So what if I'm late to the New Year's Resolution Party

SO WHAT IF I'M LATE TO THE NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION PARTY

Okay, so I didn't jump aboard the "Resolution Bandwagon" when the ball dropped, issuing in 2017. Why? Basically because I've learned it's too much pressure to create completely new habits to start on the first day of the year. It's kinda silly, don't you agree?

What's my solution? I wait until somewhere around the second weekend. And given this weekend is FRIDAY THE 13TH (insert horror movie screams here), it will be my Jumping Off Point.

What are my resolutions? Simple; there are only 3. Because it seems like a number I can manage.

1. Do some SOME SORT OF EXERCISE every day.

I don't mean a marathon every day. But I don't mean one sit-up, either. I mean, something along the lines of No Less Than 15 minutes, likely around 30 minutes, and 45 could be ideal. This way, even if the only thing I do is walk Dexter once or twice a day, then I've accomplished my goal. And the way I see it, as well as Dexter sees it, it's a Win-Win.

2. Be conscious every day to BE KIND toward my fellow man.

That doesn't mean I have to be a pus, a wimp, or a liar. But I do have to consider kindness as my starting point. If we all thought about being kind as our first reaction, we'd have less violence, less deaths, less stress, less anger, less weight gain, less anxiety, we'd rely less on drugs, booze and crap food. At least I think we would. Anyway, I'm going to start here.

3. Do something OUT OF THE ORDINARY every week healthy.

You know, something healthy, positive and/or enjoyable. Something we don't ordinarily do every week, or in the same way. Wouldn't that be cool; to try on a new habit for size? It may be something like: reading an article, periodical, or book I don't ordinarily read, visiting a new restaurant serving a type of food I don't regularly eat, travel to work or play on a different route, just for the heck of it. Maybe I'll call a friend I haven't spoken to in a long time. In these days of texting & emails, it's nice to think about picking up the phone and chatting even for 10 minutes.

BOTTOM LINE: I figure if I can do THESE 3 THINGS for the next 11 & 1/2 months, I'll have a vibrant and refreshing way to look at life.

As Tammy and I face yet another move to a new city [SAN DIEGO, HERE WE COME], we've agreed to form a new mindset, as to: (a) how we choose friends, (b) how we do business, and (c) how we manage situations arising in ways that may or may not be of our creation.

This new mindset came to me, thanks to a blog I read recently by Benjamin Hardy.

“From this point, your strategy is to make everyone else get on your level, you’re not going down to theirs. You’re not competing with anyone else, ever again. They’re going to have to compete with you. From now on, the end result is all that matters.” —Tim Grover

I like that, don't you? Set Your Goals. Make New Boundaries. Push Hard To Win.

As for the NEW YEAR, Tammy and I Are Making Choices As To How [Jobs, Friends, Dates, Projects, Schedules, Parties, Etc.] Best Fits Our Lives.

Moving forward, BE KIND TO YOURSELF, pace the day/week/month with reachable goals that feel attainable, until you get to the point where you say, PUSH YOURSELF, DAMMIT! You'll be fine.

Happy First Friday the 13th of The New Year!