If you read my last post about travel plans, you know I’ve been thinking a lot about 2012. (Not to worry, I’ve also been spending time enjoying precisely where I’m at.) I just happen to think there’s absolutely nothing wrong with getting excited about what lies ahead. And it would seem 2012 will be worth getting excited about.
There were a lot of things in 2011 I loved. But it was also a year of healing and getting situated and figuring out what the hell I was doing. At the end of last year, I took part in a blogging event meant to help sift through thoughts about the year and set some intentions for the year ahead. My very first post was called One Word, in which I chose a word that described the current year and picked a new word that I hoped would describe 2011. The word I chose for 2011 was harmony. I hoped all the travel and adventure and braveness would come together and feel like harmony by the end of 2011.
So how did I do? Not bad. I wouldn’t say the entire year was harmonious. It was tumultuous at times. It was heartbreaking. It was brave. But all-in-all, I’d say it did come together to feel like harmony. Because I think all of those things needed to occur to bring me to this place. And today — today I feel ready to take on another year. I’m excited. I think seriously good things are around the corner. Hell, seriously good things are already here.
So here’s what I really liked about choosing a word for 2011: when faced with a difficult situation or making a decision, I often thought of my word. I asked myself — is this going to make harmony, or will it make more of a mess? Seriously. I did that. And I think it helped.
So for 2012, I want a new word — a new theme. I’ve been thinking about what my word should be, and I’ve realized this year is more of a phrase year. My phrase for this year is: to the full.
I want to take chances, have adventures and travel. I will do what I want regardless of the opinions of others. I choose to be open to opportunities. I will go with the flow, with the moment, with my intuition. This coming year will be lived to the full. Even the smallest moments — I’m going to soak them up. Perhaps you’ll join me in choosing a theme for the year?
In the next few days I’ll sit down and put some thought into 2012. What do I want to accomplish? What sounds like fun? Nothing too detailed. Nothing that requires strict following to the “T” — just a little something to start the year in a good direction, to get me thinking of what to the full really means. I definitely have a few things I want to accomplish, and I have some fun ideas the get the year started all smiles.
Actually, the first thing is to paint a few accent walls in my apartment! This will be my first attempt at painting anything with color, and I’m seriously excited and bit freaked out. Luckily, I have Angela to help! So that’s where I’m headed next — to Home Depot to pick up a few cans of Cozumel and a handful of paint supplies. Pictures to come, peeps! (Keep your fingers crossed for me that this goes well!) Until next time, do you have a theme for 2012? If so, I would love to hear it!