I have pretty much stopped making New Year’s resolutions.  They tend to be an exercise in futility for me.

But this is a favorite from 2022:

My New Year’s resolution is to be more me.  It is the only one I’m sure to keep.

Bobbi Brown

I couldn’t agree more with Bobbi, but I do have a few things on my list – being more mindful is always at the top. 

One of my friends has a ritual that resonates with me.  Instead of New Year’s resolutions, she looks at a chunk of time and sets intentions around what she wants to do and people she wants to be sure and connect with.

So, I thought about my intentions for the next six months from that lens. 

My list starts with the BIG intention, which is go to Italy as planned in May.  Next on the BIG list is a trip to Kauai in March. 

In addition, over the next six months, I would like to:

  • Hike in Pt. Defiance at least once a month
  • Spend daily time outdoors, regardless of the weather
  • Have regular IRL connections with family and friends.  On that note, I want to nourish my long-time friendships and also spend time cultivating more friends nearby
  • Take one more trip to Canada (our happy place)
  • Ride the train to Portland to spend time with our daughter
  • Read my mystery book club books; but other than that, read whatever suits my fancy (no lists)
  • See Downton Abbey: A New Era (March) in the cinema
  • Maybe learn how to knit something that isn’t a rectangle (or maybe not)
  • Have fun
  • Stay COVID free

Speaking of COVID 19, making plans during a pandemic reminds me of the old Yiddish proverb, “We plan, God laughs,” that expresses a truth I can relate to. At every stage of life I make plans, setting out where I want to go and imagining what I will be like when I have “arrived.” But things have a way of turning out not quite as I hoped or expected.


P.S. If you are into making resolutions….or even if you aren’t, please consider donating blood on a regular basis in 2022. Blood is in short supply out here and has reached emergency levels for certain blood types. Since I don’t have a spleen due to lymphoma, I am not eligible to donate. Blood transfusions were life savers for me when I was being treated for cancer.


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