Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Happy New Year 2013

New Years is a time for reflection of the things we accomplished, the friends and family we spent time with, the fun places we may have visited, and a time to put those memories – good and bad – away into our minds and look to the future.  As I watched the celebrations going on around the world when we ended 2012 at midnight, I found myself thinking are we celebrating the end of a year or celebrating because we have a chance to begin anew?

A new year is the time when people make new goals, strive to do better, and find ways to improve their lives, their careers, their relationships.   To me, it’s the perfect time to reflect on what we did that made us happy and what we need to change because I think finding that place in your life that brings you happiness is so very important.

I thought I’d share a couple of things I want to do this year.  I don’t make goals because for some reason, I never seem to complete a goal list.  I know I’m told to identify the individual steps that will make the goal more attainable, but I’m one of those people who veers off and soon the goals are put behind me.  But, I am a person who has things I want to accomplish, things I feel I need to do, both in my personal life and in my writing.  Here are a few of them:

1.       I want to work harder to be more positive.  I find things tend to pull me down, and I don’t like the person I become when this happens.

2.       I want to find more time to write.  I love writing and creating new stories.  Several years ago, writing became my passion, and too often I let life – household chores, errands, family, friends, etc., get in the way of my finishing a new story.  I want to change that.

3.      I want to work on getting more healthy.  It seems like everyday someone is telling us how to eat better, exercise more, and I need to find that path that fits me and my lifestyle.

4.      I plan to be happy.  I plan to spend time with my husband and family playing, camping, riding our ATVs, and spending time in the mountains enjoying our cabin and the wildlife.  Even though this is number four on my list, it really should be number one and top of the list for me.

5.      I want to help others.  I can mentor someone who is trying to start writing.  I can give of my time to someone who is sick.  I hate to admit it, but too often I don’t go the extra mile to help someone and I don’t like being that type of person.

6.      I want to be more positive.  Have you found like I have that it’s easier to agree with negative things that are being said than to take a stand and say something positive, uplifting, or good?

So here’s my little bit of advice as we start a new year - 2013:  Spend time with someone you love.  Smile when you can.  Find a great book to read.  Do one thing every day that makes you happy. I really believe these things will help me be a happier person in 2013 and I hope it will help you, too.

I’d love to hear from you.  What things do you want to accomplish?  What things make you happy?

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