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Resolutions, potholes, and perspective

My New Year’s Eve started badly. Weight gain for the week, plus measurements that didn’t live up to my expectations. I was disappointed and frustrated.

But I was also determined not to let that disappointment ruin my day. A friend of mine on Facebook posted a quote: “You can choose the journey, but not the potholes.” And that’s exactly right.

I had a big day planned. I was meeting a group of very, very dear friends for a sushi lunch at 11, and then two of those friends and I were going for facials. After facials, I had a date to meet my husband for dinner at our favorite Italian restaurant.

My morning had several frustrations that had brought me to tears, but as I was driving to sushi, I really, really wanted to change my mood. And so I decided to list my blessings.

I spent a full 30 minutes of that drive talking out loud in the car and listing all of the blessings in my life. There are way too many to list here, but let me sum it up by saying that if gaining 1.6 lbs this week is the biggest problem in my life, then I need to get over myself.

Like I told myself in the car, gaining weight this week is one of my blessings, because feeling that frustration and continuing on anyway makes me STRONGER. It’s all how you look at it, isn’t it?

I am, without a doubt, one of the most blessed people on the planet. 2011 has been a good year. My husband and I have a family, life, and jobs we love. We have made significant changes in our lifestyle — both losing 30lbs or so. We are healthy, our dogs are healthy, and our families are healthy.

We didn’t remodel the basement this year because River needed hip surgery, but we improved River’s quality of life and that is wayyyy more important than interior design. I missed visiting with my mom this year, but she relocated to Atlanta to be closer to my brother, and she has had a GREAT year there.

I’m feeling extremely positive about 2012. I feel like I have the potential for personal greatness; I am poised to take off and make my life even better than it is. No matter what unpredictable turns life throws at me, I’m in charge of how I react. That’s so incredibly empowering!

Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? I have my challenge, of course, and starting tomorrow I’m going to be up at 5am at least five days a week to write a page on my novel. I am DETERMINED to finish my novel this year. I have a couple of other things I want to focus on as well, but those two are the biggies.

What about you? How are you going to make 2012 a great year?

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