Happy New Year! Reflections and Resolutions

Happy New Year! I don’t know about you, but I’ve always loved the onset of a new year; reflecting on the last 365 days, starting fresh with a clean slate, and the anticipation of new experiences! For me, this past year was an interesting one, full of life lessons and transition. On several occasions I could feel myself getting close to my goals, but not quite getting the outcome I hoped for. Despite all the forward progress, it was frustrating at times. Looking back, I think it was in preparation of what’s to come. I’m a firm believer that things happen for a reason, even if we can’t see how the puzzle pieces fit at the moment, so I can’t wait to see what 2012 has in store!

Which brings me to New Year’s resolutions. During last night’s festivities, some friends and I talked about resolutions. Some people had just one, and some had several. A lot of people had health and fitness related goals (which explains why all the gyms are so crowded in January!). Prior to that conversation, I hadn’t really thought about it much. I knew I didn’t want it to be something I should be doing anyway (eating more vegetables) or something I’d come to dread (taking spin classes 7 days a week), but rather, something I would actually enjoy doing. And then this morning, I read one of my favorite columns in the New York Times, Social Q’s, and it was spelled out for me. Writer Philip Galanes suggests that readers join him in a single resolution: “Every day, we will compliment someone who crosses our paths… It will be much easier to maintain than those abstemious ones and will create loads of good will.” I couldn’t agree more!

So let me kick things off by thanking you, for taking time out of your busy day to read my little blog! I have honestly been surprised by the number of people who have been checking it out. Thanks for keeping me company on my journey. Things are about to get a little more exciting!

Best wishes for 2012! What’s your new year’s resolution?

8 Comments on “Happy New Year! Reflections and Resolutions”

  1. That is a great resolution! I will attempt to do the same. Little compliments do mean so much, sometimes. I know they brighten my day when I get them. I will probably make the same resolutions that I do every year concerning weight loss and fitness, but I want to make them more specific and less generic. I also want to add “things to do,” such as riding a horse and going parasailing. Something more tangible than just “lose weight!”

  2. I love that resolution. Another one is just to smile at the people you meet during the course of the day. I find if someone gives me a sincere smile, I’m more likely to have one on my face for the next person I meet. It can really brighten someone’s day. And, you know what they say, it takes more muscles to frown than it does to smile. 😀

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