2010 was exciting, filled with goodness, new friendships and many surprises. I learned to shoot high and expect good things…and not be a scaredy cat about it all, ha haaa. Like any full year, it also had its share of challenges. The challenges presented to me, although at times uncomfortable, were beautiful in the sense that they grew a strength inside of me that I didn’t know I had. And for that I’m thankful. I feel a little wiser. And far happier and more relaxed.
Looking ahead, I have to say I feel good about 2011.
When I sat down to make a few notes about the new year, something different happened. Words started popping in my head. Positive words. Words such as these guide positive thoughts which we all know leads to positive action. Oddly enough, all of my words started with the same letter. I didn’t label my new year thoughts “resolutions” because it felt too conforming this time…and one of my freeing thoughts from last year is that it’s okay to not conform. A little bit of rebellion here and there keeps the blood flowing.
Here are a few of my words for 2011. These are listed in no particular order.
No double about it, this will be the YES year. I’m already feeling it!
Somewhere along the way I learned to forget taking things too seriously and just have fun. It’s an approach I plan to do a lot more of this year.
I’m feeling a preppy vibe for this year. Stripes, plaids, girly pieces. Oh ya.
I love the idea of reducing the content inside my closet and working with classic pieces that I already have. I plan to buy less and enjoy the things I already have more. That idea intrigues me. A lot.
I love nothing more than white with a good pair of jeans. Yes, basic CAN be beautiful.
Perfectionism can be a grim reeper that sometimes tries to cast its dark shadow into certain areas of our lives. It’s okay when you give it boundaries. After learning a few times the hard way, I now allow perfection to have a place in certain situations [hello organized sock drawer], but do not allow it to be an uninvited guest in day to day life. A while back, I came up with an effective saying and it’s now my MOTTO:
“Progress over Perfection.”
Way healthier. And far more compatible with point # 2.
5. Prayerful. Patient. Peaceful.
I put these three words together because each one leads to the next. And I need to be better about practicing patience because I can easily get caught up in the maddening pace of day to day life. This year I’m committed to honoring a regular quiet time to focus my thoughts on gratitude and all things authentic. Helps keep the right perspective.
It’s a dream so I may as well write it down, right?! I might add that it’s a big anniversary year for Peter and me. Hmmm, we’ll see where this idea goes…