Friday, January 1, 2010

Starting with a clean slate.

I've never been one for New Year's Resolutions. It's just too much pressure.

On the one hand, though, I like the idea of having a brand new year. A clean slate. 12 months of possibilities. It's like a breath of fresh air.

Last year was quite a year. Sure, there was nothing monumental, but I did a lot of growing. Had a few growing pains, in fact. But - I'm grateful for all that happened and for the realizations I made.

I did a lot of reflecting on things. Things like - what really brings me joy? What do I need more of, and what can I get by with less of? What do I need to feel balanced, to feel well, to feel like my priorities are in line?

So, this year I'm not making resolutions, but I'm establishing just a few goals for myself. It's hard to not just sit here and just brainstorm stuff that I want to get done this year. Two or three months ago, if I'd decided to sit down and come up with a list of goals for 2010, the list would have easily been a few pages long.

BUT! I'm learning to put less pressure on myself. To let some things go, and to try and have less stress and anxiety in my life. So, I'm setting the bar lower. Realizing that less is more. And this is what I'm going for this year.

*Being WELL. To me, this means taking care of myself - eating right, regularly doing exercise that I love, getting good sleep, setting boundaries where they need to be set, and realizing that I don't have to do everything and be everything.

*Reading like crazy. These past couple months I've been reading voraciously, and even though it may sound corny, it's making me such a happier person! It's like I've rediscovered my favorite past time, and I am absolutely loving getting lost in a good book.

*Enjoying life and relishing in the small things. This could mean ditching the laundry for watching my backlogged episodes of Grey's Anatomy and eating a chocolate bar, or it could mean remembering that playing with Kaylee is more important than anything else I need to do in my day. It means keeping my family and friends my first priorities, and trying not to sweat stuff that really doesn't matter in the long run.

Do tell me what you are hoping for this year!


Anonymous said...

I'm not big on resolutions either. I really hope to read more in 2010. I was going to start tonight, but my eyes already hurt. There's always tomorrow. ;)

Deb said...

i totally get this. i am such an "all or nothing" person... i set the bar very high and when i don't reach it, i just tend to throw in the towel and do NOTHING. i really need to work on finding the balance this year.

happy new year, girlfriend!

Molly said...

I love your resolutions! You gotta take care of you and enjoy life in the process!

Happy New Years!!

kys said...

I am hoping that 2010 is better than 2009.

Happy New Year!

Jenners said...

Any resolution that involves "reading like crazy" is one that I can get behind!!! You go girl! I'll be right there with you. And I think taking time to enjoy the little things is whole key to happiness.

And I think you saw my crazy list of goals for 2010 ... but I'm already having so much fun with them!

Here's to a wonderful 2010!

Anonymous said...

nice post. thanks.