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We’re entering the final days of 2014 — how did you do on your New Year’s resolutions these past 11.75 months? Is there any leftover item to be carried over to 2015?

Quitting smoking was a big goal for 2014, and I haven’t achieved it. Someone I know quit about two months ago. Cold turkey. My daughter also smokes and she has pretty much given up the real things in favor of a vapor cigarette — which she smokes almost exclusive with only the occasional real thing. (I don’t like them very much — I know a cigarette would taste better.)

I wanted to exercise more, and a goal I set for myself was cycling from our house into “town”, a distance of about 3-4 miles on a bicycle path most of the way. Then I injured my knee last spring, which interrupted my practicing at the gym. That took a number of months to heal, but it’s just fine now. In early summer I damaged a tendon in my shoulder and when I realized it just wasn’t healing on it’s own, I went to physical therapy for four weeks, twice a week. Obviously these injuries couldn’t have been foreseen, but it meant that my goal of working out more didn’t happen. I still do yoga regularly, but injury and physical therapy cut into some of my yoga time!

So those two important items go on my list again.

I achieved the goal (nearly) of writing every day — particularly due to Postaday, but I haven’t worked much on my children’s writing… except in my head, but I don’t think that counts.

I wanted to learn and be able to teach a programming language, like Python, to teach in an after-school class to interested middle-schoolers. I discovered programming about ten years ago, and while I don’t know any to a great extent, I know enough to teach basic lessons, and find that kids enjoy programming and benefit from its logical sequencing and attention to detail.

Haven’t done that! Wow, it’s beginning to seem like I haven’t achieved a lot during the last year, but certainly life throws out its own challenges and surprises that must be dealt with just when I have different things in mind. And I’ve certainly been busy, sometimes wondering how I managed when taught part-time.

As I get older, I’m grateful for my good health, and will continue with all health check-ups and preventative measures. Family will continue to be a priority, but I’m glad I have other varied interests — it’s a blessing to have good friends and family nearby (mostly). We’ve just added an adorable granddaughter to our assortment, and she’s as beautiful as all the others, and getting to know her will be fun. She’s already the center of attention in her household including her three brothers and one sister.

So I can make my plans, but be flexible enough to take advantage of whatever comes along.

Who knows what 2015 will bring?

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