What I do make are goals for the upcoming year. Things that I want to accomplish by the end of it. But I usually decide on these goals well before New Year's Eve hits. Many times I even put them into practice before the new year begins--such as last year, when I decided that in 2010 I wanted to get into yoga and started practicing it sometime before Christmas 2009. And yes, I still do yoga at least twice a week :o)
So let's see...what are the goals I've thought up for this year?
- To put more effort into my blogging; to advertise my writing and get my name out there as much as possible. This, I started working on weeks ago, by moving from a friends-only LiveJournal to this public blog, and by shifting the focus of our "Connecticut Yankees in South Carolina" blog to mostly Greenville-specific activities. I've also joined a couple sites like NetworkedBlogs and begun using "A Serendipitous Life" to participate in community activities such as Reverb10.
- To stop going through phases with my guitar playing. This, I did kind of start with the new year :-/ In the past I would go through phases where I would play my guitar every day for a couple of weeks, and then not touch it for months at a time. This, my dears, is not the way to become adept at something. So this year my goal is to not go through these phases, and part of my problem was burning myself out by playing for an hour or more every single day. Trust me, I don't need to be that good. That said, my goal is to play at least twice a week for 30 minutes a pop; 3 or 4 times a week would be better :o)
- To learn to sew and/or knit. I would prefer to do both and have started neither. But thankfully Steve and I are going to be starting a project soon that will force me to learn how to sew, at the very least.
In conclusion, I was supposed to finish the Change Your Life Challenge: Ditch & Donate yesterday, and unlike the Vegetarian challenge...I kind of failed this one. I'm trying not to look at it like that, mainly because I got rid of so much stuff back in November (far more than 20 items, let me tell you), but the thing is, most of the stuff I set aside to ditch or donate this past week was stuff that I was replacing. I mean, sure, it's great that I'm getting rid of two cream-colored sweaters to make way for just one cream-colored sweater, but what's the point of throwing away my old, falling apart yoga mat to make way for a brand new one? Or tossing my old eyelash curler because I used a gift certificate to buy myself a better one? I did end up getting rid of something like 13-15 items, but not only does that not meet the 20 items requirement, I didn't really make any more room in my life. Darn my, err, foresight in giving away three huge bags of clothes and accessories just a month and a half ago, right? ;o)