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2014 will bring about regrets and New Year's resolutions to better yourself

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This year’s, New Year’s resolutions, started earlier in December 2013, forever known as the year that spun out of control. With an elderly mother whose dementia rose above sanity, old friends who never made it through the year and the ghosts of those who never walked out of 1969.

All this brought me to search out the prospect of going back to school, something I always wanted to do. My prerequisite for college started with money, or rather the lack of, and the need for an online college.

Feet up surfing the net, while the television blared, the remote pointed at the television like a weapon running through the roster of channels, trying to decide on horror, or dogs, cats, car chases, explosions, bra commercials mixers, anime, or the history channel, all those channels and nothing on.

It is a good thing that my TV remote isn’t solar powered.

While glancing up and away from my laptop, half-listening to the television and eighty-five percent to my laptop, add in distraction of one-hundred percent, and not paying attention to either one. *Math has never been my friend.

You can call me- a multitasking genius at getting absolutely nothing done.

Then this year’s New Year resolution appeared as a commercial for Full Sail University. It glided along the television just as an ad appeared on the upper right hand corner of my computer screen, smiling happy faces taking online classes and excelling; I clicked on the ad and filled out my info.

Within seconds, my phone rang… literally! I was so impressed the urge to fill out a few more forms came over me - just to see if the phone would ring again.

Instead, I answered the phone.

Within a few minutes, I had the web address to fill out the FAFSA form, all this in an attempt to acquire a Pell Grant -money for school from the government.

I filled out Full Sails online form. Over the next few days after talking to a couple of different people and found myself set up for classes.

Within days the FAFSA came through and I found myself nearly set up in a loan, that would have to be paid back when I finished the classes…Time to slow down. The few thousand for an education that would have me taking on a debt that wasn’t what I wanted. I passed on it.

"I don’t need no stinking debt!" Can you guess who I’m channeling? Go on, guess!

1. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

2. The monkeys, or

3. Blazing saddles

......Or, all of the above:-)

Hearing that I had to go into debt in order to continue my education, gave me that same feeling similar to the level of disappointment absorbed while watching cooking shows. You know what I mean, those delicious looking meals made with twenty expensive ingredients. All that ambitious vigor, mix in some ill-informed territory and then the reality of empty spice racks, pantry and bank account.

Feels the same as 1977; Elvis Presley died and Star Wars hit the theaters.

List of the top things that are on people New Year’s resolution list, well mine

1) Losing weight;- if by chance I happen to lose the weight it always comes back to roost around Easter. Chocolate bunnies are my undoing.

2) Downsize a closet; – this only works if the first one is accomplished, otherwise we all need two sizes up and down.

3) Read more; -Books are waiting I just need a chance at sitting down

4) Take a class earn degree; -well that’s how this article started and I need to make money so I can take a class to help me make more money…life is going around and around.

I started the last month of 2013 with a dream that ended by New Year’s Eve. I wonder, can I live this New Year without expectations and sticky note lists and wondering how low can I get my cholesterol just by not eating fast food…? Share laughter with a friend.

How about you, have you thought of what you are striving for in this new year of 2014?


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