Saturday, December 29, 2012

Next time, next year.

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Let's imagine that Henry is contemplating his 2013 goals...

So many things I'd like to do, and regardless of a new year, a new month, week, day...I always have this feeling like I can always do it and try and start again. But yet somehow, sometimes, I get stuck in my old ways and habits. Not a bad thing by any means to continue on (if it ain't broke, don't fix it, right?) but while reflecting on the past year I have had this feeling that maybe I could have shaken things up a bit, done some more exciting things, branched out and stretched my wings.

Today on a walk Hank and I talked a lot about the next 12 months. He is a goal-oriented person and it always inspires me to hear about other peoples' goals, especially when it's my people. We talked and thought and walked and talked, and at the end of the whole thing I really came to the conclusion that this next year I want to focus on joy in my everyday. Isn't that simple? I want to adventure more and see more, try new things and break out of my regular old ways of doing things. Nothing crazy. Nothing too out there. But we made a deal to go on one adventure a month. 12 days of new things with our little family, 12 days of shaking off the dust of our get up, get going, do basically the same thing most days, to do something totally different. So that's what we shall do. 12 months, 12 days of adventures.

And then of course there's other things I need to focus on. Meal-planning and the like. Making better use of me-time. Reading just a little bit more. Blog stuff too, of course. Here I'll be working on my photography and capturing our days, on getting my thoughts down and sharing them, rather than just keeping them in my paper journal. So much belongs there, but I think I can share more here too. I want to tell more of our story, our little life and the things we do.

I'm excited about so much, and I think regardless of the year moving ahead I'd feel this way. 2013 just has a nice ring to it, don't you think?

xoxo


14 comments:

  1. Love the idea of 12 adventures! More people should break out of their comfort zone and do this, ok, I need to do this.

    http://iliska-dreams.blogspot.com.au/

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  2. Did you read the Happiness Project? That totally sounds like something she would advocate. :)
    I am thinking the same sort of thing for us as well. I really want to cut spending on frivolous things even more and save for trips. I really love traveling. We made so many good memories this year because of all of our adventures together.

    I hope a lot of memories come your way this year.
    xoxo

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  3. I totally agree - less of the same, same routine! Looking forward to reading about your 12 adventures :)

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  4. it's so fun to read you are inspired!
    I feel pumped up and ready for the new year too! My boyfriend also had a little to do with it, no doubt! Also in 2013 we are celebrating our 5 year together! (I was 16 when we started dating!)so we're planning a 'bigger' trip to celebrate!
    I am so excited for 2013!!

    love, Saar

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  5. Oh Danielle I absolutely cannot wait to hear about your little family's new adventures and look forward to all of the snippets you will post about your family, your story, and your wonderful life in your wonderful town!

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  6. this is the exact same thing micah and i talked about doing. :) at least doing 1 thing new a month. minimum. i truly believe that 2013 is going to be a REALLY great yr for sooooo many ppl. big hugs and happy new year.

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  7. Seriously though, where do you find the time to do all of that??? Especially when it comes to the writing part. I do love the 12 new activities idea, like on a sunday or something....I think we may have to steal this one! :) xo

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  8. I'm excited for you. Yay for inspiration :)

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  9. I love creating lists and making new goals for myself. I used to get very hung up the goals I haven't met, but I'm trying to focus on all of the cool things that I have done. I follow L. Joy Williams on Twitter and recently she was discussing her plan for next year. I thought it was interesting that she used the word "plan" specifically and she said that if something is a real goal then you need to have a plan of action to achieve it. I'm currently reflecting on my year and looking ahead to 2012 and I think I'm going to really set some specific objectives for myself, making sure that I have a way to actually meet them. Good luck with all of your ideas! Make them happen. ♥

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  10. I LOVE the idea of having one adventure a month. I want to make that happen as well.

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  11. Also. (Way for me to gather all of my thoughts at once, right?) I wanted to tell you that you inspired me with your thought "Isn't that simple?" (Note: this was not the inspiration I was referring to before, I was talking about you being inspired, really this comment is all over the place...) - I've been trying to come up with a word for 2013 - so many bloggers are doing it that I figured I'd give it a try, and I was trying to come up with something EPIC, which really is not needed. I think I'm going to choose "happy". I want to feel more happy about things in life - no time to start like the present, right?

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  12. I love your blog....I read it everyday. I just wrote a blog post about Meal Planning that works really well for our family. http://tothosewhowait.wordpress.com/2012/12/31/new-challenge/

    Maybe it will work for you also.

    Jessie

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  13. i'm looking forward to it :) bring it on 2013!

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  14. I hope you have the most wonderful new year, Danielle. I think 2013 is going to be an incredibly amazing year. I really do.

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