are you ready…

Monday, December 28th, 2009

…for a new year?

I realize that a lot of my blog posts have become a soliloquy of ‘what does ____ mean to Anna Kate’.  Just an observation…let the soliloquy begin!

I’m not a big New Year’s resolution maker.  I do take a few moments to consider ways to better myself in the new year but I don’t make a poster and tape it to the fridge.  I don’t feel the need.  Plus, when I’m having one of those days (I’m sure you’ve all had one of those days) I don’t need a written reminder to sink me lower in the funk.  I also take a little mental trip through the soon-to-be-over year to remember both the highs and lows.  It’s my own way of staying grounded.  Whether the year is coming to a close on a high note or one a bit lower, it’s good to be reminded that things always seem to even out.

I have come to think of January 1st as a fresh start.  A chance to do things differently if need be.  A time to let go of any leftover “stuff” from last year…physical or mental.  As an adult, I have gotten to the point where I like to clean out after Christmas.  The devil’s advocate in my brain is asking me if I’ve looked at my sweater stack lately!  Ten years ago I might have shoved more into the drawer or closet but I’ve discovered the satisfaction of clearing out the unnecessary things I accumulate.  Watching Hoarders doesn’t hurt either.  (I’ve never been close to being a hoarder but this show will scare you into minimalism in a heartbeat!)  Other “stuff” is mental and emotional.  That is harder for me.  I am usually able to get over things quickly but my memory is elephantine.  I don’t forget what was said, actions that were taken, feelings that were felt.  Those things tend to stockpile in my mental closet, sometimes without my knowledge.  Luckily, I have recently acquired the ability to brush away those cobwebs and make room for happy thoughts.  I’ll toast to that!

Overall, it’s a good time of year for reflection, hope and happiness.  Whether you choose to make a list of resolutions, eat Hoppin’ John or party like it’s 1999, here’s to a great 2010!