Tuesday, January 08, 2008

spt



hello, 2008!!

i love "new" years. i love looking forward, planning, dreaming. january is about the only time of year that i actually *embrace* change. what is key for me is that i don't really think about it as change. i choose to think about it as growth.

many of you know that i am a paper journaler, a lover of bound memories. for many years, i have used a 10+ journal, which includes pages for looking ahead to each year. i use these pages to simply list things i would like to accomplish in the upcoming year: play the piano more often, sew a cute skirt pattern, put more money in savings, bless my family, love... the lists are often "off the top," ramblings and far-reachings mixed with specific goals. some lists are short, some go on and on. many items carry over from year to year.

the funny thing is, i seldom go back to that page throughout the year. but it has become a new year's eve ritual of mine to sit down with my journal and check off the items i accomplished, and create my list for the upcoming year. it is so gratifying to see the things i've done, and sometimes humorous to see some of the things i actually wrote on the list.

all of this is to say, i guess i don't make resolutions, per se. i don't want a reason to get down on myself when i don't cross something off of my list. i want a reason to celebrate the things i DID accomplish!

however, this year, i resolve to do ONE thing. this year i resolve to embrace my word of the year. i resolve to wake up in the morning with this word on my lips, i resolve to let it guide my thoughts and actions throughout the year.

i resolve to open the door on this new year!



30 comments:

donna said...

what a wonderful SPT!
I think that is so great that you celebrate the things YOU DID accomplish! I need to do that as well :)




I love your word of the Year "OPEN"! :)

Elizabeth said...

Love your photo and I love your word. It will be fun to see the things you pen up to this year.

Becky Porter said...

Great photo, Lelly! And thank you so much for this SPT challenge--it gave me the motivation I needed to get excited about growth :)

Amy said...

I love this post & your word for the year is fantastic. Thank you for the inspiration!

Chris said...

Thanks Lelly, This was really good for me to do. I enjoy your challenges, they keep me on my toes. Happy New Year!

Jessica said...

I like your photo, I need to be a little more creative!

Barb said...

You look beautiful in this self portrait, and I am also looking forward to having a word to stimulate growth and change.

Rebekah said...

You've motivated me to start keeping a paper journal again.

The monkey bunch said...

so, I found you from a friend of a friend of a friend- so on. But, one thing I really want to work on is taking pictures. I need to take a class, but until I have time, I'll just join in with the challenges, if you don't mind!

Kelly said...

That is a beautiful picture of you. I think it really reflects your word -- open. Great word!

Rachel said...

I'm impressed you go back over your list for the previous year! I could definitely do a little more celebrating of my actual accomplishments, rather than dwelling on what I did not do! A wonderful SPT!

carlo said...

AWEsome spt. and very cute pics!

Neighbor Jane Payne said...

What a creative and pretty picture Lelly. Thanks for an inspiring SPT.

Natasha said...

I love your word of the year and the Forbes quote.

Michelle A. said...

So loved this SPT Lelly, I've been so slack at completing these - but I'm set for the new year and ready for your next assignment! Open, is such a great word for the year! Good Luck!

Hannah said...

Great word! I love the picture- you totally look ready for this to be YOUR year.

pjmesser said...

Great SPT lelly!! I am so inspired by your word OPEN.
I absolutely love how you go back & remember all the things you accomplished. I hope blogging will give me a better chance to do that in the coming years.

April said...

Your SPT makes me wish I was standing outside your door about to come in for coffee cake and a good chat. Happy New "Open"
Year!

Jill said...

I like your attitude about this, it's much more positive and less daunting than the traditional take on new years.

kristi said...

thanks again for pushing us.

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Rhonda said...

I am very new to all of this but I really like the idea of taking some time for myself.

I love the picture and your word!

Rachael said...

I am looking forward to doing this!

Amanda said...

I am excited to participate this year because I think it will be good for me to document my word...and I am NEVER in photographs so this will be a stretch. Your word is great and inspiring!

Jen said...

this is a great word! i love it! i love your spts...i've got to get this one done, even though i'm already late!

LJ said...

Hi!
I'm Kristi everythingispink's sis-in-law. Can I join up too? How do I?

Lisa said...

Long time lurker, jumping aboard!

Courtney said...

New to this spt - but have loved looking at my friend's for the past several months and decided for 2008 I'd jump on the bandwagon! Thanks for the challenges!

carlo said...

wahoo for spt...

Kim Sue said...

lots of lurking
finally jumped in
although almost a week late
but here i am!

Poulsen Family said...

I've been lurking and loving your idea of SPT and have decided to take the leap this year! I love the creative ideas you come up with.