Thursday, December 28, 2006

New Beginnings

Each morning I wake up and try to look at the day as a chance to start fresh. Heaven knows that's been difficult at times over the last year. But that ability to start new is absolutely what I love most about New Year's. It's almost like a sigh of relief and exhilaration when that year rolls from one to the next. The old is forgotten and the new has such potential.

Many people write out goals, and I will too. Some I'll achieve and some I won't. Some I'll carry over from year to year - like losing those pesky 15 pounds I can't seem to drop. Each New Year I have the chance to start over on those unaccomplished goals, to drop the guilt for not getting them done and to renew my resolve and reevaluate why those things are important to me and the people in my life.

It's so easy, especially during the holiday season, to let the day-to-day demands overshadow the things that are important to us - not our children, husband, boyfriend, boss. I love the fact that this week between Christmas and New Years always sets a slower pace, with plenty of time to remind us of what those important things are. I don't think it's accidental.

Here's hoping your New Year is filled with laughter, happiness, good friends and health. And that each and every one of your goals and dreams comes true.

What are you looking forward to the most in the New Year?

Instigator

P.S. Ellie is our blog winner from yesterday. Please email PM at playgroundmonitor@writingplayground.com to claim your 2007 Book Lover's Calendar.

9 comments:

robynl said...

I'm looking forward to less stress and in order to accomplish that I have to do the following: have a complete check-up at the doctor, continue on with the dentist and his $$$ plan for my teeth. Upon completion, hopefully I won't have any stress over health issues for awhile.

Meljprincess said...

Congrats Ellie!

I'm looking forward to my move. I'm moving to FL.

Kathy said...

Good post, Instigator. Sometimes we need to be reminded not to neglect ourselves.

I'm looking forward to many things. First and foremost, the birth of my second grandchild in the summer and my # 1's promotion. Continuing and broadening relationships I have with other writers, to learn and continue to grow as a writer, and to challenge myself as never have before.

Of course, I'm looking forward to a year filled with good health and blessings. And no writer could go on without admitting the hope of getting published or simply receiving the 'call'.

Cue Julie Andrews. These are a few of my favorite things....

Kathy

Maureen said...

My daughter is graduating from high school and my sister is having a baby in June so it will be an exciting year for me.

Anonymous said...

I love this time of year, too. For me, it's very much a ceremonial "out with the old, in with the new" week for me, filled with reflection over the year that passed and hope for the one coming.

What am I looking forward to most this year? I want my best writer friends to sell, sell, sell!!

Playground Monitor said...

I guess I'm looking for the chance to start over, set new and realistic goals, decide on new projects, new areas of writing to delve into. It's just an opportunity for a lot of new-ness.

I also have to get that Roto-Rooter done, get my teeth cleaned, make an eye exam appointment and figure out when I'm going to have this shoulder operated on. I sound like I'm falling apart!

PM

Kathy said...

PM, I have to go in for repairs every now and then. I've had the roto rooter job done, too. It's not that bad as long as you get the PILLS. Do not let them give you the liquid!!! Demand the PILLS! (Believe me, after my father's bout with colon cancer and the many roto jobs he had to have done, he swears by the pills.) And now I do, too.

It's all good. Whatever makes and keeps you healthy is worth it. Focus on the benefits you will receive for the next 50 years of your life and you'll be fine.

Kathy

Pat said...

I am looking forward to getting my dental surgery done and my bridge replaced.

And to get a big dent made in my tbr.

Jeanette J said...

I'm looking forward to more time with my family