2014: The Year of Renewal



Ah…those New Year’s Resolutions.  Written with vim and verve.  Enthusiasm and commitment.  Piss and vinegar.

No.  I literally write mine in piss and vinegar.  No ball point pen for me.  I’m old school.  A traditionalist.

So as Father Time completes his 2013 run and Baby New Year opens 2014, my New Year’s Resolutions, though challenging, are as follows:

1. Return Oprah’s wok.

2. I will not tell the same story at every get together.

3. I will do less laundry and use more deodorant.

4. I will try to figure out why I *really* need nine e-mail addresses.

5. I will balance my checkbook. (On my nose.)

6. Start buying lottery tickets at a luckier store.

7. Remember to brush teeth with bristly end of toothbrush.

8. Don’t eat medicine just because it looks like candy.

9. I will spend less money on buying useless stuff like this new DVD Rewinder I had ordered for Christmas.

10. I will never again take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.

11. I will stop saying,” Ooh, that feels nice” whenever the security guys frisk me at airports.

12. I promise to stick to these resolutions for more than a week (even though I never do).

Wish me luck.  I, like George Michael, have faith.

I have never been much of a New Year’s celebrant.  To me New Year’s seemshough thousands of people desperately trying to have a good time.  Most do.  And most lose their shoes.  For me New Year’s is a race to see if I can actually stay up until midnight, a race I lose more often than not.  And this year was no exception.  I was in bed by 11.30 pm.  “Just another half hour, Mark!  You can do it!”, said One Direction’s Harry Styles.

Harry 2


Alas, I could not hold not.  Every New Year’s Eve, this is what I envision the evening to be akin to..(and yes, I know I spelled victrola wrong…)…



And this is my reality…

Curlers 2


Fortunately my good friend and stone-around-my-neck, Justin Timberlake, does not judge.


Although JTs sense of humor is flagging.  The other day I asked him if we could swing by Target so I can return a gift.  “Sure”, he said in a falsetto.  Upon our arrival at the Customer Service desk the CS representative asked if she could help…”Yes, please.  We’re bringing sexy back.”

JT rolled his eyes and sighed.

I do have goals for the New Year, and they are two fold.  I have found as one grows older, (I turn 50 this month), one’s priorities shift.  I literally purchased a bleaching cream for the suddenly appearing dark spots on my skin.  I have never been hung up on age.  It is what it is.  Might as well embrace and enjoy.  With bleaching cream in tow.  My goals this year, and from each year hereafter are more in regards to personal development.

I have always been a very happy person.  Thanks to my parents who taught me happiness is a choice.  Not a result. Certainly there are things which give us temporary happiness, but to have an inner contentment, peace and joy regardless of your circumstances is a wonderful gift.  I cannot always control my circumstances, but I can control my attitude.  Oh, what a wonderful truth.  So as 2014 begins, so do I and share the following 20 things to let go of in order to reach unlimited happiness…

1. Let go of all thoughts that don’t make you feel empowered and strong.

2. Let go of feeling guilty for doing what you truly want to do.

3. Let go of the fear of the unknown; take one small step and watch the path reveal itself.

4. Let go of regrets; at one point in your life, that “whatever” was exactly what you wanted.

5. Let go of worrying; worrying is like praying for what you don’t want.

6. Let go of blaming anyone for anything; be accountable for your own life. If you don’t like something, you have two choices, accept it or change it.

7. Let go of thinking you are damaged; you matter, and the world needs you just as you are.

8. Let go of thinking your dreams are not important; always follow your heart.

9. Let go of being the “go-to person” for everyone, all the time; stop blowing yourself off and take care of yourself first … because you matter.

10. Let go of thinking everyone else is happier, more successful or better off than you. You are right where you need to be. Your journey is unfolding perfectly for you.

11. Let go of thinking there’s a right and wrong way to do things or to see the world. Enjoy the contrast and celebrate the diversity and richness of life.

12. Let go of cheating on your future with your past. It’s time to move on and tell a new story.

13. Let go of thinking you are not where you should be. You are right where you need to be to get to where you want to go, so start asking yourself where you want to go.

14. Let go of anger toward ex lovers and family. We all deserve happiness and love; just because it is over doesn’t mean the love was wrong.

15. Let go of the need to do more and be more; for today, you’ve done the best you can, and that’s enough.

16. Let go of thinking you have to know how to make it happen; we learn the way on the way.

17. Let go of your money woes — make a plan to pay off debt and focus on your abundance.

18. Let go of trying to save or change people. Everyone has her own path, and the best thing you can do is work on yourself and stop focusing on others.

19. Let go of trying to fit in and be accepted by everyone. Your uniqueness is what makes you outstanding.

20. Let go of self-hate. You are not the shape of your body or the number on the scale. Who you are matters, and the world needs you as you are. Celebrate you!

And finally, I created a “goal wall” for 2014.  This serves as a visual reminder and encouragement and provides accountability.  It’s a challenging wall, and an exciting one.  And I look forward to marking each challenge off as achieved and posting my final tally this time next year.

Meanwhile, Justin and I have work to do..

Happy New Year!



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