Well, it’s time to get used to typing and writing "2012."
If you haven’t, it is also time to think about your resolutions for the New Year. I write my resolutions down each year in my day planner, so I decided to look back and see how I did.
• Lose 15 pounds was first on the list.
Well, I did do that. But as one of my friends said, some of the pounds found me again.
Does that count as a success? I think not.
Why oh why is weight so easy to gain, but so difficult to lose? I do realize that experts tell us our metabolisms slow as we age. What a bad way to remind us that we are getting older.
I plan on amending this resolution to read, "Lose 15 pounds and keep it off." I hope that adds an element of permanency to my goal.
• Second on last year’s list was to finish my cookbook. Fail.
Yes, I could blame the fact that I am so busy. But as my wise mother always says, we make time for what is important to us.
I kind of hate it that she is always right, but hopefully my children will say that about me one day. Currently, they don’t. But I digress.
Anyway, I met a reader named Margarie recently, and she pulled me aside and asked when my cookbook was coming out. She said she has a box with a bunch of my recipes clipped out of the newspaper and, frankly, she wanted them in one spot.
A book. I felt like she was giving me the motivation I needed. So, that is back on the resolution list. This time I am inspired. Thanks, once again, to my wonderful readers, family and friends.
• Third on the list from last year was to exercise more. I love how I amended it from previous years when I was more specific.
I used to write, "exercise four times a week." When I was younger I wrote, "exercise daily."
Over the years it got whittled down until last year it was just a pathetic "exercise more."
Well, I guess I could put that in the "achieved’ column. I did exercise "more" than not at all. This year I plan on being more specific.
• Fourth on the list is a bit embarrassing. Clean out and organize the attic. This is embarrassing because it makes the list every year and I never even attempt it.
My excuses usually involve the weather. Oh, when it warms up, I am definitely getting up there and cleaning it out. Whew.
When it is not so hot, I will absolutely get up there and get busy. Ridiculous.
Who am I kidding? We could move from our home and leave everything and probably not miss what all is up there, except for four things.
I put together what I call a "baby box" when our children were quite young. I put their favorite keepsakes and christening outfits in a box, labeled them, and put them in the attic.
The rest of the stuff (and that is a nice word) that is up there is definitely junk.
This year I think I am going to leave the attic off of the list and replace it with cleaning out the storage room in the basement. At least I cannot use the climate as an excuse for that project.
I think I have gone on enough about my resolutions.
My friend Beth said she refuses to make resolutions at all — that way she isn’t disappointed with herself.
While that’s a good point, I am a fairly goal-driven person who needs to see the words on paper.
This year, I’m going to not only make my resolutions but will map out a timeline or schedule for each one.
Why not join me in making 2012 a productive year?
My wish is for all of you and all of your loved ones to have a safe, blessed and wonderful new year.
Adlen Robinson is author of "Home Matters: The Guide to Organizing Your Life and Home." E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.