Make Your Resolutions for 2008

It is nearing the end of 2007 and a new year is just around the corner! My ritual, right around this time every year, is to write down my New Year’s Resolutions. You might want to do the same. It’s a great way to look back on all your have achieved in the past year – by checking last year’s writing – and also a good way to look forward to the future, by setting goals and targets for yourself. I try to be realistic with my own resolutions, but I do usually throw in something completely wacky and extravagant, and funny enough, those are usually the ones whose goals are met! Try it out with me, it’s fun, cleansing, very meditative and a great way to spend those dark afternoon hours on New Year’s Day, when your body needs some R & R after the partying and merriment of the night before. I’ll give you an outline of mine for the coming year. It doesn’t matter if you write it on your computer, your personal journal, or on a cocktail napkin using lipstick – possibly a shade that you will be resolving “never to use again”, just as long as you write it from your heart.

Nina’s New Year’s Resolutions:

1 ) – Be more accepting of my own faults and more forgiving of the faults of others.

2 ) – Run more, to stay in shape, as it has turned out to be the very best exercise routine for my body. Increase my stamina, from running twice around Tompkins Square Park, to maybe as much as a couple of miles. But do this steadily and without pushing my body too fast, too soon. And when the weather just gets too cold, or too hot, practice more Yoga, at Integral Yoga, right in the West Village.

3 ) – Continue to eat healthy but include more fish in my diet. The fatty acids and fish oils in some seafood make a big difference in a vegetarian diet, to feed the brain and keep the arteries healthy and clear. Supplement my diet by drinking my Emergen-C vitamins and taking my chelated calcium chews every day.

4 ) – Write more each day and spread my “you don’t have to be married to be joyous and complete” message, to more and more people. Hopefully, well, this is my long shot right here, get “Happily Unmarried Ever After – a Real Life Fairy Tale for the Modern Woman” published…

5 ) – Thank God each and every day for all that I have, particularly in emotional goods. My friends and close family are my strength and my joy! And you know who you are!!

6 ) – Horseback ride at least one long week, during this coming summer, in Wyoming or Montana. I crave the open spaces with a frisky horse who wants to saunter around the grass and briskly climb up some rocky hillside. Horseback riding is to me both fantastic physical exercise and incredible emotional therapy. I do try to get out to the Kensington Stables in Brooklyn, from time to time, but there is nothing like dealing with a western horse, polite, stoic, responsive and well mannered. And when you know you have conquered his or her trust, it just makes you feel like a BILLION dollars!

7 ) – Become more minimalist in my home and shopping habits. I am currently pretty good at saving, but there is always a lot of room for improvement. And my shoe closet is really an indignity. I mean, I put Imelda Marcos’ shoe collection to shame! Call it an “occupational hazard” from having been a shoe model ever since I could walk in heels…

8 ) – Be more generous with my time when it comes to my friends and family. I am pretty spoiled in that department, what with having grown up an only child and still being a single girl. Whoever wrote that “Busy is the new Popular” was right! We sometimes forget that our time is a precious gift and should be treated as such, especially when dealing with loved ones. We can always give more.

9 ) – Watch less TV, particularly during the winter months, and read more! Books can be the source of our most colorful fantasies. Movies and sitcoms can never fill our dreams the way a good novel can. My current read, an amazingly touching and brilliantly written book, is Kiran Desai’s “The Inheritance of Loss”. I will be sorry to see it end.

10) – Meet the man of my dreams… Hey, I am happy to be single while I am single, but can always see my life in the company of a fabulous, strong, handsome, intelligent, witty and secure man! I totally enjoy the journey I am on, but that does not mean I NEVER want to reach the destination! I mean, I am by no means planning to be single all my life and this blog ain’t called “Learn How To Be a Nun in Modern-Day NYC”!?! I am just holding out for the RIGHT one, as spending time with someone in any way less than that seems like a lot of energy wasted…

So, last but not least, HAPPY NEW YEAR and N-joy!

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