Cue the cliche of a post! [I realize most everyone has written their obligatory resolutions post, but as a source of accountability and such, I don't mind falling under the cliche umbrella right now]
Another year is here. I have so many thoughts and plans flooding my head, I hardly know where to begin... first of all, Happy New Year to you!! I sincerely hope you enjoyed your Christmas holiday, surrounded by those you love. It blows my mind that the calendar on my desk now reads "2012." I remember the infamous y2k era, and its surrounding, unnecessary mass hysteria. I was a mere 14, bebopping around a party at a friends' house, complete with her witty dad, flipping the breaker at midnight, yielding gasps all around. Was that really 12 years ago??
I'm not a big fan of "resolutions." I feel like the word itself has a shadow of doubt hovering over it--like you're just wondering how many weeks of a new habit you can truly commit to. Or maybe I have a serious lack of resolve. Meanwhile... I think you'll agree--it's so difficult to truly change a behavior, start a new habit, destroy an old one. I choose to think of them as goals... and goals can be tweaked and realigned throughout the year. I honestly think that's where true growth is measured. And it definitely sits better when the months pass and a sense of failure looms overhead when a weekend passes and you realize you haven't worked out, so now your entire plan for the year is shot.
That said, what are your goals for the year? Overall, mine seem broad and a little boring... This might be a little backward, but I have a 2011-in-review post in the works that should probably have appeared sooner rather than later, but suffice to say, 2011 was pretty good for me. I set out to get a lot accomplished, and in retrospect, I pretty much did it all. I'm hoping to feel as accomplished at the end of this year, as I do now, looking back on 2011.
And buy way less Starbucks during the workday (my office is in the same building as a Starbucks. Needless to say, I've spent a small fortune in what amounts to water and ground-up, aromatic beans.) -- so far, so good! Been back to work for five days and only bought ONE beverage! This is serious progress, people.
What do you want to do with the next 12 months?