I am a big believer in New Years Resolutions. Not necessarily because I need January 1st to come around every year to set goals. But because it sparks at least a few moments of reflection and opens the door for planning and dreaming about the future. I often become contemplative around this time of year and appreciate a date on the calendar as a milestone reminding me to take a step back and “think bigger” than I normally do.
This year, I have a lot of things I’d like to do (my own private list is a long one scribbled in my planner). 2015 starts with me in a hugely different place than I started 2014. This time last year, I had just formally decided to leave my job and leave the East Coast and move to Indiana for this next new adventure. I hope that 2015 will be a year about connecting to this new place as well as reaching out to new and old friends far away. So I’ve decided on the following four resolutions as a starting point. I’ll expand on each of these in the next few weeks as I think about what projects, priorities, and approaches I’ll use to achieve these over the course of the year.
- I resolve to connect more with people I care about across distance. I have some absolutely incredible people in my life who unfortunately live in quite disparate places. However, after moving many times before and befriending people who are used to traversing the globe, I am sure that distance should not be insurmountable in staying connected.
- I resolve to give year-round. I have always loved making gifts and often do this for the holiday season. However, I want to be sure that even with my work on Lane 33 1/2, I still take the time to make or send gifts throughout the year. This keeps me thinking about people I love frequently and keeps my eye sharp to things and ideas that might appeal to the people in my life. To me, this can be more meaningful than gathering packages in a frenzy during a pre-ordained period.
- I resolve to celebrate and gather more often. In our busy house (and yours?) we sometimes run so fast that we don’t take the time to celebrate and appreciate the good moments, big or small. For me, the opportunity to cook a great meal, set a table, and sit down for conversation and laughter is one of the best experiences I can create or share with others. Gathering and spending time with people I care about is something I want to do more this year to feed my soul.
- I resolve to grow local roots. I feel so much better when I can learn about and find roots in the place where I live. I missed this sorely in my previous home where I was a daily commuter and never successfully made friends or strong ties to the town where I “laid my head at night”. I’ve now been in Indiana for about six months and have already started to lay roots. Now I want to get to know the area better, meet more people in the creative community, see the natural beauty in the area, and find ways to support our local economy.
With all this in mind, I’m ready to ring in the New Year tonight, leap off a chair into 2015 (to celebrate a family tradition), toast the birthday of one of my closest friends who lives across the country, and welcome the chance to pursue a year of new dreams and goals. What is coming for you in 2015?