I’ve never been one to make resolutions in the new year. I’m much better with goals. Goals just seem more attainable. And, we talk about goals year-round. Conversations around resolutions tend to peak about mid-January and then fizzle from there.
First, a quick year in review.
The year 2010 was a pretty good one for me and my family. We had a few fun adventures with the whole family, including our first camping trip (with dogs) in Camden, Maine and a brief (though eventful) excursion to New York City the week before Christmas. I completed two graduate courses, while my husband dipped his toes into teaching undergraduate accounting, both at Southern New Hampshire University (in Brunswick, ME). The two of us also saw a few good concerts, including Breaking Benjamin and Guster. Best of all, we continue to love the work that we do day after day.
Biz turned 2 in November, while G turned 5 in July. Biz spoke his first sentence in March (“I want it”) and started the process of potty training. And, though he was a little hard to understand at first, now talks as much as, if not more, than his older brother. G lost 4 of his baby teeth, all around major holidays – two right before Independence Day, one on Christmas Eve and one on New Year’s Eve – and got 7 stitches in his arm. He also graduated preschool, started kindergarten and revealed more of his artistic side.
Oh yeah. I also started this blog. No complaints here regarding 2010. Really, I feel truly blessed.
Now, for my 2011 goals.
If I write them down, I’m more able to focus on them. Not to mention, remember them. Here goes:
- Continue to develop this blog. (I have a vision.)
- Complete my graduate work in nonprofit leadership at SNHU.
- Be present and patient. (I am still amazed by what I accomplish when I take these simple steps. I just wish they weren’t so hard for me to do.)
- Gain more freelance writing gigs.
- Live more philanthropically (and figure out what this means in the process).
- Take time for myself. I mean really take Time. For. Me. And not be left with unused vacation time at the end of the year.
- Eat more bacon. (Does this count as a goal? It does now.)
- Get my art back on. (I have a functional art room, supplies and a bunch of projects I’d like to work on. Time to act.)
- Simplify anything and everything I am able to.
- Dance with my kids more. 2010 didn’t have nearly enough dance parties.
Happy 1.1.11. Hope you’re off to a good start.