, I couldn't help resort to the dream I had last night and put down in writing.
res o lut tion (noun) ~ a firm decision to do or not to do something. Hence, New Year's Resolution. I didn't plan one this year but this came to mind.
What happened to my steely determination of youth where I beleived if I just stayed really focused and tried hard enough, my goal was possible? Over the years I've aged and with them went alot of determination. It's still there but has become more relaxed, I tell myself. Easing the ideals of perfection, I've surrendered into a happier, content life. My "ideals" have changed!
Then I look at the mirror and scale. They tell no lies. Ouch! the sting is burning. The years are evident and by whose standards? ~ not kindly. I reflect on the health adversities and life challenges I've overcome and I'm pleased that I am still alive, looking and feeling not too bad for the scars I carry. I've learned alot and feel very comfortable in my own skin. I'm able to drink from the well of deep gratitude for my life, family, pets, friends and home. I live in a great country where freedom may be taken for granted.
Are the extra pounds all I have to worry about? The Christmas season hasn't been too unkind with the goodies to be had. I guess shovelling the driveway/sidewalks 11 times over these recent snowfalls with my husband at least kept a few ounces at bay. Being outside with Mother Nature's beauty was well worth it since the snowy scenes apparently come only five to eight years or so. Aw, winter on the West Coast. However, our winter snowscape has been hard on pets. Walking our pooch has had its challenges with snow depth and slipperyness. We survived and enjoyed it albeit not as long or energetic considering the conditions but at least we got out there.
Back to my New Year's Resolution. My history shows I'm not good at keeping it. Maybe they are meant to be broken anyway. I'm throwing out the dregs of popcorn kernels in the container knowing popcorn with olive oil is a contributor. Whew! That was easy. The residuals pains of a car accident years ago are exascerbated with exercise. Going to exercise more to loose these extra pounds. Ummm, not quite there yet. Don't want to sacrifice dogwalking time with our Winnie. Idea ~ walk quicker and farther. Find more hills. Start weight bearing exercises in the bathroom before I go down stairs and use my cuppa joe as a carrot. Put a calendar on the bathroom mirror to record the progress. Bonus ~ also helps keep the dog trim. I know she will benefit from these walks, too. Besides, it makes for quality time together. Sounds like a good, achievable resolution to me. Perfect!!!
So What's Yours??? Are you going to make a resolution this New Years? Will it include your pet?
Here's a challenge. Email me your resolution and I'll post it in this blog with your initials, if you like. Then your goal is out there. You will have told someone who won't judge you. I'd love to hear from you. firstname.lastname@example.org
May 2017 fulfill your goals and dreams and bring good health and happiness to you and your pets.
Happy New Year!
Reana Selody Joubert
Pondering, mulling, musing with pen in hand about animals or people, sometimes family or sometimes wild. Oh, and news & events, too.
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