I love the new year. Although, I do wish it happened in the Spring instead. It makes more sense to me that the new year should start as everything is coming back to life, turning green, when it is all fresh, and crisp and sunny and you want to get out and see the world. But, it doesn't. It starts in winter. When it's cold, the days are shorter, darker, when everything is gray with a lack of color or much movement. I wonder if it was intended that way? When the world around us is in it's state of darkness and gray, it forces us to look within ourselves for color, warmth and to full fill all of our dreams for ourselves.
But, I digress. My list of goals to make this a great year and to improve on our lives (yes, our lives because as the mother in this household, things I change in my life affect everyone around me) is fairly short, sweet and simple.
1. Live for today and enjoy it! Spend more time just "being" here. Just sitting with my family, just enjoying the day. Spend less time running from one place to the next, from one party to another without just sitting and soaking it in. Which means, accepting fewer invitations, making fewer plans, and really immersing myself in the relationships that really matter. Which leads to...
2. Concentrating on who is a part of our lives and forgoing those who are not. Dr. Laura talked about this on her show recently, we spend so much time, angry, hurt and offended by those who do not make an effort to be a part of our lives that we are being incredibly rude and offensive that those that do. Those who are a part of our lives should matter so much that those who chose not to be aren't given a second thought.
3. To get healthier. And by this I do not mean to lose weight. Or to give up fast food. Or candy. Or chocolate. Or having my laptop on my lap. Or to go all organic. But rather, to start enjoying those things in moderation, to exercise more and to really think about what I'm eating and doing when I do it.
And that's it. Pretty simple, right?