Like A Shiny New Penny

I’m not sure what it is about a new year, but we all seem to think of it as a wonderful new start of things.  It’s like a  brand new sparkling penny with nary a smudge.  Something you just want to take out of your pocket and gaze at for a while.  New years are always out there…it’s just not every day that we see one. 

Along with every new year, comes the obligatory resolutions.   You know the same ones we make every year….get organized, get out of debt, work out at the gym,  lose weight, help others more… Yet despite all those wonderful intentions, those New Year’s Resolutions disappear just as quickly as that brand new penny does. 

For me, in my primary role as Mother Extradinare, my yearly clock seems to start in the fall.  That’s when the  school year starts and when things just feel new.  (Technically things should feel new in the spring and dying in the fall, but I’ve always been backwards about things.) That’s when I want to re-evaluate and create new goals. 

Last fall, I happened to come across a fun wiki group called a Life List.  It’s basically a place where you can write down all the things you want to get done in your life.  It can be as mundane as remembering to charge your cell phone or as thrilling as cliff diving and of course, everything in between.  Naturally, I had to make a list…you can find it right HERE  if you are a snoop.  (And aren’t all bloggers snoops?) 

It’s something I’ve been keeping in the back of my mind and working towards off and on.  It really does need to be updated as I’ve thought of all sorts of things I need to be doing.  I encourage you to create a Life List for yourself…even if it is just on the back of an envelope.  Make it something worth working towards.  After all…we might easily let a shiny penny slip through our fingers, but nobody is going to toss a twenty out, no matter how dull and wrinkled it gets…    

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0 Responses to Like A Shiny New Penny

  1. Jay says:


    Yes, but so for I’m the only one who has a resolution to be taller this year!

  2. Karina says:

    Ah yes, New Year’s Resolutions. My resolution this year was to not make any resolutions. So far so good! πŸ˜‰

    I heard about the “life lists” a while back on the Ellen Degeneres show and have been meaning to make my own up. Hmm…

  3. Mojokat says:

    You know we’re snoops…and proud of it! =-) Thank you for the inspiration. I plan to take some time and create my life list, as well…or at least the start to it =-)

    I hope you were able to find the magic of the season! It can be subtle, but it’s always there! =-)

    Happy 2008 to you and your family!


  4. Kari says:

    I like the idea of a life list. Not just for this year…but you’re life!

  5. Kell says:

    You’ve got a cool list going. I’m a chronic list maker, maybe if I had one place for a list I’d actually accomplish something.

  6. Lynne says:

    I wish you success with your Life List, Susan! I am promising myself not to make any lists because I never do the things on them. By not making lists I don’t set myself up for failure, which works better for me!

    It’s always good to have goals to strive for though. Kudos to you!

    P.S. You’ve never really mentioned your JOB although there have been a few random things said over the past month or so. Are you going to let us in on it, or did I miss it completely?

  7. Freakazojd says:

    I love the idea of the life list…I even clicked over to start my own and then realized that it would just be “one more thing” I’d have to check on and update, haha! I haven’t made New Year’s resolutions for years, actually…but maybe I’ll come up with a little something this year.
    Happy New Year to you and your family!! πŸ™‚

  8. Jenster says:

    What a great list! I think I may have to try this because there are so many things I want to do, but I keep forgetting what they are!!

  9. Susan says:

    Stretch, Jay, stretch!

    Karina~I made one several years ago…but it’s lost in a pile of “important papers” somewhere! This seems to work for me.

    Kat~go for it!

    Hello Kari! Yep…no rush, but I like to cross things off so that’s motivation.

    Kell~I used to always make lists…then just sorta stopped for no real reason. Hmmm

    Lynne~There’s a LOT of things I’ve been neglecting to post about. I have plans to do some fill in posts.

    Freaky~You have to do whatever works for you. πŸ™‚

    Jenster~If you do this, let me know. It’s fun to look at other lists too. My favorite is the person who listed to star in a porn film AND to read her bible everyday. Interesting person…

  10. Frances says:

    Happy New Year!
    We are going to have a blast with blog365.
    I am on my way to check out Life List.
    Much bloglove,

  11. I hope you have a wonderful 2008!

  12. mrsgatt says:

    Suzy Q, I love your list. I want to see a photo of that green kitchen. Happy New Year!

  13. renate1945 says:

    Susan, if you need help translating your Grandfather’s German letters, I might be able to help, unless they are in the “old style” German. Let me know.

  14. Pamela says:

    hee hee… I’ll write my list on an envelope and send it to you!!!

    Happy New Year.

    (PS. no resolutions. But I should have!)

  15. i don’t care too much for resolutions…i’ve made a few in the past & some worked out, some did not. but in the end, something like a life list is more beneficial for prioritizing! i have one in an old journal & i love it!

    happy new year to you & yours!!

  16. Cheryl says:

    Very cool idea. I tagged the site to do my own. My resolution for the year is to clean out my closets. Lame, but…

  17. photowannabe says:

    Hi, Yep I’m a snoop too. I think the life list is a great idea. think i will have to start one myself.

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