Now that all the presents are unwrapped, all the food has been prepared and eaten, and all the relatives have gone home, the real work begins. And I am not talking about the cleaning up. I have always been a person who has lots of hobbies. And who is big on self-development. And my family knows that. So they get me practical and thoughtful gifts, but gifts which require some action other than just trying them on for size. So I was thinking about it. What if the only thing I did this year (instead of New Year’s resolutions) was to commit to using all the gifts I received to their fullest potential? Here’s what would happen:
- Photography book: This book is specific to my camera, which I have been complaining about since I got it. Not because it isn’t a nice camera. It is. And that means I don’t know how to use it in the way that was intended. Countless memories have either not been captured or have been blurry due to my inability to use said camera. So, if I can manage to read this entire book, I’ll be a damn good photographer at the end of the year. And maybe you, my audience, will benefit, as surely some of those awesome photos will end up here.
- Telephoto lens: See above, but basically, this will make all the photos of sporting events or mountain scenes even more awesome.
- Wii Just Dance 2016: I love me some Wii Dance workouts, but whenever I get a new one, I assume this means I will be doing it daily and will thus lose 10 pounds. The good news is, I have already tested out this one out. The bad news, I think I may have injured myself. Here’s hoping I can pop this disk in on a regular basis, while teaching my son to not get under my feet as I try.
- Moms into Fitness – Pretty Fierce: Let me just say that I did ask for this. And so shall ye receive! So, I have now committed myself to the 60-day training program that this set of DVDs contains. I managed to do one workout (see this post), which kicked my butt. But now I must manage to get up five days a week for the next eight weeks in order to complete the program. And then there is the
- Vegan Cookbook (see this post): If I actually try all the 100 recipes in this cookbook, my family will be well on our way to living a Vegan lifestyle. And I assume this can only help my waistline (in conjunction with #3 and #4, above). I’ll let you know how that goes…
I certainly received some other awesome gifts, but these are the ones that really require some action on my part. So, basically, by year’s end, I should be an awesome photographer who is in really great shape due to working out and living a Vegan lifestyle. And all just from the gifts I received in one day. But please note, nowhere in this post have I committed to all the above actions. I’m just being hopeful that at least some will occur.
What gift did you get this year that could really make a difference in your life, but you’re not sure you’ll have time to really use?