I spent New Year’s Eve of 2009 watching movies on my couch, afraid that if anything could go wrong, it would do so in the last hours of 2009. Superstitious? Yes, but 2009 was an awful year, so I was playing it safe.
2010 brought with it strength, calm, and celebration. My mother amazes me; she gets stronger everyday. My parents are about to move into a new home, something I’m so excited about. My friends have celebrated marriages, engagements, children, and buying their first homes this year! I feel so blessed to be able to celebrate these things with the people I love.
I had personal celebrations as well; 2010 brought my debut on the big screen, with the festival release of Colin Hearts Kay! I was a featured expert in a book, a real one, with pages! I learned to run, really run. All things I am personally very proud of. But, one of the things I am most grateful for about 2010 is that it provided me with a return to normalcy.
Quiet nights at home, weekly nights out with friends, mornings writing in coffee shops, and weekends with my family; this year gave me a whole new appreciation for the simple things.
So what am I resolving for December? Glad you asked. I’m dedicating this month to reflection and sending 2010 off on a high note.
- Give. One of my 2010 New Year’s resolutions was to give back more to my community through volunteer time and charitable donations. I usually make some charitable contributions, but this year I upped my output quite a lot. As a last-stitch effort to go out with a bang I have requested that the guests at my birthday party nix gifts and instead donate to my charity of choice, this year it’s Ronald McDonald House Charities. I will match dollar for dollar the contributions made.
- 2. Holiday Spirit. I love this time of year. I love the lights. The parties. The cheesy holiday music. I love how happy people seem around this time of year to spend time with their friends and family. I’m corny, but I do often walk around smiling to myself. This year I’m going to bring it on full force. Tonight is the first night of Hanukkah. I’m thinking latkes and dreidels are most definitely in order. Once Hanukkah is over I’m putting up my Christmas tree. That’s how I roll; I’m an equal opportunity holiday celebrator. Then comes my birthday (my favorite holiday), then my parent’s anniversary, then New Years! I’m getting excited just thinking about it. I may invest in some mistletoe and hope someone stops by 😉 A girl can dream, right?
- 3. Spread the Love. A few months ago I resolved to start a letter writing campaign. Real mail is the best, and while this time of year is full of Christmas cards, few and far between are the real letters. I’m going to resolve again to send a letter a week.
- 4. Chillax. It’s the end of the year and work/life balance is the name of the game. I may take this opportunity to cut back on some of my freelance work, and instead opt into more holiday parties, and cider dates with friends. I’m very lucky that my freelance work tends to be fairly self-governed, so I can cut back when I need or want to. This month I’m actively choosing to cut back, sleep more, and take in the world around me.
Sure this month is a bit corny; I’ll save the super ambitious resolutions for January. What are your last resolutions for 2010?