Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Dear Me Letter Revisited and Goals for the New Year

Last year, about this time, I wrote a "Dear Me"letter positively forecasting my goals  for 2012 that I would have reached by the end of 2013.  I met some of my goals ...and others not so much. Still, I don't view the things I didn't get done as failures, just things I still need to keep on my to do list. I may not have done everything in the time frame I wanted, but I didn't fail.

This year, I'm not writing a letter to myself. Instead, I'm going to make a few  larger goals for myself  and make monthly goals as I see fit. One thing I want to be sure to do is to write down my successes and things I accomplish throughout 2013 so that at the year's end, I can actually see my progress by rereading my highlights. I saw that idea on Pinterest and think it's a good idea.

What do I want to accomplish this year? I want to continue to work on my health and the health of my family, including exercise. I also want to find a local walk to participate in. And I want to try something new...not sure what it will be yet, but I want to try something. And I want to read a non food related book...at least one...even if it takes me all year to do it.

I didn't always like New Year's, though I'm not really sure why. Now I do.  The good thing about New Year's is that its a brand new, clean slate for me to fill.  Like a new Etch a Sketch, I control the nobs and I can create whatever picture, whatever future I choose to. It's really a new beginning for all of us to make goals and strive to be better than we were this past year (at least in our own eyes), The new year holds promise and hope and it's that positivity that I love. I heard someone else say that the new year is like a 365 page blank book just waiting to be filled by us. Its a choose your own adventure book and we are in charge. That's a neat way to look at it too, I think.

I also saw this on Pinterest, and I think it's a pretty good guide ... at least for me.

However you choose to look at New Year's Eve, my wish for all of you is good health and happiness and  a few great adventures along the way.