Happy New Year!
A new chance to change things, do things, see things, try things, be things, celebrate things, eat things, learn things, experience things.
A fresh start. A clean slate. A big fat do-over.
I love it.
I try not to get caught up in the resolution-making, but I have to admit, it's hard. I LOVE this time of year, when everything feels new and the possibilities seem endless. I love making fresh lists of things I want to do, to change, to learn. I love making goals for our family and seeing how we ranked with last year's ideas. I love how it feels like the universe has handed me a new page for my own little book and said, "take what you've learned and do better." January always feels to me like a welcoming old friend who I haven't seen in awhile. Go ahead, sit down, tell me your dreams and then let's get to work.
What's better than that?
Last year, I tried to tackle the ever elusive BALANCE that's needed in my life. In some ways, I succeeded. In others, I continued to suck it up but the important thing is that I tried, I learned and I got better. I worked on saying no. I took time for myself. I gave myself more wholly to my children. I nurtured and loved my husband. And all of that feels really good. So good that it's left me searching for a new word to focus on this year.
This is always the hard part. I find myself coming up with words that I think should be my focus but it always takes having them roll around in my little head for awhile before I decide if they're the right one. Usually, they aren't and so the search continues. And then, when I wasn't even thinking about it, my word came to me. Isn't that usually the way?
And so, my word for 2011 is...
(to take or accept gladly or eagerly; to accept willingly; to enclose and encircle)
Doesn't that sound lovely? I've always been a person who has looked at the whys of a situation; why did this happen? why didn't this happen? I've rarely looked at situations and not seen what's wrong with them. And you know what? I don't like that. I don't want to be that person. I want to roll with the punches and look for the silver lining. I want to see all that's good, all the blessings I have and how fortunate I am and leave all the negativity in the past.
So that's my goal. My pledge. To embrace what comes, whatever it may be and learn all I can from what comes my way. And I'm excited to get started.
What are you itching to do this year?