Sunday, January 1, 2012

Finding The Joy ~ 2012 Edition

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!
xoxo, Anita


  1. Happy New Year! I don't make resolutions but I like your plans. x

  2. sooooo much joy and peace to you
    in your plans
    and I set my hope with yours
    for that first walk together
    ....and the dance!
    Hope your love for each other
    grows while the mending happens:)
    grace, grace, grace,

  3. Look at those flowers! Beautiful.
    I like your idea of re-committing to things that are important to you.
    Best wishes to you and the mister for happiness and health in 2012!


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