Sunday, January 6, 2013

Let's Try that Again....

…my last post addressing the New Year was rather cynical and aloof which really isn’t my style, so let’s begin anew…

Happy New Year!

Believe me, I’m fully aware the New Year is well underway but I’ve always been a late bloomer. I consistently prove to be ‘a day late a dollar short’ type of person so bear with me as I indulge you with my thoughts on beginning 2013.

If you recall my post last year at this time (click here to read it), I pronounced I didn’t believe in making resolutions merely because the pages of January replaced December. Why set myself up for failure when weeks later, I undoubtedly will fall short of said desired goals.

Therefore, I will proceed with declaring my ‘word’ that will be the focus of the next 365 days. Last year my word was ‘present’ as in ‘to be present’. My hopes when choosing this utterance were many but primarily to allow my mind and heart to center on the places and people within my midst at any given moment. The desire was to negate worrying about circumstances in which I had no immediate control.

To surmise my progress I must update the happenings of 2012. A job transfer necessitated a school swap which altered my immediate supporting cast; need I remind you I am not a proponent for change? My time, energy and efforts gravitated toward the eleven precious little ones under my care at school while my husband and son soldiered on and held down the home front.

So was I ‘present’ throughout? While the answer to that precise inquiry is up for discussion I do know one thing; the New Year does invite one to pause and evaluate the status of one’s life, namely mine.  I’ve given immense vigor without regret in the workings of my classroom so I am able to comfortably stand before you and proclaim my word of 2013…

Drum rolls please….BALANCE!

The focus of my days, at least for the next 359 is to retain those activities I relinquished; my blogging, marketing my book as well as developing the next. I will preserve the sacrificed quality time with ‘my boys’ in the evenings and on the weekends rather than conduct school work.  I will uphold taking care of myself in regards to taking walks and eating healthy. I will carry on the interests in scrapbooking, reading and photography. But most of all, I will sustain the behaviors of being the friend I’m known to be for folks in my life that need a shoulder to cry on, an ear to hear or could do with a hug.

Accordingly, in 2013 I can and will work in the direction of grasping all elements that encompass a full and healthy life; I welcome and embrace the ensuing transformation.

Welcome 2013!
"Be aware of wonder. Live a balanced life-
learn some and think some
 and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some."
Robert Fulghum


Huntress said...

Love your great to-do, to-be-done list. Excellent, excellent.

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Very nice, Tracy, and I love your WORD... Balance is hard for all of us --just like Patience is (which is one of my hardest words).

I realized too late that my life was over-balanced toward my work for way too many years... I was truly a work-a-holic. The more I did, the harder I worked. Not sure what made me be that way --just trying to do the best I could I guess (which is good to a point). BUT--when the job just grew and grew, I finally began to feel overwhelmed.

With God's help and a job change, I finally realized that there is so much more to life --that I had been missing. I'm so glad that you are working on this good-balance now. Wish I had have done it when I was younger...

God Bless.

Susie Swanson said...

A very inspiring to do list.. I wish you all the best and Happy New Year.

Out on the prairie said...

Some pleasant goals to live with,Happy New Year.

Connie said...

Balance is a great choice, Tracy. I like this plan. It makes good sense. Happy New Year!

Jeanie said...

Your have set a very positive goal in seeking balance in your life. I think that balance is a challenge for all of us. I will look forward to hearing of your successes with this challenge.

MunirGhiasuddin said...

I had thoughts of you running through my head several times when the "Sandy hook elementary school shootings took place. God bless you and every one out there teaching and helping the young ones.

Lin said...

Amen, sister. I just wrote that last week....I am not defined by work. It is a place I go for a few hours. It does not own me, for I am a person beyond those 4 walls. And after I leave them, I will not think about them either.

I'm glad you are back, my friend. I have missed you and your blogging.

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

I love your word and what it means to you and the plans you've made for it, Tracy. I wish you the best as you move forward towards balance!

My "theme" this year is "letting go." There are a lot of things I need to let go of. Some of it will be pleasant, some not so pleasant. But I hope I'll be a better person for it!

T. Powell Coltrin said...

I said the same thing but not cyncial. I was all out grumpy about resolutions then I renamed the whole thing. I will call them goals.


Catherine said...

The joy of a new day is that we can start fresh! :)
Balance is a good word!
xo Catherine

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This is wonderful! :D I liked your word for last year, and I like your word for this year as well; both are goals I have had in my life in the past couple or few years. And I LOVE the one word goal for New Years Resolutions! I DO set resolutions, but have added the one word to it because it is easy to remember so it is simple to incorporate into life and make it happen. One word goals I have set for myself have included: Now (live in the present), Courage, Balance (a reminder for myself to seek for balance rather than to stress over perfection), and this year - I may just do BALANCE again! Only this time simply with the goal to keep doing all the good things that make life good. Rather than starting anything new this year, I feel really good about just refining the skills I have developed and making more time for family. So, with inspiration from this post of yours - (thank you! :D) I think I will join you and focus on two words - "Family Balance" I'll have to think upon this for a day or so to be sure. Thanks for your inspiration!
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