Friday, December 31, 2010

two thousand and eleven

The beginning of a new year is a wonderful time. I love the celebration and the revved up resolve to follow through with things we want to start doing, continue doing, or cease doing in the next twelve months. There are some things in the past year that I would opt to do-over, yet most experiences I wouldn't give back for world. After all, learning flourishes from the mistakes we make.

Here is my latest edition of New Years Resolutions for the year 2011:

1. Have more patience.
2. Read more for the enjoyment of reading.
3. Exercise more, for the betterment of the body as well as the mind.
4. Have more quiet time.
5. Take a chance, a leap of faith.

On a similar (though in some ways opposite...) note, I came across this interesting blog post the other day here. The innately intelligent and witty Erin Loechner not only posts her "goals" for the New Year, but also her "non-goals" as she refers to them. This is a list made up of things she's done well in the past year that she wishes to continue doing throughout the coming new year. I thought the idea was brilliant as it is important give yourself a supportive pat on the back every once in a while for a job well-done.

In following suit, here is my very first edition of New Years "Non-Resolutions" for the year 2011:

1. Staying true to myself, my values, and my beliefs.
2. Discovering and embracing more of a servant's heart.
3. Valuing the importance of family.
4. Flossing at least once a day for the entire 6 months in between dentist visits (a goal I set following my July 2010 dentist appointment and carried all the way through to my most recent December 2010 dentist appointment- benefits were seen in full!)
5. Studying, studying...and more studying- and it payed off!

Happy New Years everyone!
May your 2011 be as blessed (and fashionable) as the departing year.

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