I always find the New Year inspiring. The end of the year is such a whirlwind of crafting, doing shows, shopping, wrapping and shipping. I totally fall apart in terms of organization, eating well, having any sort of normality or cohesion to my life, and I worry that I’m doing so much that I’m not doing anything well. This all happens every year. Every year.
It’s time once again for my very self-focused look at this past year and the year we have just entered – 2008! I’m rarely so self-centered, but if you will indulge me for a few minutes, I hope that it will inspire you to sit down and take a few moments sometime this week to evaluate 2007 and set some goals for 2008. I gave up resolutions a long time ago and instead decided to focus on goals. Resolutions usually get all messed up by January 5th or 11th or somewhere around there, but goals are a little more fluid and therefore, there’s no guilt involved if it takes a couple of jump starts to really get going.
It might be cliché but I simply cannot help but start the New Year with all sorts of reflection on last year and the year to come. Please bear with me as I review 2006 and gear up for 2007 from a very self-centered perspective. My hope is that it will inspire you to do the same. Life—or mine at least—is so fast paced that there is never time to pause and evaluate. Rereading my New Year’s column from last year is pretty amazing. I hadn’t read it since I wrote it and man, I’m actually really proud of myself and see that I’ve made major leaps in the right direction in 2006. If I can just keep it up, I’ll be wrapping up 2007 in really great shape.
New Year’s resolutions have never worked out well for me. I’ve tried for years. I’d make the requisite list and have the best of intentions, but just never really got around to making it happen. I think the resolutions seemed too much like rules and my heart just wasn’t ever in it.