Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Hello '11. And then 12.

I've always had this thing with the number 11. At 11:11 I touch the digital clock and make a wish. Eleven is a good number. Ten, meh. 2010 was a hard one for me, I won't pretend otherwise. It started quite terribly. In a funk. It took months to dig myself out of it. I spent the first half of it fearful of turning 30. Much of the year felt like I was slogging through. Surviving. I had some rough classes, some irrational personal fears and worries, I had a bad attitude. It wasn't until summer that I started to perk up a bit. But maybe it was just seasonal affective disorder.

But 2011? Eleven has to be good, right? I feel hopeful about the new year. Alice, the best roommate-friend known to mankind, has been reading this book all about a woman's journey toward greater happiness. Alice loves books like these. From what she's told me, each month of the year this woman set a goal, small and slight, and then proceeded with it for the entire month, and into the next month and the next goal. Each slight improvement became habit. Each made her life feel more pleasant. And I think it is a good idea.

So here you have my 12 goals for the year:

1. January:
Go to bed earlier. Sleep is our friend. This is also my scariest goal.

2. February:
Read your scriptures and write a (minimum of) one sentence statement describing the personal significance of what you read. Every. Single. Day.

3. March:
You're turning 30. Spend each day of this month finding something to celebrate about yourself, your life, your body, your career, your relationships. Sing the song of yourself all month long. Write it down each day.

4. April:
Eat 5-7 servings of fruits and veggies every single day this month.

5. May:
Clean or organize something (a closet or cupboard, a load of laundry, anything) for 10 minutes every day.

6. June:
Move your body (at the gym, dancing in the living room, taking the stairs, hiking, doing some PM yoga) every day this month.

7. July:
Make your bed every day this month.

8. August:
Take a single picture that captures each day of the month.

9. September:
Read something you want to (not for school but for YOU) for a minimum of 10 minutes each day this month.

10. October:
Limit your computer time at home. 30 minutes per day tops. That's it. The exception: if you write a blog post.

11. November:
This is a month of gratitude. Make a statement of something you are grateful for each day of the month, on your blog, on facebook, to the students in your classes, your family, your friends. Appreciate life.

12. December:
This is a month of giving and sacrifice. Find a way each day to sacrifice and serve someone every day this month. It can be as simple as holding the elevator or letting a car merge in. It can be as grand as a service project. Spend each day this month intentionally, mindfully giving of yourself.

So what are your plans for the new year? I'm turning 30 and teaching and going to Cancun. That's all I know for sure. And isn't that the best part of a new year: the potential, the mystery, the hope of something splendid?

Happy 2011, friends!


Lildonbro said...

ew...make your bed everyday for a month!? I'm on that one...what an excellent goal - of course, they all are :) But that one and the bed making one - I should really focus on.

Jen said...

I like this approach. I love the May one. I should do that every day. My plan for the year is to give birth, and that's about as ambitious as it will get.

Sephalo said...

I like this..a lot! Great ideas. I totally think you can master them all! (me, hhhmm not so much lol)

Go get 'em tiger!

Stephanie said...

I am inspired. I may have to borrow this idea. I hope you have a wonderful, successful and inspiring year!

Artisan Bakers said...

I to love this idea...thanks for a great blog!

Heidi said...

I really like this idea. I just might borrow it.

Kris said...

I love this, and I can tell already: I LOVE 2011! It's going to be oh so much better than 2010, I swear.

Alice said...

I love this list! Several of them made me smile. I can't wait to see what this year brings for you.

Libby said...

I love this. I love that you have to make a goal to make your bed. I should do that as well. But...I probably won't!

Good luck, I'm rooting for you!!

P.S. My little sister is also an 11-O-Phile. I just made that term up...yeah, you can probably tell.

Lindsay Kay said...

That is a great list of goals. I totally second goal number 2. That's my favorite way to study the scriptures. I also listen to them on my ipod while I read. i get so much more out of them. You're great, Rookie :)