The First Day of the Year

Here it is – 2013.  The Mayans were wrong.  Wait – actually, the Mayan Calendar Doomsday Interpreters were wrong.  I imagine the Mayans are sitting somewhere around a warm campfire laughing at anyone who believed the world was ending.  Their world ended, but not ours. So what do we now do with that world?

Will you be a participant or a watcher this year?  Will I choose to do more or to sit back and watch others do the work?  I want to be hands-on involved this year.  In 2012, I took a backseat.  Some of that was necessary.  Health issues were at the forefront of my thought and action processes.  But this year, I am past most of that and plan on doing a lot more than by standing.  I am making my opinions (quietly) known on social media.  I have donated (a little) to those issues that I feel are important.  I will continue that.  It makes me feel involved.  And good.

I will write more.  That also makes me feel good.  I will begin yoga.  I need exercise and I need a change.  I will seek to prioritize and focus on people and events that are meaningful – and fun!  I need more fun!  I will work harder on allowing people to be who they are and not trying to change those I see need changing (in my opinion).  I will send more thank you’s and notes of appreciation.  I do want people to know when I feel that way.  These are not resolutions.  They are going to become habits.  Gratitude will be at the top of the list.

I want to travel more.  Not necessarily big places which take long periods of time to get there, although I’d like a couple of those.  Just get out and experience more people.  That is what the world is about to me – other people.  And to maintain my sanity, I need more people.

Other things come to mind – read more, cook more, eat more healthily.  But instead of overloading my plate so that I end up doing none of it, I’ll be selective and stick with the first group.  I’m deeply glad to see 2013 arrive here and I’m ready for the challenge.  Happy New Year to everyone!

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2013 Looms

Time to be thinking about the new year and what possibilities exist there for accomplishment.  I do believe I need a new goal.  Sometimes those are more difficult to decide on than others.  In the past, I had school to get through as well as raising children and working in our business.  Those things are past now (although the business continues in capable hands).  So what shall I choose for 2013?

This is about choice, much as the rest of life is as well.  What choices will we make that will shape our destiny and our future?  Will you add a class this year?  Learn something completely new? Or is your pathway set and you are happy to be where you are?  This past year, I completed my first self-published book and my master’s thesis.  Those were rather large things for me.  Yet I know I’m much happier when pursuing a goal or a dream.

What is next on the horizon?  I will be teaching American History for the first time, so learning about it will be vital (I’m a European History major – this ought to be interesting!).    I am taking an online class in February on writing.  But, for some reason, all that feels like old goals.  “Follow Your Dream.”  I heard that again on a commercial recently, and as often as I have heard it, it reverberated for some reason.  What are those dreams? Do I still want to write?  Have I had the “writing bug” beaten out of me for a while?   How do you decide what your dreams are, and what you would like to do with the rest of your life?  I really would love to know.

2013.  Hmmmmm…