I'll be honest - I usually hate January because I miss the Christmas cheer. Everyone is so nice and on their best behavior in December. And then in January, it's like everyone needs to catch up on being a Scrooge.
That said, I do like the January winter weather because I can wear my sweaters that don't get much love or use in Southern California. And, because I can start off the year with a fresh list of resolutions!
My resolutions aren't just for improvement (although many of them are...) but also encompass Bucket List items and places to check off my Travel List.
Does anyone else make separate lists of resolutions in different categories?
I feel like if one list reads, "Join Pilates", another list should read, "Swim with Dolphins". Just saying.
I should tell you, I did check "Swim with Dolphins" off my list - and it wasn't what I expected. While the hubs LOVED the adventure, I was terrified much of the time. In my head, I imagined the "Disney" dolphin experience of floating around the pool with my new finned friend.
In reality, the dolphins were rescued in a small town on the Baja coast and we went into their ocean tanks to swim with them. Yes, those really were eels rubbing against my legs. And the dolphins were larger, powerful and more ominous than in my imagination! I was scared. But, I was also THRILLED that I was swimming with them! I could tell they were intelligent and loving. My mermaid aspirations were piqued.
This year, I want to do yoga with baby goats, travel to an obscure island in the Bahamas, publish at least two books, launch my own sex education school, work towards my Ph. D., and go wine tasting via horseback. Lofty goals to be sure, especially since those baby goats are really bouncy! But, at least it gives me a North Star direction in my life, which keeps me motivated and constantly pushing myself.
Last year I accomplished a lot on my lists - try Absinthe (no, I didn't hallucinate), performed a marriage ceremony, and hosted an award show, to name a few. Taking my hubs to Tahoe and Yosemite were also checked off my list last year.
What wasn't checked off my 2018 list? Run a marathon through a vineyard, travel to Amsterdam, and re-learn how to play the guitar. Should I add those back onto my 2019 list?
I've already joined a pilates class and have five BETA students for my school, and it's not yet February. So I feel I've gotten off to a good start. But, who knows if that January determination will peter out by May. Life is always full of surprises!
So, please share! What are some of your resolutions for 2019?