Hula Hooping Through 2016: An Update on My New Year’s Goals


I remembered today that I had written New Year’s Resolutions. Oops.  I’ve done many great things this year, but it’s just not been the stuff I set out to do. Here’s my update on my 2016 New Year’s Goals. Let’s see how I’m doing on them.

1.Do a 10 minute mediation/deep breathing exercise every day

In January, I did my mediation/deep breathing exercise 16/31 days. In February, I did my mediation  10/28 days. I then held my breath from March until August. No deep breathing and mediation for me. I’ve started up again though.  I’m happy to say that I’ve done my 10 minute routine for 2 days this week. It’s a new start and I know I can always start again. That’s what is great about life and goals.  You can always start again.

2. Exercise five days a week for at least  30 minutes

I exercise more than I used to, but I honestly forgot to track my exercising after the month of January.

3. Find something funny every day

This one is easy, because there are lots of funny things that happen all the time. In fact, I had something funny happen yesterday while I was bowling with my league.  They had a drawing with raffle tickets last. No one in our team won. I took all those losing raffle tickets and made a little tower out of them. I carefully stacked the tickets on top of each other into an intricate little design.  I was very proud of my raffle ticket tower and announced to my friend Sara that I had made a masterpiece. Sara said, “Your house is made of cards, Amee”.  Then she blew down the tower.  The tickets flew all over the table. I laughed and laughed. I laughed until I started crying which of course made Sara laugh. It was funny. Then we laughed some more, because we were both laughing. Then Sara said that we both most be tired and that made us laugh even harder. It was true. We were both so exhausted that flying raffle tickets was the best thing that happened all week.  It was kind of funny.

4. Eat a fruit or vegetable with every meal

I’ve done a great job with this one. I’ve been eating a fruit or vegetable at every meal. I’ve been tracking it to on my little food diary. Go me!

5. Do something social with friends once a week.

Check. I’m doing this one.

6. Write down all of my negative thoughts and try to re-frame them in a little cognition journal.

Back in February, I said that I had forgotten about this goal. Guess What? I forgot about it again.  I royally flopped and failed on that goal.  I wonder if I can re-frame that last sentence. “Even though I just lived with all my negative thoughts for  nine months of 2016, I still deeply love and respect myself. I didn’t fail on this goal, I failed forward on this goal.”  Ha Ha Ha.  I re-framed it. Bingo. I can mark the goal complete now.

7. Leave work by 4:30 p.m. every day. I won’t be able to do all of these happy brain/happy body things if I work all the time.

I’m doing better at leaving work by 4:30 every day, but my brain still forgets sometimes to stop teaching at night.  For example, two weeks ago I had one of those teacher dreams where I was teaching lessons all night long. It’s really hard to go to work the next day after you’ve been working all night.

Wow!  I’m impressed with myself. Even though I forgot my New Year’s Resolutions, I’m still mostly on track. I should forget my New Year’s Goals more often.

How are your New Year’s Goals going?


“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier. “–Mother Teresa