First, let me just get this out of the way: This next year is going to be awesome. It is. I can see it and feel it and everything. And I’m SO EXCITED to have you guys here with me. 2011 was a good and challenging year, but 2012 will be so, so sweet. I have a feeling it will be the year to enjoy all of the hard work and scrambling that was 2011.
That being said, I read something on Verhext about the good fruits and the bad apples (you should check it out, Tamara has an amazing blog). The good fruits are all of the things that help you be the best you, they are the things that you can take from and use to push yourself forward. The bad apples are the things you want to leave behind. Let them die and step forward into the new year without them. They may be things that are holding you back, or struggles you’ve gone through that it’s time to move on from, or people in your life who you know deep down aren’t doing anything to make your life a good place and maybe they need to be set free.
|Good Fruits||Bad Apples|
|Moving to a nicer apartment||Holding onto anger|
|Taking a leap forward in my career||Being afraid to take risks and holding on for too long|
|Getting married to an amazing partner||Fighting in unproductive ways|
|Continuing to risk and challenge myself||Getting sucked into the wedding vortex and not spending mental energy on enough Adventures|
|Keeping an awareness of charitable acts||Feeling small|
|Getting a handle on our finances during lean times||Forgetting to be enthusiastic at times|
|Working to support other artists|
|Keeping in touch with amazing friends|
I’ve never been a fan of New Years Resolutions because I feel like I’m setting myself up to fail. Generally the resolutions are too big or something I feel I should be doing, but don’t really want to do. And both of those attributes pretty much guarantee failure. If you want to change your life, start today. Don’t wait until the first, don’t put anything off for any reason.
I do love reflecting on the past to make a better future, though. This year I want to do more things that scare me, more things I’ve said before that I can’t do. I’m sticking my tongue out at myself and saying neener neener. I realized last week that it had been a year since I took surfing lessons. I was shocked!! A whole year? More than a year? You’ve got to be kidding me. I haven’t done something epic in all of that time? (Ok getting married was epic, but … that was a group activity… it’s important to keep doing things that just challenge me, even if Kamel comes along sometimes.) So, in 2012 I’ve already started planning my Next Big Thing.
Starting in February Kamel and I will begin a month of rock climbing lessons! And I’m the girl who gets half way up anything and decides, “Nope! I’m good! I’ll just stay here! Thanks. Oh? Coming down you say? No thank you… I’m fine where I am.” So this should be interesting.
And then sometime after that we’re going to take a hot air balloon ride over Napa. I know, right? Ridiculous. And also – why haven’t we attempted this before? It’s always so much easier to do these things than I think they are, up until the point I decided to actually look into it. You should try it some time. Seriously, you’ll be shocked.
In general, I want to do things that excite me and scare me and push me beyond the imaginary limits I’ve set for myself. And above all, I want to remember to be enthusiastic, because excitement is contagious and being exceptionally stoked about what you have makes gratitude so much easier. Like I said, 2012 is going to be a supremely excellent year.