Friday, January 7, 2011

It's a New Dawn...It's a New Day

Happy New Year! I'm not sure I've ever been so excited to see a year end and a new one begin.  2010 was certainly one of the toughest I've had to endure to date and 2011 promises to be one of surprises!  Each year I always try to make and keep a few resolutions.  Like most everyone I know I have the very best intentions but often find myself abandoning them by the second week .  So this year I decided to keep it simple.  I made one resolution and made sure it would be of great benefit for me to stick with it.  The amount of email I get in a day is outrageous but I have decided that I will not sleep until each and every email has been dealt with for the day.  There is something so gratifying about seeing your Inbox at 0!  So good.  Now as each new day dawns I don't feel overwhelmed and behind from the barage of emails that never stop coming.  What are you resolved to do this year?


Anonymous said...

Good resolution! I'm going to try to exercise more. (I know ... boring...)

Dee Dee Tamburrino said...

I have resolved to "reinvent myself" in 2011 because my 50th birthday is just around the corner and it was time for a change.

Because it takes 21 days to form a new habit, I had to get a jump-start on my New Year's Resolution several weeks ago.

In mid-November, I resolved to awaken at 4:30 a.m. each day of the work week and head to the gym to exercise for an hour before officially beginning my day. It was the only time I had.

I am happy to report that in "Week One" of 2011, my goal has been met. (I have seen Mrs. Szerba and Mrs. Dillard at the gym in recent weeks, but never at 5:00 a.m.)

My body-clock has been re-set and I'm learning to function on less sleep (something I did not think was possible). It's been a good start to what I anticipate will be a great year. Keep your fingers crossed for me...

Melanie Holtsman said...

To take better care of my health and to find more joy in everyday activities :)

Angela Phillips said...

Way to go Susan and Dee Dee! Those are two fantastic resolutions that I should adopt as well.

I am resolved this year to read more literature with my boys than our nightly "Book in a Bags". With Karate, Basketball and a one year old to chase across the house (on top of everything else), it's hard to find those extra minutes to read other things together, but we have been finding a way just by getting ready for bed 20 minutes earlier. Anna sits on my lap through part of the experience, but I have to find other books to entertain her with at other times as she is not yet into our chapter books......... :-)

One of our recent readings was a biography picture book of Helen Keller, which took me back to when I was a little girl. Learning about this amazing lady was such a powerful experience for me when I was young in that it taught me to take time to appreciate others who are different than me and it taught me to just be thankful for the ability to see and hear each day- things that can get taken for granted.

I have introduced my children not only to biographies of memorable people in our history, but also to the classics that I grew up with that people aren't necessarily reading anymore. When we visit the Magic Kingdom (which is a regular family occurance in my household), they don't know the stories of Cinderella, Peter Pan, and Snow White. These classics can not be missed! The list really goes on and on.

Non-fiction literature is my favorite, though, because I myself get to continue learning new things.

I am already brainstorming ideas for the book we could be reading tonight............... :-)
(Yes, I know, I am a "Math" teacher.)

Dorry Lopez said...

Here are my New Year’s Resolutions for 2011:
*Improve my mind, body, and spirit and help others.
Mind – Learn something new each day.
Body – Do something active each day.
Spirit – Meditate/Pray daily.
Help Others – Commit a random act of kindness each day.

Anonymous said...

First, I will try not to email Susan Phillips if at all possible ;-}

Second, I will try to reflect on all of the positive aspects of my life before ever even thinking about any negatives. Something about mountains and mole-hills...



dayle timmons said...

Susan that's an awesome resolution with all the e-mail that you get and one that will makes lots of people VERY happy!

I wrote about New Years resolution ( but basically my new year's resolution is to live each day of this year as a gift - to get up each morning, breath in and out thankfulness, stay in the moment and relish the journey. Happy New Year 2011!