"We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives... not looking for flaws, but for potential." ~Ellen Goodman
It's a new year; time to Take Stock and Get Serious about resolutions. . . or intentions. . . or plans. . . or goals (whatever we choose to call them). Although I don't like to bog myself down with public pronouncements of Big Changes I plan to make in my life, I do like to use the turning of the new calendar to think about what I might DO.
I've decided that, this year, it's all about potential! I want to go places, try things, and have a little adventure. I want to find ways to express my creativity, learn new things, and meet new people. I want to organize, simplify, and minimize. I want some time and space for quiet solitude, for reflection, and for making connections. And I want to keep moving and stretching, diving right in . . . but keeping my perspective.
What am I going to DO?
- Knit what I feel like -- and preferrably from my (very nice) stash.
- Focus on my photography -- joining Project 360 and learning to use Photoshop.
- Celebrate my own Year-of-the-Tree: replacing the diseased Crabapple with a Red Bud; the storm-ravaged Hawthorn with a River Birch; and adding a Kousa Dogwood to the back yard. . . just because I want one.
- Organize my garden inventory, plans, and maintenance schedule with one of the online garden journal programs (think Ravelry for the garden!).
- Brush up on my French.
- Plan a couple of trips -- Paris and Belgium and Amsterdam with my sister; Nova Scotia with Tom.
- Settle on a new fitness program -- now that my old one has been completely upended by my job. Zumba? Spinning? Running?
- Explore even MORE new recipes and cooking techniques! Last year, I took on bread and fish (with great success!). . . now I want to add French cuisine and MORE vegetables.
- Use things up; recycle whatever I can; buy less to begin with; and clean out those closets.
- Little bites. Maybe I don't have the time to clean a WHOLE closet. . . but I bet I have time to tackle one shelf. Or one drawer.
- Just do it! Put in steps down the hill in the backyard and plant some things to halt the erosion.
- Stay on the same reading plan -- mostly-contemporary-fiction-with-a-good-number-of-classics-and-at-least-three-nonfictions-thrown-in. This year, I want to focus on women authors (but not exclusively).
- Keep thinking about my personal philanthropy -- and how I can make it meaningful for myself and my family.
- It's time for a little redecorating. There are a few areas around the house that could use a little sprucing up . . . especially as Erin will need to furnish her own apartment soon (see "recycle whatever I can" above).
- Host a dinner party or two.
- Since I haven't had much luck finding a book group since moving to Kalamazoo (seven years ago!), I think it's time to start one of my own.
So. . . there you have it! 2011. Nothing but potential!