I absolutely love right now. You know, that week in between Christmas and New Year's Day? Love it. All the anticipation and excitement of Christmas is done and the year is just about over but wait, there's a little bit more. It's like a bonus. Or as my friend, Kelly, so eloquently put it, "sitting in the peaceful, out-breath between Christmas and the New Year." I love that.
It's during this "out-breath" when I start thinking about the new year. What do I want to do? Where do I want to go? Who do I want to be? My mind starts pondering intentions, resolutions, beginnings, new habits, etc. I suppose I do this type of self-work throughout the year; however, it's during this in between that I actually put pen to paper and document how to get from point A to point B.
I have a feeling 2012 will be different. I am aware that these past few three months I have been spending my energy differently. I don't blog like I used to...posting or checking. In fact, I rarely even boot up the computer, only doing so when I work from home or need to upload pictures. I still Facebook regularly but that gets done from my phone. My energy these days mostly goes to my family, catching up on TV shows, volunteering for a friend's campaign or the arts commission, attending church, reading, enjoying a good cup of tea, or getting outside and walking. I am just now starting to get back into journaling but my focus has changed. I see that I am doing more DOING than LEARNING these days. That's good. I've been wanting to do that for years and based on what I'm already doing and what's coming up next year, I think that it's finally coming to light.
Part of my prep for a new year is to establish a calendaring system. This is absolutely one of my most favorite things to do! I've been using a generic calendar app on my phone fairly successfully; however, I do like having a good old-fashioned paper calendar. I love turning the pages, having a place to tuck bills to pay, cards to mail, etc. I also love having the visual of what my day, week or month looks like. After some searching, I decided that I wanted to get this calendar. But then I remembered that I had an unused 2007 edition of this calendar that I found at Goodwill. I decided to do some playing around and alter the old calendar to turn it in to a 2012 calendar.
A 2012 Dymo label over the old year...
...cover the old dates with new dates cut or stamped from numbers from random sources, add a few doodads, some doodling...
...and presto chango, I think it's gonna work!