As I've said before I don't do New Year's Resolutions, they're just made to be broken after all. But I do have goals, things that I want to achieve. I like to have goals, they give me a purpose and besides, I always seem to be working towards something; it's what makes me tick.
To me the New Year is always a great opportunity to start afresh. All those unfinished thoughts, projects, goals and things to do that never got done but can be re-visited, or re-created. No need to feel as if you've under-achieved, just start afresh.
I'm a tad late to the New Start this year but, it's never too late to begin anew and besides, you can't really do so until school is back now, can you?!
My goals for 2014 are a mix of things that will keep me going for the whole 12 months. I have drawn up a definitive list of these goals, for to put them in writing gives them some importance in my head and therefore a possibility of achievement.
Of course the usual weight-loss and re-rejuvenated commitment to exercise, and other lifestyle changes, features - I did it before and I will do it again. Some interesting (to me) knitting and crochet projects also features as does some family orientated goals and an intention to continue my involvement in Social Media..... and in some meetings that may lead a new and very interesting project indeed!
Underpinning all of the above is a re-visited determination (and a plan) to be more organised on a daily basis, for this clears my oft muddled head and ultimately makes life easier.
One final goal is something that started last year and that social networking, and an unexpected event, has assisted me with; re-connecting with extended family that I'd lost touch with.
Among my re-connections is the re-location of a cousin in the UK and a determination to find another.
As we grow older families, especially large ones, do tend to drift apart. That's life, sometimes assisted by disagreements it must be said, but life is too short.
Sadly, this particular goal of mine got a bit of an unexpected boost with the funeral of my uncle 2 days ago. I was very sad to hear of his passing (and that of another uncle too) and although I didn't get to re-connect with him before he died I did get to reconnect with his children. The little bit of blue sky in an otherwise sad day.
My uncle was a hard working and devoted family man who was hugely involved in construction and Karate, where he achieved the esteemed title of Senior Grand Master, and who left behind a legacy steeped in these involvements of his. The 'legacy' he'd be most proud of however, is his lovely family who did him very proud on the day, especially his eldest son who gave a very moving eulogy.
One of his construction legacies stands proud in our back garden. Not knowing me as the desperate housewife I was to become, he once slagged me that I'd be like his (late) wife and have a vase of flowers in both windows.
As you can see that wasn't to be..... and I shudder to think of his thoughts if he saw the inside!
So now, at the very top of my 2014 goals is my plan to honour his prediction this summer - in my own way.
May he rest peacefully and be remembered fondly.