January 18, 2013

my theme song for 2013 without the song

A few bloggers that I read have one thing in common, they did not make New Years resolutions lists.

Rather they did something much more interesting in my opinion.

They picked a "word" for this coming year a word that describes what they desire for themselves.

Sort of like a theme song for 2013 but a word instead.

I love this idea!

Could I  write a traditional New Years resolutions list?


But quite frankly they've never worked for me before so I'm open to trying something new like picking a word to sort of spur on some personal growth and give myself some direction.

After the kids accident my ability to concentrate was nil and I still have difficulty with it. I'm not sure if it's some left over symptom of the watchful waiting I did after the trauma but it's still a problem and I know it.

Oddly enough it's what brought me to blogging so it has its up side but I think I'm in a good enough place now and enough time has passed to tackle it.

I'd like to make "sticktoitiveness" my word for 2013.

Not familiar?

Stick-to-it-ive-ness (noun)
  1. dogged perseverance
  2. the quality that allows someone to continue trying to do something even though it is difficult or unpleasant

I'd love to focus in two area's specifically.

Reading novels is the first area. Truthfully I've avoided books in general in favor of blogging but I think I'd like to schedule some regular time for book reading. I used to be an avid reader and I'm not quite sure what's out there that's currently worth reading.  Suggestions would be appreciated.

And then there's that treadmill in the guest room, we need to become better friends. My doctor mentioned that he'd like to see me raise my good cholesterol a few points and exercise is a good way to do it. Then there's all that weight I gained after the kids died, grief plus stress and inactivity can pack on those pounds and now I'd like to shed them.

I know jumping on that treadmill will probably be an easy thing to do, for one day or one week.
I know picking up a book will probably be an easy thing to do too, for the first chapter or book.
Will sticking with this be easy over the long haul?  Probably not if my history is any indication.
That's why I need to work on..... my sticktoitiveness.
In the long run that's the thing that is sorely lacking in me.

What if any techniques do you use to keep yourself on track in your life? Any tips for me?

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  1. DO IT!!! because you will feel better about yourself and life...worth the effort.

  2. No tips from me. About the only thing I have sticktoitiveness with, is a grudge. I'm like a dog with a bone. See, I'm no help at all. LOL!

  3. I like your word and I think both things you want to "stick to" are good goals. One thing that helped me get back into reading was signing up to do book reviews on my blog; it made me concentrate on getting a book done in a certain period of time (they don't tell you how long, but you don't want to hold onto a book for a few months, LOL). That helped get me reading again not just blogs and then after I got back into the habit of setting time aside daily for reading, then I do the occasional review now and then just if something interests me that's available to read.

    Treadmill. Start slow but consistently. Don't go for something that is not doable, like an hour at a time. Start with 10-15 minutes 5 times a week. But make the effort to do that small amount those 5 days. You'll start feeling better physically and you will want to increase the time.

    You can stick to this indeed!


  4. I LOVE the idea of a theme for the year! I will be thinking about that notion this year - and stidcktoitiveness? good one! I tend to be compulsive about such things - exercise, for example. I'm not sure that compulsiveness is a good thing b/c it can make me unreasonable - as in, getting up too early so as to ensure that I have time to get my one hour workout done, NO MATTER WHAT. Not good. But, on that note, I would say that putting exercise at the top of the day has been good for me - if I say I will do it after work, for example, well, when "after work" gets here, I am often too fried to pull it off - easier to let it go. DO that 10 to 15 minute workout the first thing in the morning and feel that accomplishment for the rest of the day.
    I think you just need to find the right novels! My sister gave me a novel for Christmas and I am so sad that I am going to finish it today - it is so good. I am involved with the three main characters. They have become important to me and I don't want to let them go. That's when you know you have a good novel. This one is called Heft (by Liz Moore) - very readable. I have a million other suggestions for novels so let me know if you want more. :)

  5. Good idea and great 'word' too! I like the idea of having a regular time period in which to read books. I always leave that time to bedtime. I usually fall asleep!
    Have a great weekend Jen.

  6. I love your word--maybe because it's so close to the one I've chosen ("driven"). I also have a tendency to let things slip (reading and exercise included).

    One thing I am trying is to get up earlier--before anybody else in the house--to read/pray. It's been hit and miss but I've definitely gotten more reading/prayer time in since trying this strategy. I am also hoping to add in exercise on the treadmill to the mix soon. If I am going to have the time/energy, it's going to have to be in the am because once the day starts, it's on!

  7. You picked a great word! I'd like to read more as well. Just for fun.

    Good luck Jen!

  8. I cannot help with the exercise as I hate it. I am going to go swimming again once the weather is less cold. I read all the time I have an upstairs book and a downstairs book and a kindle ,in fact.. read my new blogpost I posted it a few minutes ago..lol


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