Grati making some 2019 New Year resolutions, January 04, 2019 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1201)

Today is the 4th day of 2019—only 360 days to go.  That seems like a lot of time.  But really, with life and work and relationships filling up our days, we will blink and find that it is the year 2020.

So as a way of grounding myself to 2019 resolutions/goals that are achievable and varied, I have come up with personal schema to develop my initial goals/resolutions—a resolutions rubric, if you will.  *wink*

First, I want my resolutions/goals to impact me personally, my hubby and I, and our home.

Secondly, I plan to have each resolution/goal reflect something that I wish to start, to continue, or to stop.


So basically, I’ll end up with a 3 x 3 matrix—involving 9 interconnected  goals/resolutions.


And here we go:

Goal # 1’s over arching theme is my Personal  Health:

1a)  I wish to start exercising again.  Now that I am walking more—even with my using a rolling walker—I want to get to the next level of stamina and endurance with hand and leg weights.  With my back’s herniated discs being painful all the time limiting my mobility, I will have to be careful not to injure myself more.  So I’ll start small with 2 pound weights on each limb via sitting exercises, and maybe try to do more with my stretching bands. It will be slow going.  But I have to start someplace. Ha!


1b)  I wish to continue my healthy diet and nutrition habits to aid in my continuing to lose weight.  I have been at a plateau—which I seem to hit about every 30 pounds or so.  So my morning apple, raisins, and walnut oatmeal with hot tea breakfast will be expanded from week days to 7 days a week.  Also I’ll continue eating more chicken than beef and pork—with a little bit of fish thrown in.


1c)  I need to pare down my Hershey’s Kisses intake—seriously, chocolate is addicting for me—in favor of more  celery (right), which my diabetes educator  told me burns more calories when you eat it than it generates in consuming it.  Diet and exercise will also help to improve my blood sugar scores—which had also seen a corresponding spike my A1C score upward by over a point.  But with some adjustment in my diabetes meds (pills), I’m seeing more regular 125 scores  before meals blood sugar numbers again.  And diabetes can affect eyesight—as my latest eye exam showed.  So my computer/reading  glasses now have new lenses, that seem to lessen eye strain so far.  Snap!



Goal # 2’s over arching theme is my Hubby and I:

2a)  I want my hubby and I to start thinking about a fun week long trip that we might take sometime this year.  We’re not annual vacation people.  We can’t afford it.  And there are the logistics of boarding the dogs and such—we would miss them, and they would miss us.  And my hubby doesn’t like to travel out of town.  But I feel that it’s important for my hubby and I  to get away from our usual routines now and again.  So we’ll have to start saving up for it—whatever it might be.  And flying will not be involved.  Ha!  Our trip to Florida 20 years ago was our last time flying.  But we did have great fun on that trip!   My ideal vacations usually involve nature, water, golf, museums, antiquing, etc.  Ha!  Do you have any U.S. vacation spot suggestions for us?  Please note that they need to be mobility accessible.

2b)  I am sure that my hubby and I continue our mid week and weekend lunch dates and such.  These times that we share together are sacrosanct from any and all other appointments that we might have.   Though with each of his having mobility issues, walking around at nature sites, museums, malls and stores, etc., is limited these days.  But that also means that we have less impulse buying than other shoppers might.  Ha!

2c)  We need to stop delaying getting our wills done.  I know, that was a double negative.  Argghhh!  Though I hope that we have another 30 years of life together—taking us to our 60th wedding anniversary–we shouldn’t put this off any longer.  And having our wishes spelled out in a legal document will hopefully give us peace of mind.


Goal # 3’s over arching theme is our Home:

3a)  We’re hoping to buy a new 80 inch sofa (right, Dempsey by Flexsteel)  for our hoped for great room redo.   Doing so will allow my hubby and I to organize and rearrange our home for how we live now.  In general, that means creating a central focus on our  fireplace for cozy cuddling.  And there will not be a tv in the house anymore—we  haven’t used it for over 5 years, we stream anything we want to see.  And I want a mix of comfortable couch seating and practical easy to access computer work stations—rather than a formal living room.

We had initially looked at sectional sofas (right)—for ease in lolling about with each other.  Ha!  But they’re big, expensive, and can only be situated in one configuration in a room.  And we can put the hoped for new 80 inch sofa  into the mix in our great room—repurposing /slip covering our 23 year old old pretty and formal couch to the far corner of the room by the window, and using our 16 year  old love seat  with a new slip cover  as the “L” corner with the new blue sofa.  And my hubby’s current large  man chair will leave the house.   Ha!  However, the internet and power cable threading for the computers is what will be tricky.  And I may be trying to do the impossible—having a comfy area for us to sit together with nearby computer access.  Ha!

3b)  I need to continue with other home items purging or recycling or donations—such as old and too big clothes, unused furniture like the tv (we stream if we want to watch something online), etc.—and purging/shredding old documents that are not needed any more.  My basic rule is that if it is utility, food, etc., payment older than 2018, it goes into the shredder—though I will still have an electronic copy of those payments. And  I tend to keep all house related payment records printouts and electronic copies– like the mortgage payments and any major home repairs and improvements for about 10 years.

3c)  I want to lessen our carbon footprint even more than we already do for our home’s  reduce, reuse, and recycling efforts.  So that means printing out fewer paper copies of things—only the most essential, or printing 2 pages onto 1 page—and being satisfied with just my  electronic copy backups.  Of course, I’m also a bins girl.  So special types of mementos are saved in opaque plastic bins so I can find stuff.  And my Richard Armitage (below) stuff stays—they are in their own bin.  Ha!

Naturally, we will continue to support the charities and organizations that we do throughout the year.   These mostly involve women, children and families, underrepresented groups, education initiatives, and those in need.  And though our donations are modest, they build up over the months and years to tidy sums.

So with these initial 2019 goals/resolutions, I have focused on areas of fine tuning ourselves and our home–so we can rest and recharge for our lives inside and outside of our home.


Wishing you and yours a wonderful  2019!  Hugs & Cheers!  Grati  ;->

About Gratiana Lovelace

Gratiana Lovelace is my nom de plume for my creative writing and blogging. I write romantic stories in different sub genres. The stories just tumble out of me. My resurgence in creative writing occurred when I viewed the BBC miniseries of Elizabeth Gaskell's novel North & South in February 2010. The exquisitely talented British actor portraying the male lead John Thornton in North & South--Richard Crispin Armitage--became my unofficial muse. I have written over 50 script stories about love--some are fan fiction, but most are original stories--that I am just beginning to share with others on private writer sites, and here on my blog. And as you know, my blog here is also relatively new--since August 2011. But, I'm having fun and I hope you enjoy reading my blog essays and my stories. Cheers! Grati ;-> upd 12/18/11
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4 Responses to Grati making some 2019 New Year resolutions, January 04, 2019 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1201)

  1. Guylty says:

    Happy new year, Grati. Hope all your resolutions become real :-)

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  2. Esther says:

    Happy belated new year, Grati!

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