Wednesday, January 9, 2008

A New Year, A New Start

Dearest friends and family,
I am finally ready to sit back down to my blog after weeks of holiday fun. I have great feelings about 2008, and I am excited to share my thoughts and ideas with you over the coming year. I have truly appreciated your readership and comments during the past 8 months, and hope to continue hearing from you this year.

I will start my blog entries for 2008 in a simple manner. Without question, this time of year is defined by the resolutions we make, maintain, and discard. I have been reading many blogs lately offering advice about resolutions. Some of us don't make them, some of us do; it is a very subjective and personal decision, and no matter how big of a deal our society and media make them, resolutions can be the simplest of wishes. I won't offer advice about making or keeping them, I will simply share mine for this year. I have learned that focusing on one macro-goal, in lieu of a plethora of micro-goals, is the easiest way to keep the resolution alive over the months. So here it is:

To set lower expectations for what I do with my time, and be OK with what I choose to do with it. What I do and accomplish is enough.

I have been enjoying this fresh perspective as I settle into the new year. Focusing on this larger goal allows the little things to fall into place more naturally. This particular one works well for me because I am a bit of a perfectionist and often feel that I should be doing something else with my time. Enough, I say! And that is what it will be...enough. I will ask myself what I really want to do, not what I think I should do, or what would be the best or coolest thing. I will not apologize for what I choose to do with my time; what I choose to do is the right thing for me.

Do you have any goals for 2008 to share?

Happy New Year!


ryan said...

I think you are doing a fantastic job with your resolution so far.

I don't have any one particular resolution so to speak, but more of fresh perspective on how I want to live my life. My goal is to approach every day with renewed enthusiasm and joy. Today is a great day. Peace.

-The Hubster

Larissa said...

Thanks, Hubster! I appreciate your comment and know that you will do great with your goal for enthusiasm and job everyday.

Chloe said...

Happy New Year Larissa! Congratulations on making a fantastic resolution. It made me think of this Bertrand Russell quote: "Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time." Indeed!

Karl Staib I Your Happiness Matters said...

Great way to tackle 2008!

I've decided not to have a New Years resolution at all. I just want to keep on doing what I'm doing. The direction I'm heading in feels good so I'm going to stick with it.

Larissa said...

Happy New Year to you, too! Thanks for the inspiring quote. Very true. I will keep that in mind. Hope you are well,

Larissa said...

Thanks for the comment, Karl. A very admirable goal! All the best to you guys,