I won’t bother with my thoughts on 2012. It has past.
Thoughts for the new calendar year are similar to my thoughts on Samhain, or my spiritual new year, but I’ll reiterate some of what I like to call goals rather than resolutions. I tend to break resolutions. I have set far-reaching and even unrealistic goals, but I find myself motivated to continue to strive for goals, even when I fall short. I’ve never failed to make progress.
First of my goals, and most important to me, is to write. I’ve set a personal goal of 1500 words per day, every day, with the opportunity for adjustment in March. If I need to drop back to 1000, so be it, but I expect to either keep it the same or up it 2000 at that time. I’ve had no problem reaching the daily goal when I sit down to write. This is encouraging!
Weight loss of 30 lbs (or more). Having been on Weight Watchers in the past, I know that the is a very generous and realistic goal. I understand that I need to be kind to myself, and that new habits will take a time to settle in, so if more weight is shed, great. This goal included increased activity levels with a goal to return to running, Pilates, and yoga. These are all exercise activities I actually enjoy but have become too uncomfortable to pursue due to my weight.
Continue work on backyard sacred space. Use regularly, with offerings and observances. This is physical and spiritual work.
Renew vows to Frigg with emphasis on mothering and hearth-keeping. Devotional work to include embroidery, baking and play. This is a continuation of goals and vows from the previous two years. I finally feel like I’m starting to settle into my roles here, and will continue to make my devotional works and play mindful of Frigg who holds me here.
Start a “good things” jar and read these notes at the end of the year. Every time something good happens to me in 2013, I will note it on a slip of paper and place it in a sealed jar. On New Year’s Eve, I’ll have the opportunity to look back over these events/acts/windfalls/blessings and leave myself with a positive impression of the year before turning the page.
Better personal care, to include hygiene, maintenance, and pleasure. I have not made time for these things since the baby arrived. I think it’s beginning to take a toll on my health. (I’ve already scheduled my annual physical!) The pleasure part simply includes making time for myself, doing things I enjoy, and surrounding myself with people who inspire me.
Then, I have a series of mothering goals. The first is to wean my son off the bottle for milk. This is going well so far. Second, work on toilet training. Obviously, he has a lot of say in how and when this happens, but I am committing to encourage and remind him of his job. Third, more outdoor play and exploration, and more opportunities for us to craft and create together. Last goal is to discipline my son and myself toward patience,consciousness, and mutual respect. For these, I call on Frigg daily.
May you all succeed in your goals!