It was also the craziest yet.
And while we're on the subject of 2011, I never made a single New Year's Resolution. Not one word, not one goal, not one thought towards how I could take that year and use it to improve myself somehow.
I blame the (wonderful! amazing!) cruise we took. We left on New Year's Eve, came back on January 8 and hit the ground running. I guess I didn't have my usual time at the New Year to use for introspection and goal-setting.
I did do really well at exercising for the first time ever. But, I dropped that ball (and treadmill) sometime during the opera performances this summer. And I undid much of my hard work by doing nothing. By not having specific goals.
But today marks the beginning of 2012. And I am not going on a cruise. Instead, I am using the time for introspection and goal-setting, and I have decided on a word for the year. I find I have the most success with the one word concept (in the past I've used care, simplify, order, and routine) as it helps me to focus my life via that one word. The word often stretches to all of the areas of my life that need work, so it is a nice way to easily remember my goals for myself.
At first, I figured I would use our family theme for this school year (Go & Do) as my word. But that didn't feel right to me. I guess I keep coming to the fact that I don't have a lot of trouble going and doing, and in fact maybe I go and do more than I should. (Unless we're talking about the gym--but never you worry, because I think I have it addressed rather nicely in the words I did choose.) In fact, I go and do so much, that perhaps I create more worry and stress for myself than is healthy.
There has been much stuff in my life that causes unnecessary heaviness this past year: Overscheduling. Weight. Debt. Clutter. SAD. Obligations. Habits.
So my word for 2012 is Lighten Up. (Okay, so that's two words--I like to be an over-achiever!)
If nothing else, I can lighten up my mood and my attitude. But I also hope to lighten up my whole life. To lighten up the debt load. To lighten up my schedule. To lighten up the clutter in my house and in my mind. To lose weight and lighten up my body. Together, all will combine to help me enjoy my life more and to become light enough so that I can truly soar.
I have a couple other goals that fit in to the theme in my mind, but perhaps not so obviously.
1. I am going to finally do Project 365, which is actually Project 366 this year. I will be posting the daily pictures on my photography blog. While it seems to be just one more thing to do, I feel like it will help me Lighten Up because it will help me recognize the moments and blessings in my life that I often miss while I am too busy being stressed out. I hope it will help me cultivate an attitude of optimism and gratitude and also help me learn how to stop and smell the roses. Or, in other words, how to lighten up. Today's post is here.
2. I am going to read 52 books in 2012 (GoodReads has a cool challenge...you can see my progress on the sidebar). I only did 35 in 2011, which shocked me. I haven't been reading as much for myself, which is another activity which relaxes me and helps me to keep priorities a little straighter. I always learn so much from the books I read and feel they help me to be a better human. And did I mention the relaxing thing? So, fewer reviews, more pleasure reading. Yeah. Lighten UP.
What are your goals for the New Year?