Friday, January 6, 2012

a new journey: my 3 words

I love this photo: Ohio #2 by Alicia Bock

As I wrapped up 2011, I thought a lot about what I hoped to do and accomplish in 2012. Alas, I was not feeling inspired to draft yet another set of New Year’s resolutions. The intent of this ritual is always good but hasn’t proven to be very effective (at least not for me). And then I stumbled upon this post which talks about selecting three words which become your theme for the year--words that will help define and guide your goals and experiences. I was instantly inspired! On the surface it seemed like a quick and simple exercise, but I found it surprisingly challenging to narrow down my hopes, goals, and dreams for the year into three little words. There are some really good words out there that didn’t make the cut!

So here goes, my three words for 2012... simplify. enrich. smile.

Simplify is about clearing the clutter from my life and I’m not just talking about the piles of paperwork and laundry staring at me. My hope is that I can slow down the pace of our busy life a bit and focus on the things that are truly important to me and my family. I will carve out time for spontaneous weekend adventures and exploring new discoveries instead of using any free-time to catch up on chores. I will set financial goals and be thoughtful about purchases, minimizing those oh-so-tempting impulse buys
(sorry, Target). Instead of acquiring more things or “stuff” we really don’t need, I will focus on creating experiences my family and I can share together because when we look back at the end of the year that's what we tend to remember and appreciate. I will go through our garage, files, and closets and purge, give away, and recycle the things we don’t use or need. I will create clean and serene living surroundings and repurpose some of the spaces in our home so they are better used and enjoyed (I already have some makeover projects brewing).

Enrich is about making the most of my experiences, relationships, and opportunities this year. I will make time to connect with friends and family and nurture those relationships. I will create meaningful memories for my daughter. I will spend more time outdoors and tend to my garden to create a space where my family and I can entertain friends and family. I will take more time to shop for groceries and experiment with new recipes (Yes, you heard it here...I'm going to cook!) I will pursue my passions like photography, pretty things, and writing. I will seek out opportunities to combine these passions with my professional pursuits. I will visit and take in a new city. I will schedule time for daily exercise that I enjoy. I will try to curb my night owl ways and get more sleep.

Smile is about gratitude and choosing joy. I will remain mindful of the blessings in my life and give them the time and attention they deserve. I will celebrate successes—big and small and worry less about the endless “to dos” that don’t get finished. I will talk more about the positives and less about the negatives. Each day, my family and I will reflect upon one thing that made us smile and share it with each other.

I’m excited to start the journey I’ve mapped out and look forward to sharing it here on S.HOPtalk. I've missed blogging and my readers SO much. I'm a bit rusty...thank you for your patience as I find my blogging voice again (and try to remember how to format a post).

Cheers to an amazing 2012! Do you have 3 words…I’d love for you to share them.


melissa loves said...

Hello darling! Missed you and so happy to see you "tiptoeing" back in! Brought a smile to my face to see your comment and this post is beautiful! So happy to see you back in the blogosphere! Happy new year hunnie!

nichole said...

Hi Suzanne!

A wonderful list. I am so happy to see you are blogging again.

Hope you had a wonderful holiday and here's to a simplified, enriched, smily 2012. ;)

- Nichole

Suzanne : : S.HOPtalk said...

So good to see you both here, Melissa and Nichole...made my day!

Suzanne : : S.HOPtalk said...

So good to see you both here, Melissa and Nichole...made my day!

Anonymous said...

Welcome back...making my day!

XXOO Tissy

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