Happy New Year! The holidays passed in a blur of travel, tree-cutting, Handel's Messiah, time with family and friends, walks in our old neighborhood in Boston, a belated Christmas celebration with my parents, a broken furnace (welcome to home ownership!), skiing and festivities in Vail with friends, and finally a mustache and wig New Year's Eve party tonight! Whether you are one for resolutions or not, I find it is hard to let the arrival of a new year pass without thinking about what you want to focus on or accomplish in the coming year. It is a natural time to hit the reset button and take a step back to think about what is important and who or what deserves more focus in the next year.
For the record, I'm a resolutions girl. For as long as I can remember, I've started each year by making a list of resolutions. I try not to fret about those that I didn't accomplish; if I still want to work toward them, I add them to the list for the next year. If not, I let them fall to the wayside. If you enjoy goal setting, resolutions, etc., I'd suggest reading Gretchen Rubin's The Happiness Project. Her book offers a methodical and relatable approach to changing aspects of your life with which you are not happy. I'm making it sound like a self help book, which it isn't...
I keep my resolutions in a running Word document so I can look back to see what I wanted to accomplish in, say, 2006. It is comforting to see that I've moved away from goals like "lose 10 pounds" to focus instead on reading, visiting family and friends, being creative, and working toward achieving life goals. I do try to make most of the goals measurable (e.g., read 30 books, run a marathon in X time). And I love reading over my resolutions from time to time during the year to remind myself of what I want to accomplish.
Do you set New Year's Resolutions or goals for the coming year? If so, care to share any of them? I'll start things off... I want to read at least 30 books for pleasure, improve my golf game (this means playing more than twice like I did this year), work on my calligraphy (that's a holdover from last year), make homemade cards for two holidays, run a sub-3 hour marathon, travel to 2 new countries (I have my eye on SE Asia), and really celebrate holidays! The last one is something I've been thinking a lot about lately - I want to think more about making holidays (not just Christmas, but all holidays) into a celebration by doing something special to acknowledge the day. It might mean sending cards to friends or inviting folks over for a dinner party or just putting up a few decorations, but generally just enjoying the opportunity to celebrate.
Happy New Year!