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New Year, New Goals

New YearI’m sort of a curmudgeon when it comes to New Year’s resolutions.  I know I’m not going to quit eating sugar, or that I’ll hit the gym five days a week just because January 1st rolled around, so I’m philosophically opposed to resolutions. They’re a clear setup for failure. Over the years I’ve tried to use the New Year as a time to review what has worked and hasn’t worked in the past year and make attainable goals for the future. This year got away from me and I didn’t even try. That’s why it’s now mid-January, charging toward February, and I’m just starting to think about what I should strive for in the New Year. Here are my thoughts for 2015… let me know what you think!

1. Pick ONE home-improvement project to start and finish this year. Every spring brings new garden decor ideas and inspiration to renovate the bathroom or install an eye-catching backsplash in the kitchen. Not one project I’ve thought about in recent memory has happened. So this year I’m picking ONE. One project to improve my home. I wish I could tackle every project I’ve pinned on my “Home Improvement” board, but c’mon, we all know that Pinterest is more about inspiration than action. So I think one project is achievable in 2015. I think this year’s project will be to repaint the living/dining room. Chipped and dented walls, uneven edges, and dated colors have got to go. This year I am about new paint colors! (Does anyone have a Pinterest board they can refer me to? I’m terrible at this!)

2. I will ski just for fun sometime this season. I get to ski for work several times throughout the winter, and it’s great. But I’m never going to improve when my experience is with a group of beginners whom I’m overseeing to be sure they all have a good time and don’t get hurt. This winter, I will ditch the family on a weekend or take a day off of work and ski just for fun. This goal has a deadline because this “Juneuary” hasn’t brought much powder to our area, and spring is just around the corner!

3. I’m drinking the good wine, dammit! I’m one of those hoarders who saves things for a special occasion. I don’t wear my favorite sweater because I don’t want to ruin in and not have it available for that unknown special occasion that may or may not come up. I don’t eat the snacks I really like because I want to savor them later… and then they’re stale. So this year, I’m drinking the good wine. I’m enjoying it when I feel like it, whether it’s a special occasion or a Tuesday night. And just to prove my point, I’m popping open a bottle of champagne tonight and not caring if it goes flat before I finish it! (ok, I only recommend doing this with the cheap stuff – snag some Barefoot Bubbly, drink what you want, and toss the rest. You’ll feel SO liberated!)

4. Along those same lines, this year I’m using my gift cards and redeeming my prizes. My wallet is bursting with unused gift cards because they’re either for places I don’t usually shop or because I want to hoard them for some day when I need retail therapy but don’t have any money. I can see movies, have lunch, buy candy, and go shopping all on gift cards. It’s time to use those babies up! Secondly, my lifelong lack of luck has apparently turned, and I have recently won several door prizes and raffles; and those prizes have gone unused. Well, this year I am booking that sushi party I have coming to me from Kim Lee’s Sushi! I am using that free month’s pass to the pool. I am taking my family to a movie, topped off with frozen yogurt, compliments of the Outlets at Sparks. No more saving these goodies for the “right time” because the right time will never come. I have to make time.

5. Finally, I’m going to stop fighting my tough relationships and I’m going to work on being thankful for them. We all have tough relationships that we either endure or ignore, and this year I want to make peace with them. That doesn’t necessarily mean making peace with the people who give me heartburn, but for me, it means making peace with the relationship I have with them. Tough people and tough situations force you to learn, and learning’s a good thing. So I’m trying to look for the lessons they’re here to teach me and be thankful for them. I might still dread running into that former friend or the rude cashier at the grocery store, but I want to make those awkward situations MEAN something. These people must be in my life for a reason, so why not find out what that reason is? (Maybe it’s to teach me to stand up for myself and insist that even though my cart looks full, I do only have 10 items and I do belong in the checkout line I’m in, so quit glaring at me, bitch! Tough situations, indeed!)

I’d love to hear what your resolutions or goals are for 2015. Are you determined to lose 10 pounds by Memorial Day, or is this your year to get a passport and see the world? Are you going to finally learn another language, or perhaps watch less TV? (and seriously, do you have a good pin board of paint colors – I really need some inspiration!)


About Bethany Drysdale

Bethany Drysdale
Bethany Drysdale is mom to two little princesses, and is on a mission to stock her wine rack with great-tasting wines that won't break the bank. Swim lessons and new sneakers trump the wine budget in her house, but she won't sacrifice great taste and neither should you! Read more from Bethany at Mama's Wine Rack. Bethany is a former journalist and current public relations professional who decided in 2010 to pair her love for writing with her love for wine, and Mama's Wine Rack was born. She lives in Dayton, Nev., with her daughters Emma and Abbi, husband Sean, and dog Rusty. There is a cat or two calling her doorstep home, and possibly a goldfish in her future. Follow Bethany's quest to fill her wine rack at http://MamasWineRack.com.


  1. Since we’re moving to Reno in a couple of months, I’ve put off New Year’s Resolutions and am making Reno Resolutions instead!

  2. Jenny Petty

    Love number four! I feel like number four sums up the entire last year for me and, boy oh boy , did I learn!

  3. Jenn

    Great post! I just used a gift card that has been sitting in my wallet for a year!

  4. Amen for #4. I can’t tell you the number of silent auction items I’ve “won” and then missed out on. Hair cuts, dinners, massages, all that stuff I love, but just put off or forget about until it’s too late. I like these types of resolutions.

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