so i put myself on the hook to discuss aspirations/hopes/wishes/resolutions for the new year. i'm not going to lie, in tasking myself with this assignment, i began to feel a bit stressed in trying to concoct some profound goals for 2012. to add insult to injury, i'm already a little blue that the year is ending. does anyone else get melancholy after the holidays? it's like we go, go, go in the month of december, only to flatline right after christmas. it's a down i've never gotten used to*.
regardless, i still want to reflect on 2011 and develop achievable/manageable goals for 2012 (that's what the experts recommend anyway). i'll be honest, if left to my own devices i wouldn't even bother tackling such a chore, but my better half is a HUGE believer in setting goals. he owns his own business and every self-made-millionaire-entrepreneur-autobiography he has ever read recommends setting goals. who am i to argue?
i started searching the internet and reading stuff on my bookshelf, in hopes of inspiration striking and curing the writer's block i was experiencing, but to no avail. they say to step away from an exercise if you're feeling stuck. so i took the kids on a bike ride, went to the park, and then conducted a marathon star wars lego building session with my son. still stuck. then i happened upon a tweet from holly becker of decor8 which stated, "end of year ritual: list your accomplishments!" simple as they are, these were the words i needed. a positive push in the right direction. so, here we go:
- a year ago, i was one solid month into blogging with zero readers.
- two months in, i told my husband and sister about the blog. (yay, two new readers!)
- five months in, i attended a one day blogging workshop hosted by oh joy!. in that workshop, i stood up in front of 20 strangers and announced that i had a blog, and met an amazing fellow blogger. after this workshop, i thought: if i could tell 20 strangers about my blog, it was high time to announce the blog to my friends and family, which was met with great enthusiasm. (to this day i still don't understand why i waited so long...fear?)
- six months in, i started to get comments. yay!
- 10 months in and i participated in blogging your way - the best online blogging workshop, ever.
- 11 months in and i now have the best readers and commenters, and i feel really grateful for the community that is budding here. [psst, thank you!]
i could also list and talk about turning 40 (if you knew me in my younger days, reaching this age is a small miracle) and mom accomplishments, but i think i'll stop there.
now that i'm in the right state of mind, i can list my 2012 goals:
- read one book per month (before starting this blog, reading 2-3 books plus a full issue of vanity fair was no problem. now? thus, the goal.)
- take more photos (with the new camera i got for christmas! holler!)
- be present / get out of my head
- wake up each morning and think about how i can be a better person / go to bed each night and name one thing i'm grateful for
- draw, write, create, see the world...more (i.e., get away from the computer)
- try one cleanse / detox (any suggestions?)
- start yoga again
- take a class/course (byw 2.0, for sure! wishlist: blogshop. i would also lo...ve to attend alt. summit just to be around all that positive, creative blogging energy. 2013?)
- switch from blogger platform to wordpress
- continue growing this here blog, and building and nurturing blog community (you're the best!)
of course there's more, but i'll leave it at that. this post is by far the longest one i have ever written!! if you have gotten this far - thank you! you deserve some kind of medal, with whipped cream and a cheery on top. ALL of this banter is leading to what i really want to know: your accomplishments and goals. if the task seems too daunting, just give me one accomplishment for 2011 and one goal for 2012. you would be doing me a huge favor and filling me with endless joy (i really do love this kind of stuff especially since oprah went to cable).
thanks for reading, thanks for participating, and, most important, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!