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New Years Resolutions?

Do you make them? Are you making them this year? Are you like me and they will be carbon copies of last year and the year before and the year before that? ๐Ÿ˜‰

1. Eat healthier because my health is counting on it

2. Spread kindness to all I encounter

3. Manage stress thru meditation

4. Be present and be mindful so I appreciate each day

5. Treasure moments with family and friends

6. Be kind to myself and accept my own imperfections (there r a few ๐Ÿ˜œ)

Obviously these resolutions are too nebulous. So Iโ€™m going to have to work on specific objectives and actionable behaviors in order to be successful. Or not ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŒˆ

How about you?

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I never make them

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Hello and Happy New Year ๐ŸŽ†. I donโ€™t make them. I try to live right the whole year. Sometimes I donโ€™t live up to where I want to be but I try not to make a resolution because theyโ€™re hard to next to impossible to keep.

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Good for you erash ! And your perfect the way you are btw!

I don't make resolutions, as I can never keep them. IF I were to make one, it would be to walk my puppers more. ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’•

J๐ŸŒ โ„๏ธ

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I guess Iโ€™m a glutton for punishment. I make them and donโ€™t keep them either ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ

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I donโ€™t make them, and I feel like you just jinx yourself into not doing exactly what you resolved to.

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Sorry, never make them โ›ท

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I don't make them. It is a good time of year for reflection and evaluation, however. This year I looked at my cluttered sewing room and pantry and decided that I would take a small area of each and once a week just work on purging or organizing that area. I did a small area of the pantry the other day, and it was amazing how great I felt afterward.

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Great one, we have an extra bedroom that serves as my craft room & his clothing, and more golf stuff, and all of his personal towels. Golf, gym, & showers. Yes, we keep our stuff separate but he does most of the laundry. I need to make room in there for my 3rd sewing machine that he got for me as anniversary/Christmas gift ๐ŸŽ That man has more shoes than I have ever owned! Golf, cowboy, dress, and gym/runners shoes. Maybe we just need a bigger room.

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Or dub him Mr Imelda Marcos ๐Ÿ˜œ

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erash I love you just the way you are, and I agree with everyone here that I don't make any New Year's resolutions. However, I made a few last January and even wrote them down, in my quilting journal ~ 1. Write a book, 2. Lose 10 lbs., and 3. Declutter closets, pantries, linen closets. Well, 3. is done, 2. is a struggle, and 1. never happened. So, I will keep these same resolutions, and will be more specific. 1. Write and outline for a book, 2. Lose 5 lbs a month by eating less, and 3. Declutter the attic, basement, and/or the garage of my stuff. I find that with more specific, manageable and attainable goals, I might be able to achieve my goals! Hooray. I love your resolutions and your approach that there is no problem with repeating your resolutions year after year. After all, we are all works of art! Masterpieces in the making, and we are all unique that requires a little tweak every once and a while, or not!

Keep Smiling,

Carole :-D

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carolek572 I lost 30 lbs this year (5lbs every 3 months) just by eating healthy small snack type meals more often and limiting my dairy. I had been gaining 5lbs a year since my diagnosis 6 years ago (30lbs). I definitely feel better about myself now. -Kris

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kris1973 portion control might be the key for me, and exercising more! :-D

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I also put on about 30 pounds while waiting for a DX. Iโ€™ve lost 40 now that I can be a little more active and I just donโ€™t have the same appetite.

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CalfeeChick I can only handle about 1/2 of what I used to eat bc of IBS type symptoms. Limiting dairy has really helped the bloating etc. itโ€™s a bummer tho bc cheese is my favorite food! I saw my primary & had full labs which all were normal just as a precaution. I would rather lose than gain.

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Thank you

I was starting to feel bad about making resolutions ๐Ÿคช

Whatโ€™s ur book going to be about?

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Sorry, I wasn't sure if the question was for me. I want to write a memoir for my daughters, but I need to start the thing. The hardest part of anything is STARTING, erash :-D

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Memoir writing can be Very! Therapeutic ๐Ÿ‘

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I hope so. I have purchased one of those 'Writing Memoirs for Dummies' book! A book about how to write a book ~ only a dummy would buy, and well. :-D

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Have you ever read Mary Karrโ€™s memoirs? My fav is Cherry. (she even has one about memoir writing).

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No, I don't think so. I will look her up. Thank you for this info! :-D

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Don't feel bad about resolutions because resolutions are dreams with a plan! :-D

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I plan on making some dietary changes along with more meditation.

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I never really make'em. I just go with the flow. ๐Ÿ˜Šโค๐ŸŒท

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Not it! I canโ€™t be trusted with such great responsibilities. ๐Ÿ˜

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I just try to be the best me I can be ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ˜Š Ken ๐Ÿพ

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I generally don't make resolutions, but I am going to take some online courses in "Mindfulness." Also, I have pages of poetry that I wrote during the most painful times of my life, I'd like to organize and maybe publish. Is that a resolution?

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Those r great resolutions (or goalsโ€”however u want to phrase it ๐Ÿ˜‰)

Hmmm the online mindfulness sounds intriguing.

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My health insurance supplement offered, it. It does sound interesting and I've already completed the first section. The rest will start in February.

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Years ago I made them but then I never kept them so years back I donโ€™t even think about them.

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I don't make specific ones, I however, think about what happened during the past year and think about what changes or new things I would like to do. I don't write them down but I do regret no making goals through out my life time. I don't dwell on them I just think my life would be different in a more positive way if I had. I try to like my life the way it is.

