New Year’s Thoughts

31 Dec
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So, I found this thing about New Year‘s and it’s not really about goals/resolutions so much as making 2012 the best year yet. I can like that. So, here goes:

Prompts — all answers will be in past tense to suggest that I have already done them, the thought behind that being that if you think about goals in a way that they are things you have already accomplished, you’re more likely to do so. Anyway, here goes.

1. Because I wanted to make 2012 count, I… got my fitness certifications (btw, BIG NEWS: I’m teaching my very own class at the YMCA starting Monday!)

2. Because fear of failure was no longer a good enough reason to not do it, in 2012 I… wrote a short story

3. Because I listened to the whispers inside, in 2012 I… stopped worrying about my weight

4. Because the things that brought me joy in childhood still do, in 2012 I… read a new book every month (I read a lot as a child; I have a 2 year old — we play a lot, so I share my childhood joys with her every day)

5. Because simple pleasures are so rich, in 2012 I… cooked one new recipe a month

6. Because my body has served me so beautifully all these years, in 2012 I… ran 2 Half Marathons!

7. Because the world needs my service, in 2012 I… volunteered to help needy families. I taught a class this past semester on stewardship and ethical responsibility and the students opted to do community service as a final project — it was inspiring and I plan to do the same and hopefully include my husband and daughter.

8. Because of the remarkable people who have loved me and made me who I am, in 2012 I… threw an awesome 50th birthday party for my husband, ran a race with my dad (and didn’t trip him) and took a trip with my husband & daughter.

9. Because I am willing to believe in the power of forgiveness, in 2012 I… went back to church

10. Because the silence had gone on long enough, in 2012 I…. am not sure about this one. I gave my daughter a drum for Christmas. Does that count?

11. Because I am so blessed, in 2012 I… am not sure about this one either. I am quite blessed but I  don’t know what to say about it. I am thankful and astonished everyday that I have a mostly super awesome husband and a beautiful daughter whose curiosity and enthusiasm delight me every day. I remembered this thought every time my husband had to work late, my daughter colored her skin (again) and I lost my keys. I am blessed.

12. Because I wanted, in the last days of my life, to remember this year with tears of gratitude, in 2012 I… spent as much time as possible with my family


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