Sunday, December 30, 2007

New Resolve

I usually use my Monday Mission posts to try my hand at humor. I take the blog style and do something a little out of the ordinary for me. And nearly always funny. Or at least... hopefully.

But today my style suggestion is New Year's Resolutions. And I could do something funny, like the resolutions of my new cat (leave hair on all articles of clothing, meow meaningfully at humans then lead them to the wall, lull them into complacency so they will keep me...) or even resolutions of The May Queen (get as tall as Daddy, eat a dessert the size of my head...)

But I am actually going to make some New Year's Resolutions.

And this is momentous, because I never make them. Really. I think I might have been in High School the last time I made resolutions.

And they are THEMED resolutions. Because who doesn't love a good theme? They are things I have wanted to do for quite some time, but haven't, for various reasons and excuses.

The theme is JOURNALING.

I resolve to keep THREE JOURNALS

1 - a Food log - everything I eat and drink
2 - a gratitude journal - everyday at least one thing I am grateful for
3 - a prayer journal - to help me with the discipline of prayer (I am pretty loosey goosey about this, and would like to be better) and to also give me a chance to look back and see the fruits of my prayers.
(journals 2 and 3 might actually be combined, as I plan to offer thanks for the things I'm grateful for...)

And will I write about these things on this journal, my blog? Maybe, we'll see. Probably. Because clearly I don't need to resolve to keep this up. I'm addicted, and plan to keep boring you for quite some time.

So? Got a post in the Style of New Year's Resolutions? They don't have to be yours. Put it in the Link below.

ACK! Mister Linky, my nifty widget provider that lets me do the cool links on the page appears to be down. ack. OK. drop me a line in the comments if you do a post, and I'll try to get links into this post, but I have friends in town so I make ZERO promises about that. So... the rest of you... check out the comments to find others who are partaking in the Monday Missions.


New Missions for a New Year
(or at least a new month)
Write a post in the following style on these Mondays:
1/7- Thank You Letter
1/14- Movie Synopsis
1/21- Product Description
1/28- Children's book or poem


thailandchani said...

I'll be interested in reading the thank you letters. I might even give that one a try. :)

Loralee Choate said...


Holy cow, woman! I can barely manage one blog!

I bow to you.

carrie said...

You're amazing.

Happy New Year to You! :)

the dragonfly said...

I just posted mine!! I have no idea how to make a link in the comments, but I can put the address here and you can cut and paste....

It's all long...I hope it doesn't screw things up. Sorry!

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Anonymous said...

The food log seems the hardest. I do a reverse take on that and write down everything I'm supposed to eat, to ensure I'm getting balanced nutrition.

Happy New Year.

Julie Pippert said...

I like the underlying theme to your resolutions...about living mindfully.

I am all torn in a thousand directions about whether to post today and about what. But it's on my mind.

Using My Words

the dragonfly said...

I meant to write this before, but I was thinking too much about not being able to do a link. :)

I've been thinking about keeping a food log. It might shed some light on my migraines.

And I'm very impressed with wanting to keep three journals. Since the Little Mister, I have trouble keeping up with one!

Mad Hatter said... can help you with the food journal just in case you're interested.

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

I loved the cat and May Queen resolutions! And yours are wonderful. It's always good to remind yourself in those areas each day. BTW... there's great FREE food journaling software (a place to journal everything) on - you might want to check it out. I use it every day.

soccer mom in denial said...

Do you mean paper journals? Wow. For some reason the only journal I could maintain is the blog.

Happy New Year.

Luisa Perkins said...

Great resolutions! I look forward to reading about your progress.

BipolarLawyerCook said...

I really like my gratitude journal. It's small, so I can carry it in my bag. Better to have lots of small ones than a big one I don't update as the moment strikes.

Anonymous said...

Three journals... How very 19th century of you...


niobe said...

Wow. I'm impressed. Good idea to combine 2 and 3.

ewe are here said...

Wow, three journals?

I have trouble just keeping up with my one (ze blog).

I wish you much luck in keeping your resolutions.

Happy New Year to you and yours.It's been lovely getting to know you. :-)

Jennifer said...

I've kept a gratitude journal, off and on. I should switch the currently "Off" setting back to "On" with you. When I've kept it up, it's amazingly powerful.

Amy Y said...

I vote using the blog as your journal... Well maybe not the food one ~ not that we wouldn't want to read it... but still. Kinda weird. :)

I haven't made a resolution in... years either. Not sure how long actually. I find things to change about myself all year long and try to implement them but maybe something more organized like this might actually get something done around here? By here I mean my house, not yours. Just to clarify.

Anyway, Happy New Year!
And good luck!

Sarcasta-Mom said...

Great resolutions! You inspired me to write mine out as well. Here's my link:

Maybe I'll think about doing similar journals as well, especially the food one if I'm going to try to soose weight this year.....

Beck said...

I am totally going to copy you - I love all three ideas. The food log, not so much, but still. Genius.

alejna said...

Good for you! Best of luck in your journaling.

As for me, I intended to write at least one resolution for this, but I just couldn't muster the energy. (I'm still recovering from holiday travel and jetlag.) Perhaps my resolution should be to make some resolutions in a timely manner. I may well manage some late resolutions for 2008. Late seems to be my pattern. (Actually, last year I was terribly amused with myself for writing some retroactive 2006 resolutions.)

Badness Jones said...

Sounds like a great resolution, PM. We could all do with a little more gratitude, a little more prayer...and a little less pie, which I'm assuming ties into the food journal!

Happy New Year!

Family Adventure said...

Great resolutions. Especially the gratitude one. Brilliant. Good luck with all three of them.


Jen M. said...

I am all over resolutions. Even if we only get a few done, it is more than what we started with.

Happy New Year!!

Rima said...

Happy New Year, PM! Sounds like you'll be doing a lot of writing this year. I'm looking forward to it!

Kyla said...

No resolutions here...just the hope that maybe this year we will have NO hospital stays. Finger crossed! LOL.

Kathryn said...

Three journals? Man! You are ambitious.
If I would keep a food journal I don't know if I would ever stop writing. Scary.
Good luck, and Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

I have often pondered the idea of a prayer journal. I carry so many of them around in my head all day, and by the time night comes, I'm so tired I fall asleep during my prayers -- and then I can't keep it all straight. I'm with Beck -- I am so copying you, but not with the food.

I am so excited about the Monday Mission for 1/7. I dreamed one up on the drive home from the lake, and now it has a purpose!