1. Do you make New Year's resolutions or personal goals?
Yes, I have to admit that I do. Of course, I make resolutions and goals at other times of the year, too, especially around the change of seasons and holidays such as Rosh Hashana (my other New Years).
2. Have you ever kept a New Year's resolution? Achieved a personal goal?
Not completely, but I've made progress toward them. My 2002/03 goal was to have a family -- done (in 2004). A 2004 goal was to lose weight (lost a lot in 2004, but have put a little back on -- still not back to where I was, though!). Another 2002 goal was to "get organized". This is actually a perpetual goal of mine, but in 2002, I found FlyLady and started to creep ever closer to my goal. I'm still not where I'd like to be, but I'm SOOOOOOOOO much closer than I was!
3. What things are you always resolving to do but never actually do?
Get organized, lose weight, get back in touch with old friends, stay in better touch with current friends, exercise more, talk less, waste less time, be more patient.
4. Why do you think most people fail to uphold their New Year's resolutions?
Change is hard. You have to really want it and want it for a long time. It's just too easy to fall back into bad habits!
5. Share the thing you most want to do this year and describe five steps you will take to make it happen.
Hmmmm..... what I want most? What I want most this year is to reach a decision with my husband to pursue adoption of a daughter. How do I get there?
Beg, beg, beg, beg, and sexual favors!!!! Just kidding (sort of). Here's my vague plan:
1). Research the current state of international adoption. 2). Research the current situation with hosting programs. 3). Research the current situation with foster/adopt programs. 4). Compare the programs with our budget, desired timeline, family needs and comfort zone and make a decision. 5). Start the chosen process. Of course, that makes it sound easy. We all know it's not that easy. Especially since RockStar is pretty comfy being the dad of only two kids. But, I really want a girl. There are many reasons I want a girl, and ironically, none of them are traditional "girly" reasons (princesses, pink, dressup, Barbies, etc....).
Will it happen (i.e. begin) in 2008? You'll have to keep checking back to find out!