A 2012 recap will be forthcoming, but first, let's look forward to 2013!
Last year, we kind of made resolutions, which I did find useful even if I was only somewhat successful with them. Last year, I also came upon another resolution-ish concept I quite liked- the Word of the Year approach, which I found out about from Erin Bowman and Katy Upperman.
Jessica Cora had the original idea, and basically, instead of making numbered resolutions, you pick ONE WORD to guide you throughout the year. It is your attitude, your goals, your touchstone for your life.
So in honor of the change a New Year may bring, I'm going to pick a Word of the Year instead of making resolutions. My word for 2013 is PRESENT.
|Took this pic of a puddle in a parking lot!|
I found a lot of 2012 exhausting despite it also being a lot of fun. But I think I ran myself a little dry. I used my downtime to schedule and plan and worry about ALL THE THINGS, and even when I was enjoying the moment, there were things fluttering around in the back of my mind. And as I settled into my mid-20s, the Quarterlife Crisis became less funny and more crisis-y.
It was hard for me to just be in the now and enjoy and appreciate things as they were. It was hard for me to be present.
On Dec. 31, as I was vaguely pondering what my first blog post for 2013 would be, I had a conversation with Sophia that had nothing to do with blogging, writing, or even reading, but she talked about being present and about being present with yourself and with other people. And it didn't really sink in at the time (since I was munching on cookies & freezing on the couch), but I realized afterward that presence was what I'd been missing. Talk about the universe sending me a sign, right?
And I often think of Loki, whom I dedicate time to every night for walks and playing, even though it cuts into my own relaxation time. Sometimes, I'm so tired I want to skip this routine, but then when I go out there, he is present for me and enjoys the time we spend together. This is a lesson I could learn.
|He is really good at the "shake hands" trick.|
Here's to having a mindful, present 2013!
Q4U: What is your Word of the Year?