Monday, January 01, 2007

Happy New Year!!!!

I wish I could take a picture of this very moment for you. I'm sitting in my parents' kitchen chatting with my them and watching Mark cook Creme Caramel. Outside the sliding door the weather is positively balmy, the sun is shining, the birds are confused, and the grass seems to be getting greener by the minute!

It's a new year! It's a new day! It's a fresh start, a new beginning, another chance. I feel uncharacteristically positive about this whole 2007 thing. My life and the lives of those around me have been changing at an incredible rate. Every horoscope I read tells me that I need to get on with the business of my dreams because some celestial body moved into my sign and that means money. (Scorpios take note!) Last year I feel like I laid the foundations for this one. I now have my very own tribe of like-minded women, books begun, websites growing, and some physical boundaries shifted. I also have a gorgeous new niece (see above) and another year to get on with it.

My cousin sent me an e-card that helps you to make your resolutions. You fill in a number, a couple of adjectives and a couple of verbs and it fits them into sentences that are your resolutions for the year. Here are my results:

1. Lose 25 pounds (how did it know?)
2. Be more beautiful (awwwwwwww!)
3. Be less strong (I read this as let loose a little more and worry a little less!)
4. Stop walking (I was worried about this until I read this next one)
5. Start dancing (yes!)
6. Jump every day. (heh heh heh heh heh.)

Last year I decided that I wasn't going to make resolutions any more. I never ever did any of them, so I decided to choose a theme instead. I thought if I did that if I could simply try to make my decisions based on the theme, that I could make small changes towards goals. My self-chosen theme for 2006 was "Brave." Looking back I can easily make a list of things from last year that I am proud of. I know that I have been brave this year.

So this year I had a real think about what my theme for the year is going to be. I've decided on 'Grow.' I intend real growth this year. My muscles, my resolve, my bank balance, my romance, my friendships, my tribe's success, our website, my word count, my own beauty and confidence, all of these things could use growth in 2007. So my only resolution for this year is to make as many decisions as I can that will create positive growth.

To all of you who are reading this, I wish you the most happy and prosperous new year you can imagine. I also ask you what your own theme might be for this fresh new year? What do you intend?


P.S. If you are looking for a real way to make a positive resolution or two, read this ass-kicking post by Felicia. She constantly inspires me to look at the way I am living differently and today is no exception.


liz elayne said...

happy new year dear meg!

the theme of growth is a beautiful one full of strength and hope. love it.

it sounds like you are having a wonderful time with your family. i am so glad.

and getting on with the business of your dreams - love it!

felicia said...

i completely agree with you re: resolutions. i don't make them because i find, more often than not, that i break them. i think of personal and professional attainable goals. And sometimes I make these goals and sometimes I don't. For me, I try not attach a whole year to it because I find that we're a work in if it takes me 2 years to lose that extra weight or ten to launch that business, i haven't necessarily failed. I've just promised myself that i would start to plant those necessary seeds and do as much as I can to move in the right direction :)
thanks for linking to me, btw. Happy New Year!!!
xoxoxox, f.

Jessie said...

YAY Meg!! God, I love this post. I mean, it just feels me up with...GROWTH! Your energy and optimism for the coming year is contagious.

Happy New Year to you, dear Meg!

lots of love,

Kerstin said...

Actually I think my theme will be SHRINK! Great idea though to have a theme rather than resolutions, and yours sounds just perfect for the journey that you're on. Wishing you all the best for a healthy and successful 2007, Meg!

Anonymous said...

I love this post, Meg. You sound so positive and enthusiastic. I am also feeling very optimistic about this year (and am glad to hear that Scorprios are in for a good ride financially--yay!).

My theme this year (as you know from my post) is "more" so we seem quite compatible in waht we seek. Wishing you all the best each step of the way :-)

Jessie said...

just wanted to let you know that the word "growth" made its way into my own writing today...and i wanted to say thank you for that.

it's a good word. ;)

Tongue in Cheek Antiques said...

"live simply so others may simply live!" D.D. Bravo to Kool-aid and your linking to her!

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year Megg.

Amber said...

That sounds like a great theme for the year. I guess a "theme" is better than resolutions! Less fear of failure, because even small things count in a theme as a whole. So I guess my theme will be to Stay Open. Thanks!

It sure sounds like you are off to a good start, too. I bet it will be a great year fo you. ;) What a cute baby, too!

Happy New Year.


la vie en rose said...

happy new year love!

i totally LOVE your idea about a theme! the spc for this month is resolutions and i was a little disappointed because although i normally make resolutions this year i wasn't going to because i wanted to relax and let life unfold. maybe that would be a good theme for me...

HoBess said...

I stopped to stare at the word Brave where you wrote it, knowing all the brave things you did last year. YAY MEGG!
I like the idea of a theme, too, as my old lists (exercise, etc.) have new meaning after 2006. So, I'll pick a word for you: ENERGY. I feel new energy this new year, and I can tell you do to!

Safe travels!

Anonymous said...

YOU are an inspiration too, my dear, don't you forget it.


can i borrow your idea for a theme? i love it.

Anonymous said...

Great themes, I'm really loving this concept. Hope you have a great new year!

Jamie said...

Woohoo I can just feel the sparks flying off you, girl! 2007 is going to be a good one! I love your theme and the way you're envisioning it.

“Every blade of grass has its angel that bends over it and whispers, 'Grow, grow.” (The Talmud) And so do you!

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year Gorgeous! I am loving your theme and can feel positive vibes oozing from your words.
Have fun with it!

Alexandra S said...

Happy New Year Megg!!! You are already all you want to become and I can't believe that this time last year I didn't even know that your wonderful self existed! I hope we will get to meet again at some point this year and I am wishing you a mesmerizing, amazing, abundant new year. Thank you for being you!

melba said...

I just posted about Grow" on my blog too.
Great minds think alike :)

I wish you to blossom this year!(really continue to; because I see you right before my eyes!)


ceanandjen said...

Happy New Year! Your happiness is infectious!!!! As I started reading this post, the song "Feeling Good" by Nina Simone starting playing in my head...."It's a new dawn, it's a new day, it's a new life for me....and I'm feeling good......"

I believe that my "theme" is peace in my soul. As I said over on Michelle's blog, that will encompass many things, and goodness knows how it will manifest, but it is what I crave...peace and contentment.

I hope that this year manifests in glorious ways for you!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I am celebrating New Years twice -
the islamic one as well with my
friend -
and so i am quite inspired...


Anonymous said...

A wonderful 2007 full of growth to you dear Megg!