Wednesday, January 1, 2014

New Year's resolutions

I've always been a big fan of New Years because I love writing resolutions. I love the feeling of starting a new year with new goals and aspirations. Over the past year, however, I've discovered that I need something more than New Year resolutions. While they are inspirational, if I don't make a detailed plan of how I am going to accomplish each resolution, I fail. I forget. I get derailed.

This year I'm going to do something different. I'm not making any New Year's resolutions. Instead, I'm going to focus on just two things.

Bring my daughter home.

Finish all of the half completed projects around the house before we travel to Taiwan.

That's it.

I get excited about projects, work on them for awhile, and then neglect them. As a result, I have at least a half dozen projects in various states of completion. A homemaker's schedule. Several knitting projects. Two quilts. A recipe book.

There are probably a few other things as well. Over the next week, I'm going to walk around my house and poke into all of the bags and notebooks to find out what has been started but not completed. When our daughter comes home, I probably won't have time for personal projects. We will be spending all of our time and energy helping her learn what it's like to live in a family, teaching her English, and determining her education level. I'm sure we'll be busy.

Maybe, in a way, I do have a New Year's resolution - to go to Taiwan without any loose ends plaguing me. As I have no idea when we're traveling, I don't know how much time I have to complete everything. It will be at least six months but hopefully less than a year. I'd better get busy!


Jason and Michelle said...

When you are able to bring your daughter home, are you going to homeschool or are you going to put her in public school?

Solrun said...

I love making resolutions too! It's exiting to hear about your adoption, all the best of luck in the new year, here's my resolutions:

Julie Fukuda said...

One focus word is enough for me, but I do hope to throw something out every day. There is too much stuff we never use, taking up room. I will start with the boxes that came here when we moved back that have never yet been opened. Honestly, six years and not even looked at??? Gotta go!