Friday, January 6, 2012

New Year's Resolutions in Celebration!

I've been pondering this post for a few weeks in an effort to whittle down a long list of potential resolutions into a short list I can actually remember.

My new friend, Janet (who writes a terrific blog about writing and other stuff) has selected a single word to represent her aspirations for 2012 - "focus". I thought it was an excellent choice - so excellent I considered selecting the same word until I came up with another I thought would be even better for me - Celebration!

2012 is going to be a big year of celebrations for Husband and me. We're both facing milestone birthdays (don't you just love euphemisms?), he's retiring, and we'll soon be marking the 25th anniversary of our first date. Since we plan use those occasions as excuses for a variety of parties and trips, "celebration" seems a fitting word to describe what much of the next year will be about.

But the word has a another significance for me too. If you've been reading this blog for awhile, you may have noticed the past year has had its challenges. In fact, parts of it were downright nasty. Now that I'm finally climbing out of the murky slough in which I found myself (once and for all, I hope), I realize just how lucky I was to have so many close friends and family who helped me through it. So 2012 will also be about celebrating the people who loved, supported and inspired me in 2011 - not to mention, all the important stuff I learned along the way.

Now, about that list of resolutions ... here are my top 3:
  1. Love more - by which I mean, take better care of the people I love, and be more compassionate, generous and forgiving generally.
  2. Take better care of myself - for starters, by being more compassionate towards myself, putting on a little weight, getting more rest, and having more fun.
  3. Be more productive - which, amongst other things, means spending more time in the "real" world and less time in the "virtual" one so that I can focus (there's the word again) on the things that matter most.
What about you?  What are your resolutions for 2012?


  1. Love you word - and the resolutions that go with it:

    Celebrate friends and family!
    Celebrate self!
    Celebrate life!

    Looking forward to following along in your year of Celebration, Janice! Here's to 2012 :)

  2. Wow! Beautifully put, Janet! Thank you!!