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New Year’s resolutions?

landscapeNew Year’s Eve is a wonderful excuse for taking stock in where you’re at. What were the highlights of the past year? The challenges? Have you redefined yourself in small ways — or big ones? Where do you want to go in 2009? Are there a few things on your “someday” list that you could turn into reality in the near future?

I like to come up with a list of goals for the new year. Some are measurable (train for — and run in — a half marathon in June; lose ten pounds; finish my book) and others are more nebulous (keep working toward living in the moment and letting go of stress). I haven’t completed my list yet — I’ll save that for Thursday evening. But I’m thinking things through.

Here are a few interesting ideas, if you’re working on your own resolutions.

Resolutions for writers
Resolutions for artists
Resolutions for photographers
Resolutions for quilters
Resolutions for bloggers
Resolutions for mothers

You might also want to consider creating a vision board that illustrates your goals — or mindsets — for the coming year. Having a graphic representation in view might be just the thing to keep you focused as the weeks progress.

And if, like me, you’re working toward enjoying the present moment more, here’s a lovely blog post from Anna Johnson about bathtime as meditation.

How about you?

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7 Comments Post a comment
  1. cathy #

    nice idea. thinking.

    December 30, 2008
  2. Thank you, Miranda. You all are quite the inspiration to me, actually. Here’s to enjoying our collective creativity in this new year!

    December 30, 2008
  3. E-J #

    Whose photo is that? It’s very beautiful.

    December 30, 2008
  4. Thanks, E-J — it’s mine πŸ™‚

    December 30, 2008
  5. cathy #

    just want to add, *run in a marathon* even a half one is HUGE!

    i couldn’t do it a year after having a baby… heck, i couldn’t do it ever! now let me think about yoga again…

    December 30, 2008
  6. Kristine #

    Happy New Year! I’m actually very excited about 2009 and the positive (I hope!) energy it will bring. New beginnings are always very liberating.

    My goals for this year:
    1. Lose 20 pounds
    2. Finish the final draft of my novel
    3. Get back to doing yoga on a regular basis
    4. Enjoy and savor every minute of my life

    Okay…the first two are pretty huge. The second one is achievable. The third…well, I say it every year, but I think it’s worth repeating. Sometimes I succeed. Sometimes I fail. But I try.

    Good luck to everyone on meeting or exceeding goals in 2009!

    December 30, 2008
  7. i’ve never been much of a formal “resolution” person, but i have been thinking about my goals for 2009 as well. i guess you could call that “resoluting”. πŸ™‚ the only one i’ve settled on so far is to talk to my sister as least weekly. the rest are still percolating! happy new year to all!

    January 1, 2009

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