I like your "Be present and be mindful so I appreciate each day". It is scary how easy it is to forget to appreciate each day. For you, it's wonderful that you set resolutions each year. Just done punish yourself if you don't live up to them. Be at peace my sister ~terry

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Well said, MS_Indestructible :-D

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Thank You, I say it as I see it

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I make goals for myself. I find I feel better working toward something. Sometimes it's not the end result that makes me happy, it's the journey toward it. Last January I told myself I wanted to read even more books than I had in 2017. I keep a list of what I've read. In 2017 I read 78 books. I'm on my 79th right now for 2018 and don't think I'll have a problem getting it done by the end of this year. So even though it'll be only by 1 book, I'll have met my goal. So when I reach 79 books for this year, next year I will have to do 80!

I'm also working hard on my art so I can have a booth in our local festival in July. Where I want to have it only costs $25 for the booth and I can handle that! I'm on my way toward building a pile to take. (Love the one I'm working on now!)

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Any book recommendations? I had a goal of reading 5 books for 2018 (I hadnโ€™t been able to focus enuf to read the past few yrs). I think I read 15 and listened to a dozen more ๐Ÿ˜

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I did write and publish part 1 of my book in September 2017. I worked on Part Two throughout 2018 and will publish this spring 2019. I also accomplished changing my diet to no sugar (ok, well VERY little any way ๐Ÿ˜Š) and no carbs (pasta, bread, rice, crackers, high sugar fruits) I am in a wheelchair and still have lost 15 pounds โ€” 5 more maybe 7 to go. Did ok during I t easChristmas, but did cheat some too.๐Ÿ˜ฎ so my goal this past year of 2018 was to concentrate on only those two things and I feel like I was successful at not putting so much pressure on myself, as I am so limited in what I can do. Not only am I helping myself, but just as much to make it easier for my wonderful husband and nurse lift me countless times throughout the day. I love the mindfulness thing, meditation, self-awareness and gratitude as well. I pray we all treat ourselves well and just do what we can with no unreasonable expectations that will make us feel bad about ourselves. Hereโ€™s to 2019 my MS family! ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿฅ‚โค๏ธ

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Yay! You ๐Ÿ‘

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Have you ever read "Where'd You Go, Bernadette?". I understand they're making it into a movie but it would be hard to make it as delightful book. I listened to it at first and laughed my head off so much I had to buy it!

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I have read it ๐Ÿ˜Š cute book. I wonder who will play Bernadette in the movie?

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What about the "Alice Network"?

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I havenโ€™t read that and I will check it out. Thanks!

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erash, Thank you โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š

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I love to hear of your successes. Please let us all know when you publish your next book, ok? And what is the title of your first book, Lulu521 ? :-D

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Yes, I want to know that too @lulu521

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Thank you so much, erase! The title is ROLLING WITH THE PUNCHES: My persevering battle with multiple sclerosis by Louise Huey Greenleaf. They are available on Amazon.com for $10 per paper back and five dollars on Kindle. I feel so blessed that I really did this. And look forward to publishing part two in The springs. I have felt so bad about myself for the past few years that I needed to pick myself up in someway. If you purchase the book 3 dollars per paper back goes to the national multiple sclerosis society. I hope you have a happy new year! โค๏ธ

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It looks great. Please do publish part 2 ๐Ÿ‘

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Thank you so much, erash! Part Two is soon to publish. Iโ€™ll keep you posted! โค๏ธ

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Oh thank you, Caroleke572. You can find it on Amazon.com it is titled ROLLING WITH THE PUNCHES: My persevering battle with multiple sclerosis by Louise Huey Greeneaf . They are $10 for paperback and five dollars on Kindle. I have not disclosed the title of part two yet because I am not allowed to until it actually publishers. I am shooting for late spring. I hope you enjoy it if you purchase it. Three dollars per book goes to the national multiple sclerosis society. Happy new year to you! โค๏ธ

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Done. I am a softie when it comes to autobiographies, biographies, and historical books as they are my absolute favorite genres! And you are certainly generous with most of the proceeds going to NMSS. I know that I will enjoy your book, and will probably do a review on Amazon because that is what I do. Thank you for the reply and I am certainly going to wait for your next book. So, let me know when it is published, ok?

Keep Smiling,

Carole :-D

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Oh my goodness, Carole, Thank you SO much! I hope you enjoy it! Please let me know. I love autobiography, memoir, inspirational as well. โค๏ธ

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You are welcome :-D

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I normally donโ€™t either...but this year I hope to not isolate myself as much as I have this past year. I am going to try to be more active in this group bc it helps so much to talk with others who truly understand. I am always looking for someone to talk with so everyone please feel free to message if youโ€™re bored. -Kris

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I quit making New Years resolutions a few years ago, instead I pick a word that I try to live by the whole year. For 2018 my word was grateful. For 2019 it is โ€œpauseโ€. What I mean is that I plan not to rush into things, but to take my time, think about it, enjoy the moment/ situation and then move forward. Hopefully this will allow me to appreciate everything a bit more. I have found this to be much more fulfilling than resolutions because I never kept my resolutions and that just made me feel bad

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Wonderful idea

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My only resolution is to not make any more resolutions.๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜…

Donnie

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I make the same resolution each year to try to be a better person & treat others as good as I can!

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Love it! All great ideas!Standing up more to the fear I face.This is very scary for me, physically I dont have a lot of strength to combat issues..but how do you eat a huge dinosaur?....a bite at a time.

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