New Years Resolutions – Eat in Two’s for Balance

By January 4, 2016December 18th, 201923 Comments
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Stay Balanced

It’s that time again when we all jump on the band wagon of making New Year’s resolutions and I think that is a fine thing. HOWEVER, let’s be careful to take it in moderation, and set ourselves up for success and not failure.
I have a little story about a dog and why I think we must eat treats in two’s to illustrate my point – as well as goal setting, just come read it and you’ll see…

A few years back Stan and I thought we were going to move, though we really love our neighborhood, but our house is not a very good layout for our growing clan. Squishing everyone in has become quite the feat sometimes.
So, the arduous and painstaking quest began. We looked and looked and looked. At one house, some of the neighbors came out to meet us. They were very nice and chatted; in fact, based solely on the neighbors we would have purchased the house! As we visited a dog came strolling by. It had a strange sort of lump on just one side of its neck. I peered down at the poor animal, wondering what in the world it was suffering from. As I stared, I hoped it wasn’t causing the dog much pain, or even worse contagious. I didn’t appear to have any open sores, or seem to have stitches or anything of that nature. I asked the lady talking to me if the dog was alright.
She chuckled a little and said yes, it was her pet, and that she had in fact recently taken it to her veterinarian for a thorough check up. The result: A fat blob.
A What?! A fat blob?
Yes, a fat blob had formed on just one side of the doggies neck leaving it a bit unbalanced as it shuffled along.
The moral of my story to this point is…..you MUST eat treats in two’s. One for each side so you are never unbalanced. 

You know – where ever yours settles it would be terrible if you had to walk like you had an extra 5-10 pounds on just ONE side now wouldn’t it!
My theory is, if you’re going to eat a tootsie roll, you must eat two –  one for each hip, one for each side of the behind, – you get my point, heehee.
What does this have to do with New Years Resolution? Well, for me it’s all a matter of balance. I tend to over plan, over think, over commit, over schedule, over……
To put it this way, I was born two months early I was in such a hurry to get here. Recently we were at a funeral of a dear uncle when two of my boys were teasing with me about what my funeral would be like.

  • They said I would have all the food prepared and in the freezer so no one would have to bother much, except to heat it up.
  • I would have seating charts so people would have to meet and make new friends.
  • Games would be played because it would be a celebration and fun, that’s my style.
  • My friend asked if I was going to have take out containers available. I guess I’d better plan more food, lol
  • I would be telling God, just a minute, just another minute please, I can’t die yet, I have one more person to drop ___ off to.
  • My oldest son insists I would have goodie bags for him to deliver to everyone that attended the funeral to tell them thanks for coming…not sure about that, depends on how old we are I guess if I would actually make them up before hand, hahaha

We were all laughing, but it’s so true.
SO,  MY new years resolutions are:
       1-    Have SET work hours – oh my handsome hubby will be cheering and happy so I’m DONE at the computer to spend time with him at nights
                       Which means….I will only post 3ish times a week
      2-  I am finishing the second and possibly third sequel to my novel. Did you read that Tasha? She’s my angel that keeps me in check here.
Family time, scripture reading, church, exercising, of course are critical and daily components, but those TWO  are the balance that come in play here at AMS so that I don’t topple over this year or get sideways. You wouldn’t want that now would you? lol.
What are your goals?
Can you set TWO?  Find a balance and then add more as time goes on if ya really want to. It’s easy to be overwhelmed, but life is good, rich and meant to be enjoyed and happy. Let’s not add burden and stress where do not have to. So as we pick  two things that we want to accomplish to go with the critical things we must do daily, we can achieve our dreams together this year!!!

I hope you will continue to visit me, enjoy and let me know what you would like to learn, be inspired about and encouraged in as your year goes on.
Thank you for all your kindness and support of 2015 and looking so forward to 2016. Carrie
Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2016
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  • ilka says:

    Life is a Balancing Act! Happy New Year Carrie! I’m excited for you about your novel! 🙂

  • Kathryn says:

    Great goals, Carrie!!!! I’m sure your husband will be thrilled you won’t be running yourself ragged trying to post every day. I seriously don’t know how you managed to do it! My two main goals are to write simplified organ duets from the hymnal so even children could play them. I’ve already done a few with great success for Primary programs. My other one is to record. If I write things down, I’m way more likely to accomplish them and remember them. Good luck!!

    • Thank you and I love your talents, I had no idea you were so musically inclined. That is remarkable and I can’t wait to see the duets in the stores for sale! Are you going to record your organ solos, or do you sing also? I’m very excited for all you want to accomplish, it’s truly amazing.

