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Better Late than Never… No Resolutions for 2011; Just a Wish List to Myself

A few weeks ago I posted on Facebook, “Instead of New Year’s Resolutions, I think I’m just going to make a list of 12 things I want to do in 2011.”

I received some positive feedback and comments from friends that they’d like to do the same thing. I’m a very goal-oriented person but find that between work and family life, I’ve got enough pressures on my plate. So instead of holding myself to yet another list of semi-attainable or unattainable resolutions, I’m focused on pushing myself to try new things in 2011. Change is my theme for the year, and pushing myself to actually try new things is a good start. (Given how late this post is, and anyone who knows me won’t be surprised by that, perhaps “Being on Time” should be one of my new things to try!)

Here’s the start of my list – I want to try at least 12 new things – one a month. I don’t feel I need to post all 12 right now – they may change. But I’ll try to be better at sharing timely updates as I go.

  1. Learn to play the guitar – or at least take some lessons
  2. Get back to writing the book I’ve had planned (and started) for over a decade
  3. Virtually train with my brother (serving in Afghanistan) and run a marathon with him once he’s back (May 28, Traverse City, MI!) – with a new PR, of course.
  4. Learn to take better photos with my beautiful Canon camera better – and not be afraid to post my experiments.

What new things would you like to do in 2011?

Holidays Are Over but Hope Remains Bright

Today we took down the holiday decorations and the Christmas tree. It’s always so much fun putting them up – the anticipation of the season, the warm feelings of family and love, and the month or so of twinkling lights and beautifully wrapped packages. The end of the holiday season also marks the beginning of the longer winter months and that can be a bit depressing.

But I’m looking forward to the New Year. 2007 was a year of hardship for a lot of our loved ones and I am hopeful for a much brighter year for all of them in 2008. I am looking forward to a few vacations and most significantly, running my first Marathon…in Ireland (thanks Rich!).

Along with the holiday decorations, we put away a special ornament called The Wish Ornament. wish ornamentYou fill it with your wishes for the year. My youngest son wished for a new toy train (he’s 2); my oldest son wished for no more school, my husband set a personal marathon goal and I continued to wish for the end of the Iraq war and that my brother will not be deployed again.

In about 11 months I hope to be reporting that these wishes came true (with the exception of my son’s “no school” wish – but perhaps rather that he will enjoy it more) and that 2008 was a wonderful year. I hope that it is for you, too.