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I Resolve…

Famed American poet Robert Frost penned these lovely words:

“I have promises to keep… and miles to go before I sleep.”

I’m pretty sure he wrote that.  Or something like it.  Look, it’s been a long day.  I can’t even be sure that I just wrote what preceded this sentence.  Either way, isn’t that a peaceful sentiment?  If he didn’t write it, perhaps I can claim it as my own.  I mean, I did just write it, didn’t I?

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Miles…  Bastard. Courtsey: Wikimedia Commons

On second thought, maybe it’s not so peaceful.  Apart from the nod to Dionne Warwick and keeping promises or being all through with promises, promises now; I don’t know how I got the nerve to walk out.  Wait, where was I?  Yes!  Miles to go, Bobby?  Really?  I taught three classes, chaired a few meetings, sat in a total of two hours of traffic, hosted a dinner party, played father to my children, AND plunged a toilet full of shit.  See child #2 on that last one.  Hasn’t been feeling so hot lately.  Oh wait, “child #2″…  Ha.  I just caught that.  But seriously, miles?  Right about now I’m itching to climb into my bed which is a mere feet away and watch a few episodes of Making a Murderer before crashing like the Hindenburg.  Too soon?  Yeah, I’ll do feet, not miles.  Screw you, Frost.

Speaking of promises, here’s today’s daily prompt from the Daily Post.

Have you ever made a New Year’s Resolution that you kept?

And the answer is…

Nope.

Good night, folks!

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Resolved (Again)

The New Year is a wonderful time to set resolutions.

It’s also a good time to look back and see how we did with our old resolutions.

Toward that end I looked back at a post of about a year ago.  I called it “Blogging Resolutions for 2015“.  You can check it out for yourself.

I vowed to write more “for my children”, travel more, and get in shape.

On the first count, I believe I hit the mark.  The writing wasn’t as voluminous as I would have liked but it was all for the kids.

As far as travel, I did travel more but to familiar places.  Unfortunately, that travel was largely to visit sick family members.  Nonetheless, it was a mini success.

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It’s never too late to make some changes.

And as for fitness…  Well, around July 1 I finally got on track in a way that I never had.  I took the advice of a friend who’s a trainer and went for it.  I went for it hard.  And I saw results.  My trainer was even impressed with the slight transformation I had made by August when he saw me again.  Then he inspired me to kick it up a notch and add running to routine.  For the first time in my entire life, I became a runner.  My goal was to be able to run 2 miles.  Wouldn’t you know it, by early December I ran my first 5K (a little more than 3 miles)!

And then I hit a few walls.  Mainly, it’s psychological.  After that race I got the strange idea in my head that I was never going to be as good as my trainer.  And that hurt for a few minutes (days).  It’s hard when you realize you can’t be all that you wanted to be.  Man, I wanted to be shredded like you wouldn’t believe.  Just once, I wanted to sport 4% bodyfat instead of 24.  BUT…  I’m proud of what I accomplished even if I’m the only one and I decided that, once Christmas was over, I’d get back on track with a more attainable goal.  Hopefully by next Christmas I’ll be down around 20%.

On New Year’s Eve my sister-in-law brought over a few envelopes.  In each one was a resolution (or two or three) that each of us had written last New Year’s Eve.  We opened them up.  The surprising thing is that I had completely forgotten about these cards.

On my card:

“I resolve in 2015 to: father another child.”

Ouch.  OK.  Didn’t happen despite many, many attempts.

On my wife’s card:

“I resolve in 2015 to: be blessed with another gift from God.”

Yikes.  So at least we were both on the same page albeit she worded it more like a woman.  So we’re infertile.  Big deal.  Our new resolution is to treasure ever more the two we have.

Also on her card was a resolution to run a 5K.  How funny is that?  If I’d only known, we could have made it a couple’s thing.  So what if running a 5K wasn’t a goal of mine until later in the year?

Got any resolutions this year?  Feel free to share them.  If sharing’s not your thing, than draw some hope from this infertile, writers-blocked, fatty and keep in mind that there’s always a new year to be the new you.

How’re My Babies Doing?

Hey new bloggers (and seasoned vets alike)!

It’s a new year and I think we’ve all caught a gust of wind for our blogging sails.  Just thought I’d check into offer some encouragement and see how things are going.

I have been inspired to post a bit more lately and I’m actually enjoying it again.  Also, I’ve received dozens of new followers and for that I’m grateful.

In the meantime, I quit my gym membership so that other resolution (to get in shape again) is going to take a slightly different turn.  A friend of mine (who’s also been a trainer in the past) is going to set me up with a routine involving just my body weight.

Until then, it’s back on the diet.  Fortunately, I get to eat like this.

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Here We Are Again: Blogging Resolutions for 2015

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The real reason why I write.

Seems like every year I go through the same thing. I find myself looking at a WordPress interface, reflecting on the past and wondering about the future.

A few nights ago I received my blog stats for 2014. They were somewhat disappointing to me. Then I remembered that I’ve hardly blog at all this year compared to years past. True, I’ve been through a lot personally this year.

Looking back, I understand full well the reasons why I did not post as often as I have in the past.

The past was fun. I honestly enjoyed Sharing my “adventures” and chronicling our life for my children.

The future is always uncertain. I am a man who likes resolution. I like to know how things will be, how they will turn out.

I also like a sense of accomplishment. I have set goals in the past and achieved them. In 2012 for instance I blogged every single day. I did it. And I am proud of what I wrote.

This time of year, the beginning, always leaves me feeling a little depressed. Perhaps it is because going forward I really do not know what the future will bring and it is a little scary. Well I accomplish anything? Will my life impact the life of another in a positive way? And what effect will writing about it have?

Long since past the need to attract scores of followers, received tons of comments, and generally be recognized as an outstanding blogger; I want to blog in 2015 the way I began blogging in 2008. That is, I want to write for my children. I want to make my wife laugh. I want my friends – my true friends – to continue to be a part of my life though many miles may separate us.

Do I have more specific goals? Absolutely! When I first started blogging it was in the context of traveling. I hope to engage in more travels this coming year with my family. in the past I have also written about my ongoing quest to get in shape and finally conquered my crumbling spine. So I will be back at the gym this year and writing profusely about it. And in the time since I’ve started writing, I have taken great strides advancing my career. This year I hope to make a professional Leap and finally give my family in me something they can truly be proud of.

Short of achieving these goals, there is the outstanding matter of baby number three who has yet to materialize. As head of a severely Catholic household this is a matter of great pride and honor for me. With God’s blessing, 2015 might just be the year. And with my wife’s blessing, I may one day be able to write all about it! Believe me, it is a very funny and very poignant tale of true love, Fidelity, and absolute trust in God’s will.

So as I have done in years past I pose the question again. Are you with me? Will you share in my life and let me be a part of yours? Will you let me try to make you laugh, cry, and think more deeply? Will you invite others to the party?

Here’s to a glorious 2015! May God bless you abundantly with his peace.

Oh and for the love of God, would Wade Abbot and Dan Grady please start blogging again? You both right so exceptionally well and I love to read what you have to say.