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.


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.


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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