Wow! I don’t know about your inbox/blog reader, but mine is overflowing with bloggers posting their goals for 2014. What is it about new beginnings that we find so attractive? Ever notice how we want to make big changes and resolutions at the start of a new year? Or how we want to wait to start our diet at the first of the week? It seems that we are always on a quest for newness when there is a sweet comfort in the pace of our everyday lives.
I have a few things I want to accomplish this year, but I made this list with the careful awareness that I like the woman I am today. How often do we make resolutions based on some idealized fantasy of the woman we want to become? I think the reason so many resolutions fail is because they fall far from our authentic selves. Rather than making a list of goals, I decided to do two things this year. First, I have established a word for the year to help focus and guide my choices. Second, I have created a list of 14 things I want to do in 2014.
My word for the year is LIVE (liv). I want to embrace every precious moment God gives me this year and I want to live life to the fullest. I battle with depression from time to time and during these times it is easy to forget the value of life. Think of the person who is dying of cancer begging God for just one more day with family. To waste the gift of a day seems like such a waste of life. This year, I pray that I can fully live every second of every day.
As for my list….Here are my 14 things for 2014. Some of these items will not strike you as very exciting because they concern my day job, but I wanted to share my entire list with you and journal about it to increase my accountability.
- Publish 6 peer reviewed journal articles for the day job!
- Submit 1 federal grant application.
- Complete at least twelve quilt/sewing related projects.
- Take an Alaskan cruise.
- Blog weekly.
- Finally take the leap and start the online business of my dreams
- Try two new recipes a month.
- Attend the local quilt guild to make quilty face-to-face friends.
- Go out with friends at least once a month.
- Take care of myself by getting a mammogram and pap smear this year!
- Focus on redesigning/redecorating one area of my home each month.
- Attend the Paducah Quilt Show.
- Attend an off-broadway show.
- Volunteer with older adults.