My first post of last year was entitled "Less." My hopes were for less worry, less clutter and less weight. In some ways I've been successful and in some ways, less successful. My best accomplishment has been in the area of weight. After some false starts I got serious about healthier eating and came very close to my goal of losing twenty pounds. Very close and I am quite pleased. I feel better and my knees ache less. My blood work is better and I am wearing clothes I haven't been able to wear in years. With two work friends I am continuing at Weight Watchers and had my best holiday eating season. My goal for 2011 is to lose twenty more pounds and I am very optimistic that I will do this.
I have had some success with clutter, especially in clearing cabinets and closets. These areas are under control and each month I do a quick inventory and prepare a bag of clothes or "things" for donation. The great remaining culprit is paper. I've done better with throwing out magazines and unneeded papers, but I am nowhere near where I want to be. Keeping up with this is still a goal for this year.
Worry...My least successful area. The work situation is still difficult and events of the year became more complicated, not less so, and I worried and fretted. If worry could be turned to energy I think I could have provided light for the entire city of Boston. Not enough for New York, but still enough to keep a good sized city in light for a long time. My only consolation is that I didn't turn to food to ease my anxieties, which is a positive change in behavior.
Last year I wanted less and this year I still do. But I also want more. I want more prayer and less worry. I want less weight and more vegetables and exercise. I want more time with friends and family, more time reading and at museums and more laughter. Definitely more laughter!
What are the things that you want more of in the year to come?