New Years is one of my favorite holidays! Not for the party so much anymore, more that I love getting rid of all that Christmas stuff, and clearing things out, decluttering and having a cleaner outlook for a fresh beginning. For the past couple of years I’ve spent New Year’s day with my friend Laura, looking at the previous year’s accomplishments, and making plans for the future as well- making vision boards and thinking about the direction I want my life to go in. I also love when it falls on a weekend so you have chance to get things set up, and Monday the WHOLE NEW LIFE begins! ( I say this every year, don’t get too excited)
I got an email with an idea from my Lifecoach friend Christine Kane- she suggests picking a Word of the year to be your theme instead of a list of things you want to do. She’s got a worksheet with some questions you can answer for yourself, here’s the link if you want to check it out: http://christinekane.com/blog/resolution-revolution-a-better-way-to-start-your-year/.
I thought I’d give that a try this year, but I have to say it was tough to pick a word. I went through many before I came up with my theme for 2011 – Embrace
So to me it means being open to and accepting things, people, situations, and not only being open to the way they are but embracing them. And embracing myself- who I am, what I love, and stepping out and trying things that I have learned and say I think would be great. Putting ideas into practice- embracing the life I want to lead. Embracing my son’s current love of stuffed animals and the nightly routing of lugging them all upstairs to bed and back down again in the morning.
And so for example, I am always talking about how I’d like to get on an earlier schedule. Lately we go upstairs at 8:30p (ok, sometimes 9pm) and by the time Carlitos is done with bath, teeth, pjs and books, he’s not asleep till 10pm. And then I end up staying awake till 1 am or so, straightening up, watching a tv show or two, and checking Facebook and email. And then we get up at 8:30am.
So the new plan is shifting things at least an hour earlier for him, and me staying upstairs, catching ONE show and going straight to bed. Then in the morning I get an hour or two before he’s up. The hard part is trying to not let what I feel like get in the way of what I want. Every night I feel like vegging in front of the tv or computer. What I want is to get up earlier so I can do some writing, reading, Flylady routines and be ready for the day when Carlitos gets out of bed.
For the last couple of years I’ve been thinking about going to concerts- not the major superstar/rock band concerts with drinking and dancing in the aisles I’ve gone to in the past, more single vocalist or orchestra concerts, where you sit back with your eyes closed and enjoy the music. So when we went to the aquarium last over the holidays the Sarasota Orchestra played a free holiday concert, and I really enjoyed it. I might have enjoyed it more if I didn’t have Carlitos chattering next to me and fidgeting around. So this morning I bought tickets to go see the next show the Orchestra is doing called Espana- classical music in a Spanish theme with guitar, flute and vocal solos. And I called the babysitter I’ve been wanting to try for months- I’m pretty excited!
And finally I want to get some reading done. I love to read, I got an e-reader for Christmas, but I am backed up about 50-100 books over the last 3-4 years. I buy them, but don’t make time to read them since you know who has arrived I guess.
So I am going to embrace the reading or give them to Goodwill and enjoy the idea of blessing someone else with them. Maybe I could try and read a book a week for the year? Hey, wait a minute, that sounds like a resolution. Ok, maybe 1 theme word and 1 resolution? Ha, ha, here we go.
Happy New Year Everyone!
Looking forward to embracing YOU when I see you in 2011!