Happy New Year! Do you have New Year's resolutions? I usually don't make them because I don't usually keep them. The best way for me to keep New Year's resolutions is for me to keep them to myself! I've said this before...if no one knows what my personal resolutions are for the New Year, then they cannot know if I failed or succeeded in the quest for change. I do not like to fail really but, if only I am aware of my failures, it's seems easier to me. Sounds like a plan.
I am all about new things. Right now I am in the market for a new sofa, but am having a hard time making up my mind. Maybe it's because I'm a cheap-o when it comes to home decor. Most who know me know that I am a do-it-yourselfer, a make-do-with-the-old philosopher, a buy-it-cheap-and-make-it-better kind of person. So with everything brand new I purchase, I have two rules of thumb: don't pay full retail & make sure it's gonna work for the space & I must really love it. Actually, that's three, isn't it? But even if I buy something secondhand or used or "pre-owned" as they say, it's new to me because I make it my very own. I paint furniture, I use things for unconventional purposes, and I swap things around in my house like a crazy woman. There is a second purpose to that last thing. If I change the furniture around often, it forces me to clean behind things and clean those dust-collecting monsters I call baseboards. I am also all about dual-purpose. If things serve a dual purpose, that works really well for me. I am a master recycler at heart.
In the quest for a new sofa, I have suffered much indecision. Probably first and foremost because I am thrifty and I want the perfect sofa for less than it's really worth, but I also have limited space in my living room. A large sectional will not do. There is also not a solid wall anywhere in the room. Every wall has a doorway, a window, or a pass-through to another room. Makes finding the right sofa and the right way to place that sofa a challenge. The hubs and I have also had differences on whether the sofa should have a recliner in it for him. Hard as I've tried, don't think that one's gonna happen. Every single sofa that has recliners is a far cry from the trendy style I want. Maybe one day he'll have the much-coveted man cave, and he can fill it with recliners, bigger and bigger TV screens and an overhead fan that'll knock him off his perch on high speed. Pure man-cave joy. But for now, we have just the one space and it is the first thing we seen in the morning when we're having our coffee and pretty much the last thing we see at night as we end our evening with a couple of reruns of King of Queens. The common living space has to please me and make me feel happy. I am all about happy.
So back to the new year. We all want change in our lives. If you are one of the few that says life is perfect, then I know a New Year's resolution for you: Stop Lying! I don't know one person who is not in need of some kind of change. Whether it's a personal goal like weight loss, a family goal such as getting out of debt, or a business change of some sort, change can motivate us to move forward, to grow, to increase in knowledge and life-experience, and to just be happier. Change is not always easy, but change I believe is almost always possible. What changes do you want to see in the new year? I challenge you to write down those changes you desire, seek out those who can help you make needed change, and then thrust yourself into it headfirst. When you really make up your mind to focus on change, accountability is a must and the simple act of just beginning is crucial. Nothing can change if you don't take the first step.
As for me, I'll file my New Year's resolutions where they belong...quietly in the folder labeled Possibilities in my mind. And, hopefully somewhere in the early months of 2016, I will pull that file, look at those hopes and dreams and look them square in the face. But first I have more important business to take care of and that is finding the perfect sofa! Shallow? Perhaps. Necessary? Absolutely.
To you and yours, I wish the very best of everything in 2016, but mostly for a life of peace, love, and tiny little joys...
And, btw, hope you like Lifethoughts' new look for 2016. My web designer says I need more pictures. So, being the photographer that I am at heart, that works for me. Many more pictures to follow...
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