I'm counting days again, as they say in recovery programs: no work emails at home, reclaiming my mornings to do things like write my column. I'm also reclaiming the evenings I am not supervising events. I have a gym membership, and I damn well plan on using it!
My overall takeaway as I was reflecting on this topic was to recognize the importance of seizing the moment to say what is on our minds: To take advantage of every opportunity to communicate our values to our children and to tell people in our lives they are loved and appreciated.
Believe that your Twitter/Facebook followers are truly your friends. Invest more time and effort in wooing, and keeping, their approval, meanwhile, dismissing the approval of actual people you've known for years.
New Year should be inspiring, breathing life into old dreams and giving birth to new ambitions. Unfortunately, people make resolutions that are not grounded in their reality. Stop giving into the latest fad or trend -- "things you need to do in 2015" or "must haves."
In honor of Janus and his namesake month, I wish you a safe, happy, and healthy time turning this corner from one year into the next. It's a corner as big or as small as you make it. It might be something as simple as tearing off a new page on a new calendar.
Allow me to explain the Mommy Exemption. It's my rule that says any person who's required to change herself on an hourly basis to keep up with growing children in a constantly changing world is already making enough resolutions.
If it's that time of the year when we search for tax write-offs for charitable donations in the year just ending, why not also make it the time to plan for the charitable "donations" you won't be able to deduct in the year ahead?
The end of the year is a time for self-reflection for many. For me, it's a time for me to take stock of what I have accomplished, think about those who made an impact on my life, those individuals lost through the year, and the items not yet achieved.
I have a feeling that if I can keep this simple resolution, I'll succeed with some of those other resolutions, too: improving relationships, feeling better, being healthier. Hey, maybe this will be the start of a new dieting craze. It sure beats cutting out carbs!
One thing we probably should do with such an elaborate gift is to break it down to what an apples to apples gift might look like if a similar "boss" or leader wanted to show holiday generosity to his employees out of his or her pocket.
As we all enjoy the holiday season, let's keep in mind what's most important in life. While I can't speak for other Baby Boomers, it's my guess that for the vast majority of us, family and friends are what count most.
Looking back, the cause of that depression was my inability to let myself take time to process major life events. Coming back from that dark place required months of work in therapy, adjusting my medications and learning how to be more honest about my feelings.
Since Babylonian times, we've been paying our respects to Janus, the two-headed, past-perusing, future-swivelling god of doorways and bridges, borders and movement, time and transitions, receptivity, transformation, and change.
Instead of creating an endless list of New Year's resolutions that I will naturally not complete -- because let's be honest, we are all way too ambitious on Jan. 1 -- I choose one word that will be my word, my way of life, for the year to come.