Thursday, January 31, 2013

Happy New Year!!!!!

Happy New Year!?! Errr, ummm. Right. Actually, I'm being serious. Sort of. Clearly it's the end of January and the bubbles have long gone out of the champagne. And likely by now you've totally forgotten your resolve to quit eating chocolate forever and ever. Am I wrong?

But here's the thing, we ALL had big ideas on December 31st. I think most people see the dawning of a new year as a chance to start new projects. To wipe clean the slate. To make sweeping changes. To improve. To do better. To be better. As if there is something wrong with who you are already. Pfffft.

Fast forward a few weeks (make that four) and maybe you've forgotten what you resolved to do this year. Or maybe you haven't forgotten at all but just haven't started. If you're like me, the fact that the starting line is far behind you can make you take off your running shoes, climb into pajamas and call it a year.

Don't do it. Not this time. I resolve to start at my start. To not pick some arbitrary date to begin doing the things I want to do. To start the projects I want to start. I had big plans for this year and just because it's not January 1st does not mean I have to put them off for another year. Or wait until Spring to start, or Summer, or back to school....or whatever "start" date seems logical.

I'm armed with lists galore and big plans for all the projects I want to do in 2013. Because I love numbers, I'm calling this overall project "13 in '13".  Deep and clever, I know.  The idea came to me around 12:05am on January 1st. Five minutes before I fell asleep.

I've come up with a list of 13 areas of focus. Some are big, some are small. Most of those are broken down further into a list of, wait for it, 13 things. I'm rounding out the lists tonight and will be back tomorrow to give some more detail on exactly what I'll be up to this year.

Start at your start. Really, the most logical start date is today. Today. It's my start point. Will you join me? What do you want to do this year?