  • Kathryn says:

    I forgot to add…I love your analogy, but I think four would be even better. 🙂 Two for each side. I wouldn’t want to be stingy.

  • I love the moral of your story and must tell you that I had to come to a similar conclusion myself with blogging in the past and setting limits and finding a bit of balance honestly has helped more than you know. So good for you recognizing this and am so happy that you are easing up on yourself and giving yourself permission to do just that. Happy Nee Year now, my friend 😉

    • Thank you so much Janine for being such a great friend that I can come to and get advice, which helped greatly in me making the decisions I did in cutting back. You are amazing!

  • Diane Roark says:

    I always love reading your posts. You crack me up with your son’s words about what your funeral would be like. I love the seating chart, take out containers and goodie bags. I also love that your are setting boundaries with your New Year’s resolutions. I have one main one that is to completely read through the entire bible but I am always slowly working on loosing weight, exercising, creating ebooks, and a biography.
    I pray God blesses you in every way this year.

    • Oh Diane, I always know you will come by and smile, which helps me tons! Thank you for your compliment on my boundaries and I’m counting on you to keep me in check:) I am very impressed with your list of goals; particularly the biography and reading the Bible. I studied the entire Bible a few years back with study guides and it took me about a year and a half and was one of the most life changing events, so inspiring and brought me much closer to my Heavenly Father. I’m thrilled for you, and a bit jealous too. I may have to do it again soon. I appreciate your long and continued friendship so much.

  • Tasha says:

    I love this Carrie. You are a hilarious storyteller. I couldn’t stop laughing at the comments your boys made about your funeral. It’s quite ironic that you mentioned the time you were going to move considering the email I’d sent ya earlier!!! Wowzer! So glad to know that you’re penciling in time for the book. Shall we go ahead and add a deadline with that as well? 😀

    • I’m so glad you like how my family laughs at my expense, but it’s so true! YES! you are going to keep me on track this year and let’s get together for a deadline asap. Appreciate you Tasha!!

  • Shirley Wood says:

    Very fun story about the dog. I quit making New Year resolutions a long time ago but my sweet hubby and I do sit down and take a time to set some goals for the year. We have been pretty successful with our progress on those goals the last few years.
    Happy 2016 to you! So glad you share with us at Merry Monday.

    • I love that idea Shirley to make goals with your sweetie. That’s really a remarkable idea to work together as a couple towards things that need to be done together. Thank you so much for sharing with us that method of goal setting.

  • Funny! I like your idea about Tootsie Rolls. One for each hip sounds great. All kidding aside, what you wrote really struck a chord. Thanks for sharing it! Visiting from #HomeMattersParty

  • Jess says:

    Such a great post! 🙂 Hope you’re having a great 2016!
    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  • This is too funny, Carrie. I ALWAYS eat treats in twos. I would not think of eating one Tootsie Roll – it has to be two (or four!) or none. Same with cookies or potato chips. When it comes to something that I wouldn’t allow myself to eat two of (say, two brownies), I might cut off a piece of one, then cut it in half – 2 bites! Isn’t that crazy?!?! It is some sort of weird control issue I think, but I’m afraid to psychoanalyze it – lol.
    Happy New Year, my friend. Your resolutions sound great, and do-able.

    • Oh Gaye, you are so funny, I’m right there with you and I needed that laugh myself. Thanks for your well wishes and I’m so glad you stopped by. My wishes to you also for a wonderful new year.

  • Quinn says:

    Great Advice! Thanks for joining us at Throwback Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you bring to the party this week. ~Quinn

  • Nikki Frank-Hamilton says:

    I will never be able to think about New Year’s without seeing a lopsided dog, again! LOL Which means I will think about you on New Year’s, pretty cool! I’m glad that you caught this before you burned out, I think posting less often, but better written posts is the key to a growing blog and to having a life! You got this Carrie! Can’t wait to see what 2016 brings.

    • Aawww Nikki you are always so fun and I love our chats. My problem is now with less blogging there’s more time to learn!, lol
      You truly amaze me with how fast you can digest all the stuff that comes at us, even with as quickly as it changes in the social media aspects as well as every other detail in blogging. You came with tons of extra brain cells girl and I’m so grateful you will share all of that knowledge! Thank you really for your generosity in teaching me and so many daily how to blog better and smarter.

  • Mollie says:

    I so enjoyed this post! I had a good chuckle over the fat blob (I have an older dog with a few fatty lumps, too) and your very sensible conclusion! I love the idea of twos. Sorry to hear of the loss of your uncle, but I did identify with what your sons were saying! Thanks for sharing this on Throwback Thursday, and I’ll be back to read more of your charming blog!

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