What I love most about the new year — besides being able to put up a brand-new, blank calendar full of empty spaces where the events of the next 12 months will be scribbled in — is having the perfect excuse to start fresh.
Yes, I know that today is really no different than yesterday, or last Wednesday, for that matter. The same chores need to be done, the same bills need to be paid and I certainly don’t look any different than I did yesterday. But having the mindset of a new beginning is a powerful force toward making a positive change. It reminds me of how we (I) often say, “I am going to start my diet (or exercise regime, or start conquering my to-do list, etc.) on Monday. This time I’m really going to do it!” And oftentimes I do. New Year’s is like that, times 100. I mean, it’s on a brand-new calendar! You can’t get much more fresh than that.
And there is always the hope that it may stick this time. I might actually come out on the other side having accomplished exactly what I set out to do. Usually, life has made its own revisions to my original plans, but I always end up a better person for it. The key is to keep trying.
This year, I have another set of “resolutions” that I am going to focus on. I’m not going to list all of them for you, but one big one has to do with this blog. It was begun nearly 8 months ago and I am happy with what I have accomplished so far. However, this year I want to do better.
I want to post every day, whether it is a 1,000-word post or just a few sentences or simply a photograph. I want to focus on what I originally set out to do, which is show the fun stuff that we are doing here at home. It is really a scrapbook of sorts, which I (and Violet) can look back on years from now and enjoy all over again.
Most of all, I want to just relax and have fun with it. I have made the mistake in past months of reading other people’s wonderful blogs and then second-guessing my own. My photographs aren’t as great as theirs, or my writing doesn’t flow as well. As a result, there have been a few unplanned hiatuses brought on by my own anxieties. No more. In the end, I am writing this blog for myself and my family. I am excited to share it with whoever else wants to read it, but I’m not going to worry about fitting the image of what I think a good blog is supposed to look like.
I just want to have fun! 🙂 Happy New Year!