Resolutions for 2010

My New Years Resolutions …

I will Learn. See. Respond. Be …

  1. I will give more of my time, voice, and energy to the disadvantaged, oppressed, and forgotten in my community. (Immigrants, LGBT, homeless, unwed mothers, the illiterate.)  To put myself in situations where I am the ethnic minority.  If given opportunity, I will tell their stories through word and image.
  2. I will grow more of our own food.  I will learn to can.  I will shop locally, especially community based privately owned businesses.
  3. I will save more, spend less. I will live on a budget. I will continue to not buy clothes for myself for a year, until October, 2010.   I will use the library.
  4. I will help us be a connected family. I will turn off electronics while the kids are awake. I will turn off electronics 4-8pm. And do more together. (e.g. Go to ballgames, the symphony & opera,  plays (The Lion King), go camping, …)  We will call cousins and other family members.
  5. I will continue to work at staying depression free. I will work the 12 steps.  I will exercise every day, if only 20 minutes.  I will taper off Effexor.
  6. I will write for an hour every day of the work week.  About … What I am thankful for.  What I want to know.  What I think.  Who I need to hear from.
  7. I will read with intentionality. (On race, gender & the church, faith, poverty, global issues …)
  8. I will play my piano and find an avenue to sing.
  9. I will work on a photography project with the goal of a gallery showing and work on a website for online sales & exhibition.
  10. I will take Tom to Big Ben before he’s 50.

A year of  images : the people, places and things. I shot this year. (This will take you to a SET of my photography on the www. flickr.com.  Click on SLIDE SHOW in the upper right hand corner when you get there.)

Be well, friends.  Be well.  And if you feel like it, drop me a word about what you’d like to accomplish in 2010.

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. Holly says:

    I think if they are for you they do. I chose one two years ago to walk towards relationships. That impacted a lot of my life. This year I am going to intentionally choose community. I’ll keep you posted if it is meaningful.

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  2. Alex Gee says:

    Melody: First let me say tha your blogsite is slammin’! I love the look and feel.

    Thanks for sharing so candidly about your goals. I enjoyed reading each one—I can hear you conviction as I read them.

    What accountability mechanism will you employ to help keep you on task?

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    1. Melody Hanson says:

      Thank you Pastor! I appreciate that affirmation of my blog. I hope you have a little time to dig deeper and read a bit. I don’t have a mentor, or spiritual adviser, or even prayer partner. Advice? I sure appreciate you, from afar. Be well.

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  3. Meg E says:

    Oooh. London. When you are ready, let me know. We lived there for a year and I have some faves.

    Be well, my friend. You are one of the great and surprising blessings of 2009.

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    1. Melody Hanson says:

      Meg- The same goes for you, in terms of a blessing – always insightful, affirming, deep, encouraging, and full of empathy. You are a delight! Mel

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