Sunday, December 30, 2012

2013: story

It's that time of year again, you know, the time when you start reflecting back on what this year has been and what you hope next year will be. And with that, comes the tradition of New Year's resolutions.

Well I have only ever made one resolution that I have ever kept: becoming a vegetarian and this year marks my 20th year as a vegetarian. Can you believe it? I can't! But a couple of years ago, I joined the One Little Word bandwagon and love that approach to resolution making so much more. One word that you work on engendering in your life throughout the year, in the various ways that the word manifests itself.

Last year I chose balance... and I'll be honest, it didn't go as well as I'd have liked. This probably means that I should keep working on it, but well, I like the fresh start so I'll be picking something else for this year.

The year before that, I chose nurture and loved it. I wanted to nurture creativity in my life and since then my life has become one full of craftiness, from etsy to craft fairs, to just finding my own creative voice(s).

This year I'm going with story because I want to engender a couple different themes in my life this year:
  • The story of family and home and the new traditions that Paul and I are continuing to create for our little family in our new home
This year we celebrated with my family, who flew in from BC and the UK (and bused in from Ontario)
  • I want to rethink what my story is in the coming years. I'm in this home in the suburbs, happily married to this wonderful life partner, but still long for adventure beyond house and family. I don't want the white picket fence life, even while I do. So I feel like the challenge in the next few years for me is going to be learning to find a balance between the two in order to live a life-story that embodies who I aspire to be in the world. It's a tall order, but I want to think about story in a way that means what is the story I (we) am (are) creating and what conscious decisions are we making in order to make it the best story that we can.
The year ahead of me is going to be full of challenges and changes (as is every year in some way) but now more than ever, I find myself wanting to ensure that we don't slip into the status quo and that we make our story together unique, full of laughter, sustainable, and a reflection of us.


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