Happy New Year!
I love that you can keep saying this to people for at least the first two weeks of the new year. It’s just such a joyous thing to say. To friends, to family, to strangers… I wish everyone a very Happy New Year!
But with the new year comes all of the resolutions. I resolve to eat better. I resolve to work out more. I resolve to be more organized, to cut back on drinking, or cut out junk food…
Well, I’ve never been one to make resolutions. I could absolutely be more organized or more in-shape. I could resolve to take at least one photo every day or write a song every week. I could resolve to pay off my other credit card (the scary one) or to write a blog every day.
I could resolve to floss.
But I’ve realized that the “resolutions” that I would make are goals that I’ve already set for myself throughout the year. Although January 1st was a lovely fresh start to what looks to be a very promising year, I am choosing a different kind of “resolution”.
I follow Sarah over at sarah out loud. We were music majors together at Rollins, and she and her husband recently had a beautiful baby girl. Sarah made a list of goals for 2013, and at the end mentioned her church asking people to choose a word to meditate on for the year. Sarah chose joy, which is absolutley perfect for her in her new role as mom. I know her 2013 will be full of many different instances of joy.
I love this idea. I have been pondering over a word for myself this year. And I think I’ve decided on focus.
I have so many projects and roles that I love in my life. I have the food industry, which I find exciting and spend most of my time working in. I have my singing, which has taken the back burner these last couple of years even though it is what makes me tick. I have my blog, which I love writing, sharing, and being creative with. I am also the wife of an extremely passionate and hard working man and the momma to a kind of needy dog.
This year I am determined to focus on staying focused. I have these goals that I have set for myself and I tend to get distracted and frustrated trying to do everything and be everything at once. I have found that when I slow down and set aside time to dedicate to just one of those projects at a time, I do my best work and I am more satisfied with my time spent.
Focus to me is also about determining which projects and roles in my life I need to make more time for and concentrate on. I can’t be everything all at once, but I can focus my energy on the things that make my life feel fulfilled. Maybe it’s time to back off a bit on certain projects and really work to make music a bigger part of my life again. (Did I say maybe? I meant definitely.) Maybe it’s time to back off so much on helping others and take a little more time to focus on my future and my career.
So yes, I have a lot of goals and expectations for 2013. But ultimately, this year will be the year when I concentrate on taking a deep breath, slowing down, and focusing on doing the best I can at whatever it is I am doing at that moment. 2013 will be a year for clarity, where I better define who I am and what I do.