Sunday, January 2, 2011

Happy New Year!!!

2011 has quite a nice ring to it, don't you think???

As I turn the pages of the calendar (and by turn, I mean throw out and start new), I can't help but wonder, where did all the time go? 

2010 was gone in a *FLASH*. 

Which brings me to the question of, how did I spend my time, and did I do it wisely? (Being an optimist, there's really only one answer here and I'll let you guess.)

BUT, the new year isn't as much about looking back as it is looking forward.  In the past, I've made specific resolutions and tried to keep them up, but like most of us, by February they are mostly dead in the water and by March, they are forgotten entirely.  This year, I think I want to be more general. 

YES, I want to take the opportunity to start fresh, with new thinking, a new attitude, new goals, BUT, it should really be things I want to focus on each and every day.

I want 2011 to be about more about the person I am, my actions, my thoughts. I want to be the wife/mother/friend/co-worker/blogger/stranger that is always there to help and lend a smile. I want to care ceaselessly and love wildly, no matter the costs. I want to practice patience and humility to the point that they come naturally, without gritted teeth, foolish pride, or hurt feelings.

This year, for me, it's a more inward look at myself and the person I want to be, the person I know I am, the person that in times I feel is lost in the day to day struggles of everyday life.

Um, not to say, I won't be participating in reading and writing challenges throughout the year,  amongst any other things that float my way, because, if you haven't noticed, I have an addiction to books. An addiction I totally find healthy and fulfilling.  (Even if the hubs has banned me from buying new ones until the piles begin to dwindle.  Bummer!)

So, what about you, friends?  What has the new year brought to your minds?  Resolutions?  Hope? Stress?

It definitely hits me as a magical time of reflection and all things new.  There's something special about this time of year, something in the air, do you feel it?


  1. STRESS!! But in a good way :) I spent the last few days of the year up till 2am formatting my book which is now on Amazon!! *eeee* so excited! (and relieved!) so now I have to write book two.. *sigh* but again its a good kind of stress *grin* so I keep telling myself

    The Arrival, on Amazon now!

  2. I can't believe we're already in a new year. The new year has given me a new story idea, so that's going to be my goal this year.

  3. I made a blog post about my dream 2011 lol, knowing full well it won't all come to pass! Just nice to write it out and think on things and analyze how I MIGHT accomplish some of them. . .

    I think the only thing I'm really going to kick this year is the extra weight I've been carrying around--because there's no reason why I SHOULDN'T... you know? Other than that, I'll take it all as it comes...

    Happy New Year!!

  4. Happy New Year! Usually, come with too much stress then they tend to be sunk with too much guilt. So, this year I made it simple. I resolve to say "when" instead of "if". That's it. That's all. Should be easy enough....

  5. Happy New Year, Kristi! I think the resolution you set for yourselve is very unique and perfect. Maybe I should add another to my list. :)

  6. Happy New Year Kristi! I think you've got the right idea when it comes to New Year ideas. Make them simple and changes are they'll be more successful.

    I'd like to be a better writer/daughter/wife/sister. I'd also like to worry a little less and enjoy life a little more (this one will take a lot of work but I'm willing to take on the challenge).

  7. Whoa! I thought I was at the wrong blog for a minute - things look good, though! LOL. As you saw on my post this morning, I am working to have renewed hope and faith this year. :-)

  8. Well, hello again, my friend! Thanks for stopping in on my blog. You were the first one to welcome me back tot he writing world. I can tell I've missed a lot. I love the new look (on you and on the blog.) Looking forward to a great year!

  9. I really don't set goals and resolutions just once a year. I've been trying to live/be/do better each day than I did the day before. That's been helping me lately.

  10. The year goes by so fast anymore that it's a little easier to focus on NOW. No matter what it is you want to accomplish this year, it really just boils down to making the appropriate decision now.(then rinse/repeat for 364 more days)

    My oh my...that was philosophical, wasn't it?

  11. Wonderful thoughts for the new year. Love the new look of the blog! Of course, I have been absent from blog world so much lately that it could be an old look and I'm just now seeing it! For shame...

    I've got tons of goals this year! Balance is the key to accomplishing them all.

    Happy New Year and may you find yourself at the end of 2011 with accomplished goals :) That's what I'm hoping for myself!