Monday, January 06, 2014

Welcome to the new year

I am 100% a resolution maker and honestly usually keeper.  Sure there are times when I don't keep ALL of the resolutions I make but usually if I have it in my head to do three things I'll accomplish at least one of them.  Last year the one I did manage to successfully complete was a complete reading of the Bible.  I had never done it before but I am happy to report I will never again have to say - I've never read the whole Bible.  Cover to cover - check.  Parts of it were great.  Parts of it were really tough.  I don't think it would be much of an accomplishment if it wasn't difficult at times.

One year I decided to become a triathlete - check.

One year I decided to go to one movie in the theatre every month for a whole year - check.

This year I wasn't sure I would make any resolutions but then I decided I had to. 

The day after Christmas I spent almost the entire day at the spa.  I had a soak, a facial AND a massage.  I used the gym before and had a good work out and I spent more than two hours after my treatments enjoying the view of the lake with my book and the wine they continued to bring me as I sat there.  It was wonderful.

I've decided 2014 is going to be a year where I am intentional about doing things that make me happy.  Now before you think - wow, selfish - let me go a little further.  When I was in my second year of law school, as stated above, I decided to go to a movie once a month in the theatre.  I love going to the movies but I'm not very good about going almost unless I put it on my "to do list".  The other issue is that I don't like going to the movies by myself.  So as I went round and round about whether this was something I really wanted to do this year I decided it would be a way to spend some time with a friend or two every month.  Why not be intentional about asking a friend to go see a movie once a month?  There is something bonding about going to a movie and talking about it, so I decided it will be an excuse, once a month, to have a date with a different movie going friend.  I know some people aren't really movie goers so it won't be up everyone's alley but for a good amount of my friends they would be just as happy as I would be to have an excuse to go.

For those who aren't movie goers, don't worry, I have a solution.  The second thing I thought about that makes me happy is going out to eat breakfast.  I thought to myself, what if I went to breakfast once a month with a different friend - my treat of course - and spent some very intentional time with that person over a cup of hot coffee and some greasy hash browns?  There are a lot of restaurants in Spokane that are known for their breakfast.  It seemed like a good opportunity to reach out to different people during the year for a meal which might not be rushed and one that is often neglected.

So that's it.  Those are the two things I resolve to do in 2014.  Breakfast out and movies. Bree helped me check off the movie for January this weekend.  My first breakfast date is looming on the horizon; unbeknownst to the person I will be sharing it with.  It seems like 2014 is going to be a good year.