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I’ve already decided 2017 is going to be ridiculously amazing! (Power of Positivity)

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I don’t exactly know why, but the last couple of weeks leading up to Christmas are always incredibly hectic for me. It’s not because I’m rushing around trying to find the perfect gift for everyone or plan the perfect meal or trim the perfect tree. Frankly, none of those things is really very important for me. While I have not sworn off gift-giving altogether, I have definitely sworn off making myself crazy trying to find the perfect gift. I do the best I can, and allow myself to know that’s enough. I don’t cook, so there’s no such thing as the perfect meal in my house, and that’s okay, too. No one goes hungry. As for the tree, I lobbied hard to skip the tree last year, and we compromised with a 4-foot Douglas fir.

What keeps me super busy in the days leading up to Christmas is work. Mine is not a seasonal business, at least not in connection with the holidays. But it always seems to pick up after Thanksgiving, and I find myself searching for a spare hour or two to go shopping or make plans.

This year has been no exception. Especially this week.  I’ve been running 90 miles an hour and reached the finish line in a deadline-fueled frenzy yesterday evening. That doesn’t mean I’m on vacation for the rest of the year, just that the current crisis was dealt with, and today I am off. I had a fairly detailed list of the things I was going to do when I finally crawled out from under the pile of work. It is now midday. Guess how many of those things I’ve accomplished? If you guessed “one,” you’re giving me more credit than I deserve.

Writing this post is sort of one of those things — I have a backlog of 8 planned blog posts for this month. This wasn’t one of them, but since I have spent my entire morning making, then scrapping, plans, doing a little online shopping, and generally not accomplishing anything on my to-do list, when I finally got inspired to write, I figured I’d better do it.

What inspired me was the quote above.

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I’m one of those people who actually stresses over making New Year’s Resolutions. I’m both the skeptical and realistic type, meaning I generally think of resolutions as being in the same category as astrology and conspiracy theories, while also recognizing that, for most people (including me), a planning calendar for the upcoming year could probably contain only the first two weeks of January and it would still be abandoned before it was filled.

But hope springs eternal. And so do plans and dreams and goals and milestones. Yes, losing weight is yet again on my list. But for 2017 it will also be combined with changing my habits and holding myself accountable. I will require more of myself. For anyone who knows me, that may sound crazy, since I tend to hold myself to impossible standards and make everyone around me crazy by requiring the same of them. I’m the type of person who can work 7 days a week and still think I could have done more. But the truth is, I can. I can, and will, make better use of my time. I’ll cut the waste and focus on things that matter.

Sometimes deadlines steal all my time. It’s a fact, and I have only so much control over it. Like the old serenity prayer, I will change what I can and accept the rest. But sometimes mindless and useless activities steal my time, and that’s something I can control.

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2017 will be the year of content. My ultimate goal is to be a full-time blogger living at the beach. I may not get there in 2017. But I will never get there if I’m not actively working toward it every day. “No time for blogging” should mean only one thing: I have a plateful of paying work that ultimately advances my goal to move to the beach. Ditto for “no time to take a walk.” The only reason for not taking a walk is if I am actively working a deadline. If I don’t have time to walk, I don’t have time to watch another hour of news or play another round of Word With Friends. Cold outside? I have coats and scarves and sweaters and gloves. Raining? The mall is 5 miles away.

No excuses. Because 2017 is going to be ridiculously amazing. You know how I know that? Because I’m going to make it that way.

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