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Monday, February 7, 2011

A Kinder, Gentler 2011

Well, I did it again. Came back from the holidays, promised some posts and then went MIA. I've been doing a lot of Macaroni Kid work. It's going well, but it takes time away from Lucy.

I've also been trying to chill out a little. I mentioned here that I'd be doing a goal a month for 2011. For both January and February I'm focusing on calm. This post I wrote for Chicagonista will fill you in...

Well, the new year is upon us and with the champagne and ball dropping comes the inevitable resolutions.

Last year I had a list of goals on my blog that I was going to work on throughout 2010. The list included everything from socialize more to workout 3 times a week to watch less TV to fixing myself up more. Each month I would go through my list, write a little about each one and then add SUCCESS, WORKS IN PROGRESS, FAIL in BIG capital letters.

It was a little disheartening.

Sure, there were months where the successes outweighed the WIP and failures. But that wasn't always the case. And there were some categories I just plain sucked at. Seeing that big FAIL for the same category month after month?

It wasn't motivating. It was draining.

So this year I'm taking a step back. Yes, I still have things I want to work on. But I'm going a little easier on myself. Instead of aiming for 10 successes every month, I'm going to make one goal a month and just focus on it. And all of my goals will be less outward looking and more inward.

I spent 2 weeks in TX with my family for Christmas and they were the calmest, most relaxing weeks I've had all year. I actually talked to people instead of sending off a fast text or email, I played with my son and nephew without running through my to-do list in my head, I NAPPED! And it was all divine.

So that's what I'm aiming for in 2011--calm, relaxation, being present. Maybe even the occasional nap.

Who's with me?

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