Happy new year!
I love the new year so much, I celebrate it twice — the calendar new year on January 1, and the start of my personal new year on my birthday in August. I really get a boost from the symbolism of the start of a fresh new year, full of possibilities. That’s part of what I love about making resolutions — I see them as goals that will support my personal growth in the coming year. I try to keep my resolutions just “out there” enough that I will have to stretch myself to attain them, but ultimately do-able. For instance, one of my goals this year is Streamline Housekeeping. Am I going to master housekeeping this year — perhaps to publish the definitive text on the subject?! No way. Instead I am giving myself permission to hone in on this aspect of domestic life for the month of January in hopes that I will figure out some tricks and clear out some stuff so that the rest of the year I will have more energy to invest in joyful work and play!
Ultimately it doesn’t matter to me when my attention to the pursuit of my resolutions begins to flag, around Memorial Day… I feel that I get a lot of benefit from this winter exercise of considering the year ahead, what I want to achieve, and writing it all down even if I don’t complete the exercise. Plus I usually choose to “reboot” at my birthday. Having said that, I’m going to print out this year’s resolutions and put them in the binder I use every week to keep tabs on papers and dates and things for the family. Out of sight, out of mind is definitely true for me.
Here are my “big picture” goals for the new year:
- Streamline Housekeeping
- Automate Dinnertime (i.e. get back to a monthly menu of meals, including at least two vegetarian meals per week)
- Get Outdoors (camping, bird-watching, sightseeing, hiking)
- Make Things (buy a sewing machine and sign up for classes!)
- Work Out (develop a strength-training routine and yoga practice)
- Invest In Adventures (time and money, a trip to Maine is on my mind…)
What do you want to accomplish in 2013?