Ring In The New Year: Bring Forth What You Love

Long exposure photographs of fireflies in Japan via This is Colossal

I haven't written in such a long time. My brain feels a little bit creaky and my words a little melted around the edges. Can you guess what one of my New Year's Resolutions is? You are correct! Write more! I know many people think the idea of crafting resolutions for the new year is silly. Why dedicate some arbitrary day to goals too slippery to keep? Well, I say, why not? Why not choose one day and bless it with your faith--a faith that you will be just a little bit better this swing around the sun? I love the symbolism of the New Year. We are submerged in the darkest, coldest part of the season (at least in Utah); in that darkness we are inclined to curl up inside of ourselves, dig around for a bit, and then bring forth what we love and what we would love more of.

Because I am an organizational freakshow (I say that lovingly), I made a spreadsheet with all of my resolutions and divided them into categories (e.g. Health, Creativity, Spirituality, etc.) Here are some of my favorite resolutions in no fancy or significant order:

1. Get married to CHB (I know I said these were in no particular order, but this definitely belongs in the #1 slot)

2. Improve my driving skillz. This includes re-learning how to parallel park and not saying swears in the car when I'm stuck behind slow drivers, the majority of whom are really sweet grandmas on their way to visiting teaching.

3. Get on the Downton Abbey fast track. I'm way behind on this trend. I haven't even seen one episode yet but I already know I love the show.

4. Always have fresh flowers in my home. I received some Orchids for Christmas, and my spirit skipped ten notches forward. What miracles flora can fashion for us!

5. Make a new meal every Sunday--I now have a cache of enviable cook books thanks to the matriarchs in my life. This is a spiritual endeavor for me; I want to learn more about feeding my body and the bodies of those I love with healthy food and honest conversation. I want to experience more of my eating and my cooking as communion with the earth, my family, and the Divine. 

6. Try not to get addicted to Pinterest. Oops! Too late!

7. Articulate my gratitude daily. Perhaps I will do this on my blog. Perhaps my journal. Perhaps in my evening assembly with God. Regardless, I don't want to forget how deeply blessed it is to be human.

I think that's enough for tonight. If I can accomplish one of these resolutions by the end of the year, I will be happy. Progress is slow and sweet. How do you feel about making resolutions for the new year?