2012 Resolutions Around The Blogosphere!
NEWS | Nirasha Jaganath | January 2, 2012 at 1:31 pm
Love ‘em or hate ‘em you have to admit a New Year just smells better with new hopes and goals. Sure come end of January and you may break some of them but truth be told they will always be lingering on your mind. I personally just love the opportunity to start to think about what is important for me to start with. Something about a clean slate makes you itch to write on it.
I asked a few friends of mine about their resolutions and loved reading the responses.
My resolution, if this is what it is called, remains the same for 2012. Professionally, I am busy and have tons of projects already in place of which I am proud and excited about. But personally I am also passionate about the stance I have taken and selective about the people who surround me.
Life is too beautiful and short, too precious and fragile. It is not meant to be wasted or taken for granted. For 2012, I promise to love, give, support, cheer for, laugh with, and be there for my family, my friends, and at least a little each day for me too.
Live, love and laugh. Make every day worth it. Happy New Year everyone!
Professionally, I resolve to continue to make my case for higher rates fro my site and my time. I resolve to take mediocre pitches and turn them into an opportunity to educate PR firms about my worth. I am going to have a series of cut and paste replies. You know how we get the Dear Mommy Blogger pitches? Well, I’ll have a standard reply to match the level of effort and interest that went into such silly pitches. I’m going to spend more time and effort working the the brands and professionals that understand our capacity to start a conversation amongst smart, savvy women.
Personally, I resolve to attempt to get to bed earlier!
I want to take my whole family, all 4 kids to Disney for a full week. We’ve never all been together, and I would love nothing more than to see 4 smiling faces walk into the Parks. I also would like to surprise them with the trip. It’s a goal for 2012, we’ll see if it happens, but we’ve been talking about it seriously! I feel like they’re at the perfect ages – 3, 4, 6 and 7.
I am resolving to worry less in 2012! (This makes sense for the author of Good Enough Is the New Perfect, doesn’t it?) I recently read an interesting story from CNN, which offered Six Tips from Your Future Self
. The tips are based on the research of a Cornell professor, who conducted several studies involving 1,200 older Americans and the advice they would offer to the younger generation. The CNN piece highlighted excessive worry as a big regret: “[I}f there’s one do-over the elders wish they could have, it would be not spending precious time worrying obsessively about the future. They said this as clearly as can be: ‘Worry wastes your life.’ ‘Worrying never solved anything. So don’t.’
My New Years Resolution is to ignore every knock on the door of the bathroom.
One of my favorite quotes is “Action expresses priorities
.” by Mahatma Gandhi.
In 2012, I resolve to consistently act in a manner that is true to my personal priorities. If I do that, I’m confident that everything else will fall into place.
I’m resolving this year to make more time for myself. I have a habit of putting everything else first — my family, my work, etc., and then find little time for things like exercise and friends. For my own mental and physical health, I’m committing to take one hour a day for me to address those things. Sadly, that means I’m also going to have to get out of bed earlier to accomplish this, and I am not a morning person! My fingers are crossed I can accomplish this!
Instead of holding myself to over-reaching resolutions, I’m giving myself 3 umbrella terms under which to conduct myself in 2012.
The first one is “gumption”. I want to cut the strings of fear and limitation. To go for those big, unrealistic dreams and not look down.
The second is “grace”. I want to have more of it. For my family, my friends, and myself.
And the third is “grind-stone”. This one is all about putting the time, energy and sometimes hard work into what means the most to me. My family, my home, my friendships, and my creative work.
2011 was a brutal year, it was the year my dad, the firs love of my life passed away and this experience has changed me in ways I can’t even articulate. I think the one common thread of all the resolutions I have swirling about in my head is that I will not sweat the small stuff in every aspect of my life. I feel the need to spend less time obsessing on the things I can’t change and more time on the stuff that really matters; my kids, my husband, my dog, myself. I will not allow little things to throw me into a full on panic and tizzy- I will not allow others to dictate to me where or what I should be doing. I am going to spend this year getting truly comfortable in this 38 year old body of mine- crooked nose, big butt and loving every last square inch of myself. I am going to honor my father’s spirit by seeing each day as a new gift to unwrap, explore and to care less about the crumbs underfoot and my husband’s refusal to change his clothes. I’m going to try desperately to just be, and feel that is good enough.
So…my main resolution for 2012 is to try to live in the moment with my family as much as possible. I want to stop trying to capture every second for social media’s sake and just focus on laughing and loving a little longer instead, especially while my kids are still little. Social media is a wonderful thing, but it has also become a huge distraction in my life. I need to figure out how to turn it back a few notches. I also want to focus more on writing children’s books (my personal career goal) and less on blogging. 2012 will be a year for getting my priorities straight!