Hopes for the New Year

Most years, I do a sort internal battle with resolutions. On one hand, I’m a bit disdainful of the idea that there’s one time of year that is better than any other on which to determine to change your life. But the other side of that coin appeals to me, the one that offers a fresh year upon which to etch new habits and ways of being in the world. So, while I haven’t done a year-in-review, gazing at my navel post yet, I’m going to skip over it for now in order to lay out some of my hopes for this new year. Because the freshness of the cosmic page is too much to resist.

  • This year, I want to clean all the unused condiments out of the fridge, so that I don’t have aging sample jars of jam and mustard taking up valuable real estate. The same goes for the bottles of oils, vinegars and exotic flours that are cluttering up my kitchen shelves. It seems that no matter how much space I have, I always end up filling it, until the counter is swimming with bags, jars and bottles. It drives me nuts and I want clearer spaces!
  • The need for clearer spaces extends to most areas of my life. I need to clean out the sock drawers, the piles of cookbooks and tee-shirts that are only appropriate for exercise.
  • Speaking of exercise, that’s something I’d like to bring back into my regular routine. I have dreams of once again running the Broad Street Run. It’s been four years since I’ve done it, but it gave me such satisfaction when I accomplished it.
  • I declare that this is the year of finding contentment in the place that I am, as opposed to the place I want to be. I am often highly critical of my life, focusing on all the little spots of unhappiness as opposed the the large swaths of delight and joy that make my existence sparkle. I want to bring the joy into focus more often.
  • On a more technical level, I think this year will be the time when I finally learn to use my camera with some level of technical proficiency, as opposed to just pointing it as stuff and hoping for the best. I have such admiration for my friends who make lovely images and I would love to learn how to do one tenth of what they’re able.
  • Finally, I want this year to be the year I publish a book. It makes me sort of nervous to declare that goal to the world, because what if I fail? However, I’m a big believer in the power of declaration and sharing hopes with others, so that are mutual energy of creation might help bring those hopes into tangible relief.

With all that said, I’m declaring 2009 the year of awareness, of learning, of less stuff and of the increased ability float on the tide of life.

3 thoughts on “Hopes for the New Year

  1. Fran

    Wow, that’s a lot of goals. Mine are: floss, exercise, and weed. I noticed there was no wedding in your list. Do you two have a date yet?

  2. Jessica

    I discovered your blog in November of 2008 and have read many of your earlier posts since. It started with your granola – which by the way is so wonderful and my very small children love and request it.

    Anyway – I applaud your declaration for a book!! I think that is an excellent idea. And if you need an editor/tester please think of me and my husband. He is a fabulous cook and I worked as a tech writer (before putting my career on hold for the babies). We would love to test your recipes!!! I’m sure that we could be an asset to your work.


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