Saturday, January 2, 2010


To me, September feels much more like the new year than January 1, thought there's no descending ball to back me up here. In any event, I resolve:
- to take more chances (inspired by the fearless Julia Child)
- to take better care of my physical self
- to be kinder to myself
- to finish more of what I start, but not just for the sake of finishing. Although, thinking about it I think I need to learn to be a better quitter. Sounds funny, but I think there's something healthy, empowering, and often beyond my reach to quit things when they have become an unrewarding obligation. One of my greatest pleasures this fall and holiday was the fact that I did not run the school fundraiser that I did last year. I declined this year simply because it sucked too much of my precious time. Seems obvious, but it was a big struggle to say no. Especially because no one else picked it up so they dropped the program.

So this year, I resolve to say NO more to others and YES more to my family. That's a big one, so I might just leave it at that.

Sounds like some goofy manifesto from a Nike ad. I should resolve to spend less time on the computer, but let's not get crazy.

Enjoy day 2 of 2010.


Tara Thayer said...

perfect, jill. i'm right with you on this.
and don't look back about the school fundraiser. i'm sure you (like i) have put your time in.
happy new year. best wishes, tara

Amy said...

I was thinking this exact thing yesterday when I was counting how many overdue blocks I owe people in swaps that I over-committed to last year.

Good luck with your resolutions and please let me help with the quilting one!

Elizabeth said...

Finishing what I start. That is an excellent resolution. I think I'll adopt it!

Molly said...

I've run school fundraisers in the fall too, and it is such a crazy thankless job it seems. I ended up feeling quite futile about the results, after seeing the monies filtered to some seemingly undeserving routes.

I love what you say about being a better quitter. So true! Why should we drudge on when there are so many other wonderful things to do?

Happy New year! Let's talk soon.

Maegan Beishline said...

Those sounds like great resolutions! I especially like the one about being kinder to yourself...I think I need to add that to my list.