I think I am still writing 2009! Ready or not another year is here! And it will bring changes to our lives very, very soon!
Is a New Year a time for goals, resolutions, changes? What does a New Year mean to you? A friend and fellow blogger recently posted a challenge… With a lack of goals does life have less meaning? Are you more likely to get swallowed by the everyday instead of searching and growing? Are only big goals such as earning a degree, buying a house, promotion in your job moving you ahead or can little daily tasks/ goals provide as much satisfaction? That is my paraphrase anyhow!
For me finding balance is my goal. Of course in order to achieve balance in life there are constant tasks and daily/ weekly achievements to be made and simultaneously sacrificed. With balance I think you find more inner peace, contentment and happiness. So far the only person that comes to mind is the Dali Lama and his idea of balance would be a bit off balance for me! I find moments of such peace, minutes of such happiness but I will admit I do not live my life consistently in this state!
Staring my photography business will help me balance motherhood. Something for me= more for them. Making and creating things for Ava and Ella allows me to fulfill that creative side of myself. Reading, knitting, blogging these are things for just me which is balanced by motherhood, wifehood and pet ownership tasks needing to get done for others. Sometimes I think we create goals for others. These are things we find adding to our plates that we perceive will make others think highly of us but do not fill our souls. Sometimes we miss the mark entirely. If I just get this promotion I will be happy, only to achieve it and feel nothing. I suppose balance is realizing the difference and learning from our mistakes. No one will figure this out for you and no one can tell you what the right recipe is. I guess that is what make life so tricky!
I am an obsessive list maker; grocery list, cleaning list, things to make list, things to blog list, future presents to buy kids list, business to do list, what to do when I have time list… thought I was kidding about the obsessive thing… NO! The fact is these lists help me provide balance. I choose things from different lists to accomplish different days. Some days the kitchen is clean when my head hits the pillow, others is waits for morning while I read or sew. Eventually most things get done and I am becoming better each year with the fact that there will NEVER be a time when everything is done. There will never be a list where everything is crossed off. In life there is no DONE… until we can find excitement and contentment in that fact we will always be searching.
I came across this download and thought it was a fun light hearted way to look at the new year:
Cheers and good luck in achieving what ever goals, changes and tasks bring you the most happiness!