Resolutions-vs-Goals: Plus…Play It Forward

AUTHOR: | POSTED: January 1, 2013 | COMMENTS: 10 Comments
CATEGORIES:

Carolyn Savage

Ringing in a New Year always is a labor of love for me.  After the busy-ness for the Christmas holiday is over, and I can finally relax, it seems that the pressure to figure out a way to celebrate the birth of a New Year always looms over my head as if I was a social director without a plan.  (I guess I am kind of the social director, and when it comes to New Year’s Eve, I usually don’t have a plan until after December 25th.)

I mean…how could any mother plan a dazzling New Year’s in the midst of pulling off a Christmas miracle.

DSC_0022

That’s one darn cute Christmas elf!

 

Christmas Eve...all dressed up.  Are you impressed?  You should be!

Christmas Eve…all dressed up. Are you impressed? You should be!

Unwrapping mayhem.

Unwrapping mayhem.

Grandma Linda and Papa...our house guests.

Grandma Linda and Papa…our house guests.

Christmas morning.  The anticipation!

Christmas morning. The anticipation!

 

Christmas Dinner

Christmas Dinner

Tired baby!

Tired baby!

 

In the past, we’ve always celebrated New Year’s with family friends.  We’d bring our kids, eat appetizers, break open a piñata, and watch the ball drop in someone else’s living room.  This year was different, because the normal players of our annual shindig were not around.

That left Sean and I scrambling a bit.  And the pressure…the pressure to do something meaningful and fun.

Then it hit me.

How about we celebrate with one other couple at an early dinner out, and then a night in front of the fire…all alone.  After all, our boys had other plans, the little girls were in bed.  When do we ever get to sit in our own living room, watch a movie, alone?

Never.

So, plans were hatched that allowed Sean and I to be discussing our goals for 2013, by 10:00 pm…all alone.

That’s when we decided resolutions were truly better titled “goals”.  What is it that we want to accomplish in 2013?  Where’s our focus going to lie?  What kind of person do I want to be in 2013?

Lofty philosophizing followed and this is what I came up with…

To be a better person than I was in 2012; To learn from everyone I encounter (even those that don’t want to encounter me); To treat others with kindness remembering that everyone is fighting some kind of battle; To love deeply, laugh often, and walk with gratitude; And…most importantly…to soak up every precious moment of life.

Then our conversation turned more practical, and these goals are what I came up with…

To keep my car cleaner; to eat more green leafy vegetables; to get my eyes checked and start wearing some much needed glasses; to learn Pilates; to schedule more outings with my girlfriends; and, most importantly, to purge some stuff from this house before it explodes.

The first “lofty list” is more of a philosophy of life.  The second “practical list” is more of an attempt to get my sh*t together.  I’m going to try and balance both.

Wish me luck.

Happy New Year!

DSC_0003

***********

Play It Forward – Toledo

My first “practical list” activity is actually occurring this upcoming Saturday at an awesome event called Play It Forward Toledo.  As many of you already know, January is a huge organizing, purging month (hence all of the organizational tubs in the center aisles of your favorite big box store).  So many of us were fortunate to welcome new toys into our homes compliments of Santa.  What Santa didn’t leave, however, was an addition to store all these plastic havens of fun.  So…some have to go.

That’s where Play It Forward Toledo comes in.

This event is a used toy collection this upcoming Saturday, January 5th at The Town Center of Levis Commons.  Between 12:00 and 5:00 pm, you can drop off your gently used but no longer loved toys in front of Rave Motion Pictures.  The toys will be cleaned and sanitized and then distributed to local Toledo kids who weren’t as blessed this past holiday season.

What a great event.

For those of you not local to Toledo, please consider donating your old toys at this time.  It’s unbelievable how appreciated these little gems are in the lives of..well…some very special little gems!

For more information about Play It Forward click on the link here.

 

 

 

 

 

10 Comments on “ Resolutions-vs-Goals: Plus…Play It Forward ”

  • Teri | January 2nd, 2013 11:53 am

    I think your lists sound very easy to achieve. It’s not like you’re trying for world peace or a cure for cancer. I think we can ALL tackle the stuff you’ve listed and in turn, make things nicer for everyone around us. :)

    Play it Forward sounds like an awesome idea!

    Happy New Year to you and your beautiful family, Carolyn!

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  • Nikki Zilinsky (Facebook Comment) | January 4th, 2013 8:44 pm

    I’m usually not a resolution maker, but I love this, Carolyn, and I will try my best to keep it. Thank you for sharing

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  • Susan MacDonald McNamara (Facebook Comment) | January 4th, 2013 8:45 pm

    So beautiful, your words and sweet MK. Happy New Year!

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  • Susan Mermer Miller (Facebook Comment) | January 4th, 2013 8:45 pm

    love….

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  • Beth Austin DeFilippis (Facebook Comment) | January 4th, 2013 8:46 pm

    She us such a little you

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  • Niki Schultz-Shadle (Facebook Comment) | January 4th, 2013 8:46 pm

    .Niki Schultz-Shadle Beaytiful Picture and sentiments!

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  • Lynda Crossman (Facebook Comment) | January 4th, 2013 8:47 pm

    HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU AND YOURS…. ENJOY!!

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  • Heather Ivan Nieman (Facebook Comment) | January 4th, 2013 8:47 pm

    Beautiful words, and beautiful pic! Happy New Year to you and your precious family

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  • Tom Bailie (Facebook Comment) | January 4th, 2013 8:48 pm

    Happy New Year to your family! Beautiful picture of Mary Kate. We watched the movie “The Way” and loved it. One of our neighbor’s friend, did the pilgrimage and loved it – took her 6 weeks and she got a lot of blisters along the way

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  • Angela Bonner (Facebook Comment) | January 4th, 2013 8:48 pm

    Great resolutions and beautiful picture of Mary Kate!

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Your Comments are Welcome!


+ 7 = sixteen