Dear 2009

Dear 2009,
You. Are. Mine. The last two or three years have kicked my tail but you won't. I'm not even going to give you a chance. You see, I am motivated. I am motivated to get my life together, to spend more time on what is truly important and to learn to live each day to its fullest.

Usually I make resolutions but I'm not going to do that this year. Why not you ask? Because making resolutions is really just a form of self torture. I'm an all or nothing gal and when I make a resolution I'm only setting myself up for failure. I resolve to exercise three times a week. I make it through the first week and then I only manage to get two times in the second week. I've failed and I give up. Substitute diet, quiet time, family nights, blogging, cooking, staying on a budget and reading for exercise and you'll see that I start off each and every year by planning to drive myself crazy and send myself into a deep depression. What a sick tradition!

This year I'm making some goals and creating a to do list. Basically I just want to try to keep my eye on my goal of living a simple life and putting God and my family first. The rest is just details.

Over there>>>>> on the side bar, is my list of goals and to do's. I'm not setting any "must do three times a week" mandates on myself. I'm just going to work on doing better. As long as I'm improving I'm not failing. That should keep me from sending myself into a deep dark depression by the 15th of January.

So that's it 2009. You are the year I'm going to start living the life I was meant to live!

Yours truly,


Lori - The Simple Life at Home said...

You go, girl!!!!

Kick some butt this year!

Lisa said...

Hi Mary -- 2009 will be a great year for you and your family. I haven't heard from you lately and I really hope that you are doing well with all of your goals and plans. Drop by and leave me a comment or drop me an email -- I would love to hear how you are doing.
Lisa R-P

Mary@notbefore7 said...

How is it going girl? You look all set!

Lisa said...

Hi Mary -- I got your comment about gardens, but I couldn't reply to it because your email address wasn't attached. So here is your answer, we order our seeds from Totally Tomato and Jungs. We have always had really good luck with them. We cannot plant anything until at least Memorial Day weekend in northern Wisconsin because it is too cold, but we do start our seeds growing in little pots in the house in early March. Then by the end of May we have really nice plants for outside. You might also want to check a book out from the library or Google about "Square Foot Gardening" this is great for those new to growing veggies. You can plant a lot in a small area. Hope that helps.


mer@lifeat7000feet said...

Hi Mary. Thanks for your kinds words about that post. You know, honestly, it came from a desire to be seen as real and normal and one who struggles just like everyone else.

I agree that it's easy to only tell "part of the story" on our blogs...and I just wanted people to know that that I'm so much more than what they see on my blog.

Thanks again!