Saturday, January 1, 2011

Bring it on, 2011!

I'm the kind of girl that likes New Year's resolutions.  I like lists.  I find the New Year is a natural time to evaluate the last year and my goals for the coming year.  I then check in regularly throughout the year on those goals.  Sometimes they are fitting, and sometimes by March they get thrown out as the game has changed.  But I like checklists, goals, and structure. 

My wrap of last years resolutions was kind of done in 11 down, 1 to go because December was a bit of an overwhelming wash between keeping up with Advent traditions, dealing with my husband's insane work hours, and getting to and surviving Christmas.  Yea, we'll be working on how we handle Decembe again next year.  So my progress stalled, but I still feel good about the leaps and bounds of progress I made in 2010 including a whole new look at how we handle our finances, learning to run, and losing 27lbs (that's the tally after holiday indulgences.. it was a bit more, but hey, I'll take it). 

There will undoubtedly be a post coming with some thoughts on my goals for 2011 as I've been thinking about them a lot.  But for today, for this beautiful new day that is also my first born child's 4th birthday, I want to focus on what I am looking forward to in 2011. 

And there is so much to look forward to...

Lots of hiking, kayaking, camping and times spent outdoors with my family.

Another gardening season to try our hand at new fruits, vegetables, and herbs and watch them grow!

A winter full of sledding, maybe even learning to snowboard, and hiking - because we are refusing to be afraid of cold weather this year.  I'm even embracing winter running!

Running.  Running a 7 mile leg of a marathon relay with friends.  Setting a new 5k personal record (PR).  Trying out trail running.  Just plain running.

Reading new books... with my family and on my own.  A new book is a great new beginning every time you start one!

Becoming president of a non-profit board of directors.  Wow, I'm terrified and excited about this one.  So many opportunities for growth for me, the organization, and the board.

Farmer's market and CSA season, and continually learning to cook new things and be healthy in delicious and fun ways!

Trips to camp and the beach with my family, and a girls getaway with a group of women that have been a rock in my life since I got pregnant with my 4 year old son.

And a new year of blogging!  November inspired me in forcing me to write.  December I got lost in chaos.  But I look forward to writing this year.  Some months it will be more, some will be less.  But I enjoy this outlet, and I love the conversation it starts with you readers.  Plus I can't wait to see what all my blog friends have to write for 2011.  I learn so much from all of you!!

Wow, I could just keep going but I'll spare you.  There is SO much to look forward to in 2011.  So many opportunities for joy, renewal, and growth!  Bring. It. On.!

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