Photo by Tony Hisgett
2010 is almost upon us--can you believe it?
I love the idea of a new year. I'm a list-maker and a goal-setter so the image of a fresh start and a wiped-clean slate appeals to me.
But there's one part of the whole New Year thing I've never gotten into.
And that's making New Year resolutions.
Blah, and double-blah.
You see--although I'm quite the planner, life often throws curveballs in one way or another. (Maybe the unexpected happens, or maybe my priorities or interests change along the way.)
Inevitably it seems that halfway through the year I realize I'm off track--with no chance of reaching my "target."
This is especially true for those of us mamas with little people. We have our hands full surviving in the day-to-day, don't we? Grandiose benchmarks and far-reaching attainments just might not make it on our radar screen this year.
And that's why, for 2010, I'm setting NO resolutions.
Nada, none, zilch.
Instead, I'm coming up with something I hope will be more successful and influential in my life and my family.
I'm choosing a key word for the year, and I'd like to invite you to do the same.
It's a word I want to meditate on in good and bad times; a word to serve as a focal point when needed.
And I believe a year of pondering one word will usher in a sweet and welcome change.
My word for 2010 is anticipation.
Isn't it a good-sounding word?! Fun to say, it rolls off the tongue well.
Also, it really captures my hopes for the coming year. Obviously I am anticipating the launch of my book in just a couple of weeks, and some other projects are on the horizon that I'm so excited about.
But I also want to wake up each morning focusing on the day ahead, recognizing the privilege of spending time with my family each and every moment.
I want 2010 to be spent in a state of hopeful expectancy. ANTICIPATION.
Care to choose a word of your own?
Here are a few more options to get you thinking:
Steady (couldn't resist!)
We really can make this upcoming year the best one yet.
And choosing one simple word seems like a positive way to start.
I'd love to hear which word(s) connect with you and what your hopes are for 2010!