Wednesday, January 2, 2013

A New Year

The new year has begun. The excitement of Christmas has passed. The baking, cooking, wrapping, decorating, celebrating, all finished. The anticipation of the new year's start is over, as well as the very first day of 2013. Hopes and wishes for good health and happiness extended to family and friends.

I'm not one to make resolutions like many people like to do at the new year. However, I do enjoy making lists of goals to accomplish.

A New Year  ©Dora Sislian Themelis


The word feels like a defeat from the start. We resolve to...something. As if we were delinquent, not up to par, and we need to get a slap on the wrist by resolving our bad behavior?

I'll pass on the resolution to be a better person thing.

I want to DO better. Meet a challenge. Cross items off a list. Feel a sense of accomplishment.

Goals are upward moving. So I'm making a list of goals to meet in the year ahead. The list evolves as I move along in time. Here's a start:

  • Walk every day
  • Start, and finish things
  • Schedule each day and block out hours of activity
  • Make better use of computer: web site, email list, contacts, etc
  • Continue working on art making
  • Participate in more events to show my work
  • Relax
  • Connect, network, smile
  • Expect abundance and be grateful

It's a beginning. As I said, the list can, and will, change.

Last year, some goals I planned to meet ended up being abandoned. Others I decided not to act on at all. A few I met with flying colors.

I have no expectations other than to review the list each day, each week, each month, and revise, cut, add, change.

Things are going well so far. Today I walked.

It's a start.


  1. Happy New Year, Dora & family!
    I love your humor (I had a big laugh! But a bit dry? Oh, make a sweet one next please). The resolutions are all wonderful and practical. Very happy to know your nice start. Keep up.
    All the very best, Sadami


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