I hope everyone had a wonderful New Year's Day celebration. Now that the holidays are over we can finally return to some sense of normalcy. 

The beginning of a new year is an opportunity for me to set some new goals and make some positive changes in my life. 

When I make a resolution, I try to make it simple and small, yet effective. 

I notice that sometimes if I make my goal to big, I set myself up for failure. So I like to start small and eventually those small steps will make a bigger difference, and lead me to make a bigger goal next time. 

One of the goals I have set out for 2019, is walking my dog on a daily basis. I do take her for walks but it's a hit and miss. Some days we're up for it, other days we're not. 

When she doesn't want to go for a walk, she lets me know by running and hiding under the bed. Other days when she is ready to go, she'll wait by the door. She is potty trained so she lets me know when she needs to go outside, however she could use more of the long walks for the exercise.  

Once we're outside, she really enjoys her walks. Since she's an inside dog, she doesn't exercise as much as our outside dogs. 

To be honest, I don't exactly enjoy walking her, especially in the winter. It's cold, and sometimes she loves to take her sweet time sniffing every blade of grass and tree trunk along the way. So most of the time, the walks are solely for her benefit and because she enjoys them so much, I want to make it a point to take her out more often. 

Another resolution I plan to work on is putting my phone down and just enjoying what's around me. Sometimes we tend to become caught up in Facebook and all the  other social media apps that sometimes present a false sense of fulfillment and happiness. 

What's important is the moments you can enjoy without the use of your phone. I notice that I feel a lot of stress and negativity when I'm on Facebook. I tried deleting my personal Facebook account in the past, and just didn't have the will to do it. Also Facebook doesn't exactly make it easy to permanently delete the account.

Last year, I decided I was going to walk away from Facebook for good. I went to delete it and was given no option for permanent deletion. I was a little puzzled because I didn't believe it would be so difficult to rid myself of it. That was when I realized how much of a grip Facebook has on our society. 

I've often heard that Facebook is the "junk mail" of social media apps. And I believe that's true. 

Often times, I see such ridiculous posts on my timeline mostly advertisements that make me wonder how they got there in the first place. 

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