Every New Year’s Eve, I try to carve out a little bit of time to sit down and write out my New Year’s resolutions. This is not always easy to do, and this year is no exception. I have already been reminded that the laundry needs to be switched from the washer to the dryer, the dog has to be fed and walked, and we have to leave in an hour for the UCONN Huskies game. A woman’s work is never done …
Fortunately, I’ve been working on the list in my head for several weeks now. And I've jotted down a few lines here and there over the past two days. So it didn’t take too long to solidify it.
The hardest thing for me this year was melding my various, rather haphazard goals into a single, logical list. Yesterday I heard a radio show discussing one of the popular chef challenges: taking three random ingredients and creating a tasty meal out of them in just 20 minutes. I can relate.
My three “random ingredients” were:
- 52 Books in 52 Weeks Challenge (http://www.read52booksin52weeks.com/p/about-52-books.html), which I’ve wanted to participate in ever since I heard about it
- The monthly REVolutions I introduced in my first “Occupy North Street” blog post
- The general, more common resolution-type goals most of us are familiar with (i.e., eat better, exercise more, keep the house cleaner, etc.)
Molding the three together meant getting rid of the template of prior years’ goals and creating a new one. It also meant that, for the first time, I would not be starting every single goal on January 1. Definitely a good thing! (Whose idea was it anyway to start positive goals in the middle of the dreariest, most enervating time of the year?) In effect, this year I will be making REVolutions every month instead of just at the beginning of the year. More doable? Only time will tell.
At first I tried to assign each goal to a specific category in its corresponding month. But there were some things I wanted to start right away. And there were a few stragglers that couldn’t be neatly categorized. So I decided to start out the new year with the all-encompassing “PERSONAL GROWTH” category, in which I was able to dump all the miscellaneous stuff, including the books and the blogging. I even have a vague notion that I might be able to tie in the contents of my books into whichever aspect of my life I’m working on. (Though my penchant for true crime might prove difficult to put a happy face on.)
So without further ado – and because it’s time to get dressed for the game – here is my list of 2012 REVolutions:
JANUARY: PERSONAL GROWTH
- New blog
- 52 Books in 52 Weeks
- Rededicate myself to FlyLady methods
- Discover-a-town (more on this later …)
- More laughter!
- More music!
- Improve prayer/meditation practice
MARCH: WORK AND CAREER
MAY: HOUSEHOLD MANAGEMENT
JUNE: HEALTH AND FITNESS
JULY: LEISURE ACTIVITIES
SEPTEMBER: PERSONAL STYLE
NOVEMBER: LIFELONG LEARNING
I invite you to share your list of REVolutions here or on Facebook, and to comment, question or criticize mine!
Happy New Year to all!