Saturday, January 01, 2011

Hello 2011

I had some trouble coming up with a word for 2011. It's going to be a big year - I'm doing a Dip Ed Bachelor of Teaching this year, on campus at UTS Kuring-gai. Charlie starts school, and Ben starts at a new school with a whole host of extra-curricular activities.

One of my focuses recently has been food - eating a better variety and only eating food I actually want to eat, rather than whatever's in front of me.  I had considered "mindfulness" or some such, but it feels a little proscriptive - something I can fail at, rather than something to improve my life.

Then I was writing a comment on Samantha's post about New Year's resolutions, and "energy" popped into my head. That feels right. "Energy" will be my word for 2011. Mostly it's about an attitude shift - trying hard to work on the assumption that I do have the energy to get through the day, rather than assuming I'm too tired, and I need to get some more sleep, or eat better or whatever else before I can really tackle the housework/get myself moving more/study full time. It's also about doing the things I know help with my energy levels. Good breakfasts, belly dancing, listening to music, varied diet with lots of fresh stuff. "Energy" will sit comfortably with my efforts to approach food in a more sensible way, and will also hopefully improve my overall mood and if I'm really lucky, might even increase my patience! (Or perhaps that should be if my family is really lucky...)

So what's 2011 going to be for you? Do you have resolutions? General or specific goals? Are you just glad to see the back of 2010, or are you hoping for more of the same?


  1. Happy New Year Ariane!

    As you know, I don't do resolutions, and I'm not really a conscious goal oriented person. I tend to just do stuff and not think of it as goals or anything. But this past year has been amazing, and I've grown and learnt so much. I intend to keep building on that, keep working on living the fullest life I can, and taking time to appreciate the amazing people in my life and things that come my way all the time.

  2. Happy New Year to you too!

    That's about as positive an outlook for a year as I can imagine! :) I hope it's another great year for you.

  3. Love the word as resolution idea.. and you picked a good word. Happy New Year!

  4. It's a good idea isn't it? It's totally stolen from MPJ.

    Happy New Year to you too!