I’ve never been a fan of New Year’s Resolutions. While it’s admirable–and probably advisable–to periodically take stock of one’s life and consider those things you’d like to change, I think people put way too much pressure on themselves come January 1st. They start the year full of hope and promise and excitement, and within a week or so when their resolve has left them, they end up disappointed in themselves, and feeling worse than they did before.
Using New Year’s Resolutions as a vehicle for total transformation doesn’t tend to pan out, in my experience. However, I do think there’s value in mapping out goals for the coming year: a “to do” list always seems more manageable, especially when you have an entire year to accomplish it.
Here’s my list of things I’m looking forward to this year. Some of them will be a challenge to achieve, others are already planned out and–barring any unforseen glitches–will surely happen, and others may not come to fruition at all.
I’m ready to embark on the journey that will be 2012, and grateful for each new day that I’m given an opportunity to experience life, regardless of the outcome.
Goals for 2012 — in no particular order
Find a vacation house in Florida
Travel to Alaska for the first time
Organize photos & computer files
Nurture the spiritual
Don’t sweat the small stuff–particularly career-related angst
Brush up on my Spanish skills
Try 3 foods I’ve never had before
Count to 10 before reacting
End each day with a prayer of thanks