I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. I think I might have done so when I was younger, but I can’t recall doing so in my post-college adult life. I don’t get on board the resolution-train because I usually don’t remember what I set for myself by the time March rolls around because I didn’t set in place any sort of accountability system. My resolutions were too lofty and too numerous. Plus, for better and worse, I don’t typically like to do what everyone else is doing it – just because everyone else is doing it. And this is what happens at the turn of the year: everyone makes resolutions and expects you to do the same. Well, my mother taught me that just because everyone else jumps off the bridge doesn’t mean I have to as well. So there.
But at the same time, how do I make sure that the upcoming year is different than the last? How do I ensure that I am not living a life of mediocrity and indifference, just sitting around waiting on and letting things happen to me as they may? I went through several iterations of “goal setting” with no year-long success at any of them. Last year was my first attempt at a word for the year. My word was “honor.” But only one person besides me knew that and by March or April (see above paragraph), it had mostly fallen off my radar. It came up for me mentally when other people mentioned their word for the year, but I kept my mouth shut because I had little to share. Take two in 2012. Cue a blog for accountability. Here I am, my friends to share with you my word and my plan for 2012. It will be a better year; I can feel it already.
My word for 2012 is peace. On Twitter last week, a link to this crazy thesaurus was shared. Here is what peace looked like. I know it’s small – click on it to make it bigger.
There is a lot in my life in the next 12 months about which I would like peace; we’ll chat about those as they come. I also have caught myself labeling myself as anxious and I do not want to own that. I want to own peace. Peace is biblical; worry is not. Peace is a good record to have playing in the back of my head as I drive and choose not to honk at someone who makes a questionable decision. His Peace passes all understanding when I find myself at a loss to make sense of any of the rest of it and I’m certain I will find myself in that place in the next 12 months. Peace is what I need when my temper flares as I work to let go of selfishness and my ego gets bruised in the process. Peace will make a difference in my life this year.
I’m also choosing to have 12 adventures this year. There will be a variety of them, but here are a few that I’ve thought of so far. I’m happy to take suggestions if you have them, but don’t get your feelings hurt if I don’t take them. 🙂
– Writing a blog about encountering and experiencing peace for 365 days, 12 months, and 52 weeks
– Going camping with my boyfriend
– Taking an experiential cooking class
– Going on a 7 day cruise with my family to destinations I’ve never been to before
– There’s gotta be more adventures in that cruise somewhere!
– Moving my food blog to my own domain name
I’ll be sharing about those as they approach/happen as well. Who knows what else will strike me to share with you this year? I guess we’ll find out! Buckle up and hold on tight; it’s gonna be a good ride!