It's a brand new year! I lovelove the feeling of fresh starts, new opportunities and new discoveries that comes with it. This year holds special promise for us; the success of the mister's surgery brings with it the opportunity to do many of the things (golfing! bide riding!) that we have been unable to do together for a while now. Though to be honest, I am most looking forward to our first long walk, and first dance. Yay!
On the subject of goals, I laid those out for myself pretty well in October when I wrote my 101 In 1001 list. I keep pretty mindful of it, though I need to devote more time to reading. I will also be starting two of the items on the list today; a new 365 photo project (my first attempt was a fail!), and recommitting to a daily yoga practice.
On to the subject of New Year's resolutions. I love the concept of new commitments, but am also mindful that the failure rate is pretty high; I've failed at a few myself! However, I do believe that there are ways that we can up the odds for success. Being specific is helpful; too specific or setting the bar too high invites failure, at least for me.
For example, I would love to say that I will create something new every week, but the first week that my crazy life gets me off track will be the end of it. So instead, I resolve to work on something creative every week. Not letting more than a few days pass without being creative is actually good for my overall happiness.
My second resolution is something that I try to do every day, but it is helpful to renew my commitment to it from time to time. I resolve to find the joy in the moments, all of them. I recognize that just because I imagine some happy thing presenting itself wrapped with a pretty pink bow, overlooking the thing tied with an orange ribbon instead is risking letting a moment of joy pass me by. Joy is there in all of the moments. Sometimes we have to adjust our focus to see it clearly, but it is there. I resolve not to overlook it.
Happy 2012, dear friends! I hope that it is your best year ever! Do you set goals and/or make resolutions on New Year's day? I would love to hear!