New Beginnings

January 1, 2010

A new year, a new calendar

Starting a new calendar and day planner

“Nothing is essential except beginning.”
     — Sherry Ruth Anderson and Patricia Hopkins, The Feminine Face of God

I consider every day the beginning of a new year, and therefore my New Year’s resolutions are apt to be on-going efforts to be grateful, appreciate and love my family, learn new things, create art, explore new worlds, and find beauty in my ordinary, every day life.  Here are a few special things I hope to concentrate on in 2010:

  • Pare back my material possessions, give away things that no longer reflect my interests, lighten my load, minimize clutter;
  • Read more poetry;
  • Travel to New York city for the first time in my life, visit museums, walk through various neighborhoods, take pictures;
  • Continue daily posts to my blog through April 14th (the one-year anniversary of its launch) and then re-evaluate its direction;
  • Walk or take the bus to work more frequently (drive less) and explore Seattle by bus;
  • Learn to bake bread;
  • Make at least one trip home to Minnesota to spend time with my Dad and family;
  • Spend more time outdoors hiking and camping.

I don’t foresee any big changes in my life in the year ahead.  My regular life, with its routines and responsibilities, provides plenty of material for growth and creativity and thought.  Books and movies send me on mental journeys, which are almost as satisfying as physical ones.  My boxes of fabric scraps and watercolors are the raw materials for more art and handcrafted projects than I can possibly complete in one year.  If I pay attention, my local surroundings provide infinite subjects for my photography and opportunities to feed my soul.

I must continually learn to keep a fresh eye on my world.  “Though I am always one year older, the year is ever new, renascent . . . and whatever I encounter within the season extending before me will be at once familiar and completely new.”
     — David M. Carroll, Following the Water

2 Responses to “New Beginnings”

  1. Margaret Says:

    I’m glad you are continuing your blog into the New Year. We also want to visit NY but Jenna told us that she may not be around in the summer when we are free. Keep us in mind for travel tips…

  2. SMB Says:

    “Continue daily posts to my blog through April 14th (the one-year anniversary of its launch) and then re-evaluate its direction;”

    Whatever the direction is, I hope it’s not the end! Your blog is one of my favorites, and an inspiration.

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