Do you set goals or resolutions for a new year? Are you a person who sets an intention word or board? How do you handle the change over with the possibilities of a “clean slate”?
Or are you a person who doesn’t feel the need to do any of the above? Do you live every day as a “clean slate”, making goals all through the year?
Often in December my thoughts turn to plans and intentions for the coming year. I’ve done “resolutions” with some successes and some failures. I’ve sent “intention words” into the universe with some unexpected results. And some years I’ve bah-humbuged (sp?) the entire issue.
This year I find myself thinking of the things “I want” to accomplish in the coming year. As compared to when I was younger and thought of the things “I should” accomplish due to societal pressures or work goals. Yes, that means that getting healthier will be on the list (and the most likely includes some weight loss); but I find it’s driven more from a desire to live as long as I can without chronic conditions and daily meds, rather than from the youthful “gotta look perfect” thoughts I once held.
As a side note, one day while I was thinking of a snack, and contemplating an apple, I was talking to DH (dear husband) over the phone and told him that I’d eat more fruit for a snack but it’s so much more EXPENSIVE than a cookie or some other non-nutrient type snack. His reply to me sent me into COMPLETE SILENCE (that doesn’t happen often when he and I talk as we like to talk to each other). His reply was simple “Only in the short term.” That’s all he said but it got me to thinking. (darn him, he CAN do that to me! Make me think that is!) Oh, and I had the apple and always have a bag of apples and some sort of citrus fruit in the house now. ;>)
But back to the plans for the New Year, the year 2012, a year with so much uncertainty in it. Though doesn’t every new year, or new day, hold a degree of certainty? Okay, the plans. Here’s where I’m headed this year. The list may be whittled down, refined, revised, revamped; since it’s my list, that’s my perogative, right?
1. Be consciously aware of my health and make healthy choices daily. (but I already told you that).
2. Knit 12 pairs of socks this year! One pair a month. Now I know I can do this, if I can just convince myself to SIT DOWN. It’s not hard in the winter, but once the days start getting longer it’s so hard to sit down in the evenings.
3. COMPLETE the 2 show quilts that are designed and in process.
4. Learn to master my loom. (starting with truly understanding how to warp it!)
5. Expand my spinning style beyond fingering weight into more chunky yarns.
That’s where I’m at, so far! As I said, my list may change, revamp, be revisited, etc, etc.
As for my intention word for the year, I have not gone there mentally yet. I am not sure I feel the need to do that this year. This may be the year I stop trying to CONTROL the future, but allow myself to ENJOY it as it unfolds.
Where are you at this season of ever-lengthening days and new beginnings?