Thursday, January 18, 2007

Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen Things I will do this year

1. I am going to work harder at my photography. I am going to put in more time, more practice. I am going to pick up my camera more often. I am going to feed the creative side of me that I’ve been ignoring because it was too painful to explore.

2. I am going to explore more things around me. I am moving to a new town in a few months and I am so excited about the possibilities it offers. There are some amazing malls around us, there are awesome parks, St. Louis is less than an hour away from there. I am going to get out and do more, have more fun, laugh more.

3. I am going to let go of all the demons from my past. It is time to stop allowing them to cripple me and hurt me and control and ruin my life. It is time I stood up and took full responsibility for all aspects of my life.

4. I am going to try very hard to stay connected more to my family. We are spread out over several states and it’s easy to not stay in touch with them. It’s also really easy to send an email, or make a phone call too. They are worth the effort, and the time.

5. I am going to read more books this year, and not just the fluff and stuff books that I love to read. I have a lot of books that I really should read, or I want to read but have never gotten around to reading them because, well, they’re not stories, they are self help, they are inspirational, they are improvement, change your life kind of books.

6. I am going to listen more to my heart, to my instincts, to my higher power, and follow where they lead, instead of where I want things to go. When I try to take the wheel of my life, I always run it squarely into a brick wall. There is always carnage and bodies and a bloody mess left in my wake. Let someone else drive for a while.

7. I am going to laugh more, and play more, and have more fun with my kids. We are moving to get away from the drama of my life, and if there is less drama, there has to be more fun and laughter.

8. I am going to go to at least 1 NASCAR race this year, and hopefully I will go to more than one. I am also going to take in at least one Cardinal’s Baseball game (Third year in a row, if I make it).

9. I am going to embrace life. Looking back at where I’ve been and where I am now, I am damn proud of the things I’ve survived and the place I am. I know that I am not done, and I will only get better, grow stronger, learn more. I have survived a lot of things. I’ve walked through the valley of the shadow of death. The key word there, is through, not into, but through.

10. I am going to accept things as they are instead of hoping they would change. It is what it is, nothing more, nothing less. Accept it.

11. I guess I am going to have to gain that dreaded 5 (actually 7) pounds, not because he wants me to, but because it’s the healthy thing to do. Then I guess I am going to have to make friends with those damn 5 (7) pounds. ARG!

12. I am going to try to be a better person. Forgive The Slug for all he’s done, (he can’t help it, he is what he is, and we all have our opinion of what that is) and move on.

13. I am going to get rid of all the baggage in my life. If it’s not working for me, if it’s holding me back, slowing me down, keeping me from being all that I can be, then it’s out of here. Junk, baggage, things, people, beliefs, everything holding me down, is gone.

Links to other Thursday Thirteens!
(leave your link in comments, I’ll add you here!)
1. Chickadee
2. Sweet Kitty
3. JohnH985
4. Rashenbo

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Chickadee said...

I live in St. Louis...Missourah is a wonderful state.

I like #6...that is one thing that I try to do, but it's easier said than done some days.

My 13 are up.

Sweet Kitty said...

Great list. I hope you'll get that all done.

I'm up too. Please visit my blog and have fun.

Happy TT,
I will excercise for comments!

JohnH985 said...

Great list and I hope it all works out for you.

My 13 are up.

Rashenbo said...

I'm wishing you the best of luck with your list!!! :) It sounds like you really have made some good choices to better your life :D

Raggedy said...

Great list!
I like the GOING TO! It sounds strong.
My hope and wish for you is that you are able to get it all done.
Thanks for visiting my TT.
Have a wonderful Thursday!
Happy TT'ing!

Racy Li said...

What a wonderful inspiring list! Good luck in all you do. And really, don't let the past haunt you. Have you ever seen the musical/movie "Rent"?

Forget regret
What life is yours to live
No other way
No other day
No day but today!

Janie Hickok Siess, Esq. said...

Very ambitious! I hope you accomplish it all.

My list is posted. :-)