Thoughts For A New Year

Thoughts For A New Year

Happy New Year everyone!  It is hard to believe that not only 2009, but the entire ’00′ decade has come to a close.  And while there is still no real consensus on what to refer to the past 10 years as (Zeroies? Double aughts? Oh-ohs?), I am filled with amazement, pride, and satisfaction at what they brought to the Oldweiler family.  

Looking back to when I rang in the year 2000, it is unbelievable how different my life was.  Was my life ‘easier’?  Hard to say.  Sure, it’s true I wasn’t spending sleepless nights worrying about the safety and security of my three children…I wasn’t stressed and frustrated over my career-path…I wasn’t dealing with the challenges of managing and maintaining a budget for five people.  So, to look at these qualifications, one might say that ‘sure’, my life might have been easier 10 years ago.  But in no way does that make it better.  Not by a long shot.

Over the past 10 years I have learned so much about myself, and I find myself struggling to comprehend just how great my life really is.  I am surrounded by wonderful friends, caring and supportive parents, an amazing wife, and the three most precious children ever.  The role of ‘husband’ and ‘father’ has not always been easy for me to assume, and has presented some unique challenges along the way, but I find myself getting better and better at it each day.  I couldn’t ask for anything more than the loving friendship Jen and I have built over the years…and I can only hope that my children will eventually learn as much from me as I have from them.

So, as I sat with friends and family on December 31, 2009, I jotted down some thoughts and ramblings about what I wanted out of the next ten years.  Perhaps it’s easy to refer to them as ‘resolutions’, but I prefer to think of them as ‘little-ways-to-make-my-life-more-enjoyable’, (in turn, make myself more enjoyable to those around me!).  While I won’t bore you all with ALL of my ramblings, perhaps a simple list of some of my intentions might prove insightful into what I will be striving for over the next year/decade/etc.  Here’s a peek at what I intend to do ‘more’ of, and (comparatively) – ‘less’ of:

saving / spending
talking / yelling
active / lounging
water / beer
quality-time with family / quality-time with computers
reading / television
time outdoors / time indoors
positive / negative

I have many, many more goals/wants/aspirations/etc. tumbling around my brain, but I will go ahead and keep those to myself.  And while I never intended this post to be sooooooo looooooong, I do thank you for reading and caring about me and my amazing family.  I wish all of you the best in 2010 and beyond!


PS. Here is a fun, short little video of CJ celebrating New Year’s Day, 2010:  (and in case you are wondering…’NO’, this was not a great way to nurse a killer-hangover!!)


  1. I had a lot of smart-aleck responses but I thought those might belittle your New Year and I like your resolutions enough to not want to tarnish them; although I think I am going to work on a little more lounging, I so love it.

    We could help each other be more positive at work if when negative we just kick each other in the shins as hard as can be.

    Fun fact for the New Year, spell check suggested Smartypants with a number of my smart-aleck spellings.

  2. Rusty

    What a fantastic list! We should all use it!

    Have a GREAT decade!

  3. Mom (a.k.a. Grandma)

    No way was the post too long for me! I agree with Rusty in that we all could use your More/Less List. You did alot of “living life to the fullest” in the last decade and the next one promises to be just as exciting, fulfilling, and rewarding. Enjoy every minute!
    P.S. I am speechless as far as the spiderman/flute video goes :)

  4. Uncle Charley & Aunt Kathy

    Loved all your 2010 “resolutions”…….we should all be practicing more of those same ones! We are in sunny FL. for the month of Jan. starting our new year out right!!! We hope you & your family have a wonderful New Year too. LOVED CJ’s video……great blackmail material when he turns 16 or for his first date. HeHe Love to you all!
    Uncle Charley & Aunt Kathy

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