“New Year? New You?”: Happy New Year!

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I thought I’d get a jump on wishing you all a Happy New Year. As you know, I totally biffed the 2020 Christmas greetings. Like a 48 year old former skateboard champion that is fat and out of shape; I crashed and burned on the halfpipe of life and forgot to really doing a nice holiday greetings to my dear readers. I can feel your disappointment.

Now I’m trying to make amends for my lack of enthusiasm during the holidays with this blog post. As you all know, I have already discussed in a previous post how I don’t belief in New Year’s Resolutions for myself. However, I’m still here to help you because we all know that YOU really need help.

My wonderful attitude of helping others may have brushed off onto my daughter and that is going to be a problem for me. She is set on making New Year’s resolutions and making new goals for everyone (which includes me). Jeez, if you thought I was annoying with my life coaching, you should meet her. I can’t help every former Boeing employee find their own direction and purpose in their retired life, but I can help the one slacker I know in Arizona with my worthless advice. (Poor bastard is adrift…he’s lucky to have me.)

My daughter has adopted that awesome Life Coach attitude but her focus is ME. I’m in trouble.

She wants me to exercise more (I’m already doing that), she wants me to do positive affirmations and tell myself I’m young and healthy (I’m not), and to limit my alcohol intake (I’ve run out of whiskey so that won’t be a problem).

All noble goals to be taken seriously. And you know how serious I am.

However, using New Year’s as an excuse to create a reason to be better is a foolish endeavor. You should always be trying to improve yourself throughout the year. Why wait for this special day? And on top of all this, you end up failing and the next thing you know, January is the month of all your personal failures. Ew. No thanks. If I’m going to fail, it is going to be a year round event! Why limit it to a single month? I want to be a failure all the time.

Enjoy your private New Year’s Eve Party at home and think of all the things you aren’t going to change because it is a New Year. Instead, think of all the things you will be improving throughout the year. And when you fail, that is OK, you’ll still have eleven other months to try again and fail again.


Pandemic Christmas, New Year’s Resolutions, and More!

You would think that I (as an amazing blogger, writer, photographer, handyman, life coach, etc.) would have accomplished so much over the past 8-9 months since the COVID pandemic has started. Together, we have been enduring the COVID pandemic since March. And right now, as I look back, reflect, remember and analyze my choices, I really just think “Oops…I wasted some time over the past 9 months!”

Then, from the bottomless pit of despair, I remember that I did manage to read a lot of good books (Thanks e-readers) and my custom hot tub is operational (but not complete). You can’t win them all but at least I can now read a book in my hot tub.

Let’s look back at what I didn’t do, shall we? I didn’t rebuild my photography website, I didn’t shop for Christmas gifts, and I didn’t learn a new language. But again, I did enjoy the good summer weather, and I squeezed in some safe travel. I personally like social distancing because I hate people. I don’t hate them in an evil Bond villain way…I just dislike crowds. So the less people I see, the better. Makes me sound like a Grinch, doesn’t it?

Photo by ExposureToday from Pixabay

So now we have come down to Christmas and I didn’t do any shopping. Luckily, my wife took over those duties a great many years ago. I have to thank her for that. I hate buying presents unless someone has told me what to buy. Thank goodness for gift cards.

Image by Ryan McGuire from Pixabay

“Dreams are just goals without a deadline.”

This would be a great time to reflect on what I can do in 2021. I’m not making any New Year’s resolutions because that would be simply ridiculous. Everyone knows that I’d fail at that simple assignment. My commitment to you and myself: No New Year’s Resolutions for Me! However, that won’t stop me from making resolutions for YOU to follow. I mean, look at you. You are a mess and definitely need my life coach skills.

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