Tomorrow night people with gather with large groups of friends, maybe strangers in time square, perhaps curled on the couch with loved ones or alone and reflect on this past year and where they want their 2017 to go. Some will make loose promises to be better to themselves and others. Some will make detailed, well documented lists of all the things they intend to do this year and why. Some will boycott the idea of resolutions entirely.
Me? Around September of this year, after about a year of raising a brand new human and focusing very little on myself and the goals I wanted to accomplish, I sat down and wrote out a 101 things to do in 1001 days list with the things I most wanted to accomplish both big and small. It spans from the BIG – writing a cookbook (even if I publish it myself and Chichi and Steph are the only ones who buy copies) all the way to the small – go on a picnic. Each item on my list is a loosely defined item that I felt would bring me growth, happiness or success in the 1001 days to follow. I gave myself permission to change items that, over time, no longer jived with my personal mission and goals. Because lets be real, this is life. Things are bound to change and move and shift. With 902 days to go I’ve checked off 10% of my goals including visiting the Big E, making a childrens book for the kids and hosting a Friendsgiving.
I’ve still got several to go like completing a 365 day photo challenge (starting January 1 2017) and an End of Summer Lobster Party but the opportunities and options all give me immense happiness thinking of them and an huge amount of hope. Something I feel 2016 as a whole had lacked on a broad scale. I evaluate them weekly and decide what to focus on this week and what might come next. Each time I read it I feel excited for the pending adventures, fun, service and growth. I won’t be making any new resolutions come January 1, I’ll just be refocusing on my goals after a brief holiday break spent with family and friends.
As you go into this season of resolutions, should you choose to do so, my wish for you is to make some that make you feel good in your bones and to remember that growth is a fluid thing. It doesn’t always start and finish on January 1st, sometimes it starts on a random Thursday evening in September. But most importantly I hope that for all of us this 2017 is AMAZINGGGGGGGGGGGGG!
Happy New Year from my family at The Allen Table to yours <3