In late 2012, I created a life list when I took an online course with Karen Walrond. Like her, I’m not big on “resolutions,” but I loved the idea of constructing a list of things I’d like to do – no deadlines.
It simply made me more aware of activities I wanted to experience, and if opportunities surfaced, I told myself I would say, “YES!”
As a result, in the past 12 months I ran a half-marathon, attended a blog conference, visited the Grand Canyon with my family, donated blood, volunteered for some worthy causes, started my yoga practice, planted tulips and joined a book club.
Being a busy working mom, I know I need to protect my time, but I also recognize I need to say, “yes” if I want to keep growing and learning and loving.
So with 2014 knocking on the door, I began thinking about the next 12 months. I certainly haven’t tackled everything on my list of 100, so if the right moments materialize, I’ll tackle more.
But beyond checking things off a list, I want to focus on a singular word to guide the next year – kindness. 2013 was about discovery and finding more of what makes me happy. My list will continue to help me live that desire, but I like the concept of selecting a one-word mantra for the year.
I’m always planning and doing and go-go-going. My bosses often tell me I have the reputation if something needs to get done, “Ask Kerry.”
That is certainly a great brand, but I want to focus on tempering my competitive drive – when it makes sense – and looking at each moment as a chance to be kind.
- Can I deliver more compliments – if they are truly authentic? I hate being fake!
- Can I soften my feedback?
- Can I do more thoughtful gestures?
- Can I say thank you more often? Show appreciation more?
- Can I give without expecting anything in return? As a parent, I definitely do this, but can I do it when it comes to other adults?
Yes, I’m not a resolution person, but I do love a new year for its promise of a fresh start.
2013 presented me with many beautiful moments, but I had my share of “lows” too. That’s life! We pick ourselves up and begin again.
Do you have a word for 2014, or a resolution? If yes, wishing you patience, persistence and luck as you pursue your goals in the months ahead.
Happy 2014 – thanks for your readership, comments and kind words over the past 12 months. They brighten my day in so many ways – more than you’ll ever know. 🙂