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No Resolutions. Just a list of things I’m glad to say good-bye to.

Mommy Perks logoEvery year I write a post about how I don’t do the Resolutions thing. I’d rather just live each day, as I believe it should be lived, learning from my mistakes and successes, as I go.

This year, as we move to a new home in the middle of a hectic time, I decided a vent post might do me well. Feel free to write your own, too. Perhaps we all need it, after a stressful 2012.

Here are ten things I’m happy to say good-by to:

1. The news that my mom has cancer. I’m glad my sisters and I have the news and we’re months beyond that, now. We can all rest a little easier knowing she’s undergoing treatment in Australia and stabilizing.

2.  Living with indecision about moving. Although I hate to leave our town, I don’t do well living in a state of limbo. I’m much better when decisions are made and I can forge ahead, based on the choices selected. I’m glad our choice is made and done and finalized.

3. Living away from my son. I was the primary caregiver for the first 12 years. He asked to move away and I agreed to let him try that out. Things haven’t gone well and I’m glad to say good-bye to my time away from him. I’ll have him back very soon…it’s been a long year.

4. Pregnancy sickness. I feel like I’ve been pregnant, on and off, for countless years now. I’m glad to be on the other side of that with four kids, my soul-mate of a husband, one dog and one fish.

5. Being snowed in or out. This is one of the few things I won’t miss from our town: the snow storms that kept us in…or out…and the money it cost to stay in a hotel or cabin.

6. The parts of my business that I didn’t enjoy. I did some soul searching this year and removed several things from my business menu. I’ve been happier and more motivated, ever since.

7. People who bring more bad to our life than good. We cut ties with a few people this year, as we were not well fitted for one another’s life journey. Getting to the point of having the courage to walk away was a turning point for Rick and I.

8. My son’s first three years. My youngest son is a non stop machine of energy. I have white hairs now. Lots of them. He will soon be more grown up and more capable of controlling his actions. I cannot WAIT for that day. The very thought of it makes me feel like breaking out in song.

9. Kardashian headlines. The number of stories run about this family has darn near pushed me into reconsidering reading as a valuable part of my life.

10. An election year. Angry and rageful people, spewing their political opinions all over anyone who disagrees with them. I’m glad to see this war of words behind us. I’ve never witnessed an angrier year in politics and I think we could all do better bringing back civil discourse. You know. How the grown-ups used to do it. Let’s repeat: “It’s okay if not everyone thinks like me. It’s okay. It’s okay. It’s okay. I can put on my big girl or big boy pants and get over it. Maybe I can even attempt to learn from someone who doesn’t already think like me.”

Good-bye 2012…bring on the new.

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14 Responses to “No Resolutions. Just a list of things I’m glad to say good-bye to.”

  1. I won’t miss the Kardashian’s either!

  2. Shara says:

    I read your post, too, a while back… same page thinking! So DONE with those stories.

  3. Ava says:

    As always love your posts!
    Good luck , may this new year be awesome!

  4. Faigie says:

    What a great twist on New Years resolutions. So much better than making a list of resolutions that stare you in the face as you don’t follow them

  5. Janet Hinz says:

    Well said! It’s a great idea to she’d the past and focus on the future. I am also passionate about civil discourse. Happy New Year!

  6. Shara says:

    Ava – Thank you – let’s hope so!

  7. Shara says:

    Faigie – Yes, I gave up on resolutions long ago. I never followed them for very long and I decided it was just better to make a choice to live a certain way, every day. :-)

  8. Shara says:

    Janet – I thought of you and my husband, with number 10. He has a degree in political science and wants to start up a site where intelligent and civil conversation can take place, between people who disagree but want to learn from one another. I should introduce you to each other!

  9. Good one Shara! I am letting go of a sense of urgency to get everything done! More breathing and less doing for 2013. Happy New Years to you and your family.

  10. Shara says:

    Thanks Lori. I need your lesson today, in the midst of moving stress. Than you! Less urgency…more breathing…

  11. marshaeps says:

    I so embrace and relate to this post. It is very touching and very open. I feel like I know you a little bit better. What I see I really like. You have inspired me to reflect upon the top things I would like to say good bye too. For the record I am also very anti-resolutions.

    Hugs to you.

  12. Sonya says:

    What a fantastic post… love marshaeps comment… “…It is very touching and very open. I feel like I know you a little bit better. What I see I really like…”

  13. Shara says:

    Marshaeps – Thank you for the kind comment. I appreciate it. Happy “no resolutions!” lol

    Sonya – Always great to see you around. Thanks for the lovely comment – I’m so glad we met last year! (online, that is)

  14. Sonya says:

    Me too, Shara. It always takes time to get the feel for people (especially online) but you are one of my favourites as you know (psst you can pay me later hehe). What I like about your writing is that you share things about your life while still showing respect for those around you. True professionalism and at the same time keeping it real so that we can relate. Hope that made sense!!!

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