One of things I love doing around this time of year is surfing the web, reading everyone’s intentions for the new year. If the internet is any indication, 2012 was an intense year for most, and there are lots of goals being shared online of hopes and dreams fro 2013. For example:
Erin Loechner wants to slow down. “I’m living in the moment,” she says. “I’m letting my curiosity lead its course, whether I follow it down the path of an intriguing design concept, a leisurely walk or an impromptu dance party in the kitchen with my daughter.”
Artist Lisa Congdon agrees. “I’m under-planning. I’m saying no, even when I want to say yes. I am saving time to do nothing. I’m not going to invent plans or projects just because I have an empty hour or day or month in my calendar. I am going to learn to be okay with less. I won’t be busy, overbooked, exhausted, overburdened. I did that already, and it’s completely overrated.”
Betsy Cañas Garmon is planning the exact opposite, however — she’s foregoing balance for passion: “My expectation for this year is that it will have less balance and more passion. That there will be more depth and grit and life in my creative practice and less worry about how to get to everything and everyone. My intention is simply to listen and create. And then listen and create some more. To respond to the cry that exists simultaneously in my belly and my heart. The cry is demanding and persistent like a newborn baby and I am delighted beyond measure to respond.”
And talented photographer Margaret Andrews is all about gratitude this year: “I want to celebrate a year of gratitude. I want to fall asleep each night and wake up each morning with a heart full of love and thankfulness for the magical life I get to call mine.”
You know I love that.
In fact, I love all of these — and I am nothing if not always eager to do something to push myself to be better. I have my own goals for things that I want to get done this year. But after reading all of these good intentions, I have to wonder: is there anything that we did in 2012 that we want to keep doing? Things we don’t want to change? Stuff that we can pat ourselves on the back and said, “Man, attagirl/boy. That was really cool what you did there. Keep that up”?
So today, a little over a week into the new year, I’d love if you’d share the things you’re proud of having done last year, that you want to keep doing. For example, I did a really good job of confronting scary things — health issues, intrepid travel, intimidating opportunities — and just taking care of business. I met challenges head-on, and dealt with them. This is sort of out-of-character for me, so I sort of shocked myself by doing it in 2012. And I want to just keep on keeping on in 2013.
How about you? What are you aiming to keep exactly the same for 2013?