Throughout all of 2015, I kept the Everyday, Confetti calendar on my wall. Every single time I looked at it, it made me happy…because it was a punch out calendar! Each day could be conserved as confetti to toss at the end of the year! Is it making you happy just thinking about it?! This last year was one full of beauty and change and unexpected parts and pieces I could have never planned for, so the idea of throwing all 365 bits of it up in the air as confetti to usher in 2016 felt so satisfying.
To me, there is nothing like the fresh promise of a new year, full to the brim of new food waiting to be eaten, of new adventures to be had, and of new goals to be made.
My oh my, I love me a handwritten list of goals.
For years, I have diligently kept a red spiral notebook with the word “resolutions” written vertically down the cover, and a quote to the side that reads “goals that are not written down are only wishes”. With the exception of 2015 (more details to come on this), I have never missed the chance to set goals and create a “theme” for the approaching year.
My “theme” is a word I can’t get out of my head and that guides me through each new year. Recent “themes” have included TRUST (the year of awaiting acceptance into graduate school), BRAVE (the year of actually having to survive graduate school), JOY (the year I was nearing the end of graduate school coursework), and for 2016, my word is:
YES to being more willing to try things and do things and say things. YES to getting out of my comfort zone more often. YES to being nicer. YES to running again. Okay…SOFT MAYBE to running again. But YES to consistent exercise!
As I rested on the word YES, I made my goals/resolutions bold but wide so that each month I could find different ways to grow and feel accomplished without feeling restricted. In 2015 (again, more details to come on this specific year), I learned that I am more productive when I feel open to opportunity instead of trapped by very specific goals. I’m working harder at this, so 2016’s goals are designed to simply keep my mind, body, and soul feeling healthy, balanced, and free.
Learn to do new things, especially the things I’m worried I won’t be good at on the first try
Explore all my body can do // Continue my practice of mindfulness in eating and exercise // Tackle my difficulty with sleep // Take my darn vitamins
Commit to and believe in my creative endeavors // Limit overwhelm and noise in my life
I am very glad that 2016 has arrived, and it is worth mention here that I am not a superstitious person except I really believe the number 16 is truly a magical number. It’s the best number there ever was. Just look at it, it’s so cute. So as you embark on this brand-spanking new year and certain times feel less wonderful than others, when all else fails you can remember that there is magic in 16, and there is a calendar for purchase in which you can turn everyday, into confetti.