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By Jill Greenwood

I’m not a real big fan of New Year’s Eve. It’s nothing personal, but after years of babysitting for siblings and having small children at a young age, New Year’s Eve just doesn’t do anything for me. Normally, Dave and I have some appetizers and prosecco, and we settle in for an evening at home. Probably goes without saying that most years, I’m lucky to make it ’til the ball drops.

1/365

January 1, 2013

But come morning, come New Year’s Day, all bets are off. Because as ambivalent as I am towards the Eve, I love – love – the Day. Something about the promise of a new beginning that makes me sit up and take notice. And let’s face it, after a six-week slide into gluttony known as “the Holidays,” I could use a new beginning. Not a resolution (gave those up years and years ago), but something to focus on. Sometimes it’s a word, like “growth” or “persistence,” or a project or two.

1:366

January 1, 2012

This year? I haven’t figured out a word yet – it’s narrowed down to about four – and I’m 99% sure that I’m ready to tackle another 365 project but on my terms. I finished a 365 in 2011 but gave up in August for 2012. This year, I don’t want to give up even if it means taking another photo of my coffee mug. It’s a goal that I have for myself . . . not a resolution (they are made to be broken) but a goal. Goals have to start some where, so we’re focusing on them this month.

Growth 1/365

January 1, 2011

There are about a million other ideas floating around in my brain, but for now, my goal is to finish another 365. I’m sure that I’ll develop a few more as this month progresses. What about you . . . any goals for the year?

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  1. openroadwriting #
    January 1, 2013

    I’m also still mulling some goals (or intentions, which I also prefer to resolutions). I want to complete a 365 project, and I may try to do weekly themes, which another friend mentioned she is doing. Mostly, I want to learn how to take a more interesting photo!

    • Jill #
      January 1, 2013

      Funny you should comment on goals 🙂 My biggest goal is to write more.

  2. January 1, 2013

    Resolutions here – and goals I guess 😉 I’ve blogged about them today. Mainly I want to finish things I’ve started and gain a sense on consolidation and a feeling of things coming together as so much about our last few years has been about taking things apart, change, freefall…. I also need to focus on making friends in the new city this year, it’s now home, after all, and I miss good, regular time spent with other females inbetween the time that I get to catch up with friends who are farther away. I like your idea of focusing on a word as a kind of theme. HNY to you 🙂

    • Jill #
      January 10, 2013

      I start so many things that it’s not even funny. One of my words for the year might be Completion . . . because I need more of that.

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