January first. A day of new beginnings. A day when citizens around the world reminisce on the previous year, and then look towards a new start and the lofty goal of self-improvement. Many choose to make new year’s resolutions, running the gambit from the ever popular lose weight and exercise more; to the increasing popular simplify my life and declutter my home.
Last year, I proposed a 52 Weeks, 52 Letters Challenge, which for me fizzled down into a 52 Weeks, 20-some Letters endeavor. To some, this may seem like a failure, but the challenge got me writing more letters than my usual two to three per year, which in and of itself was an accomplishment.
I am not an all-or-nothing kind of gal, as I see the value in the gradations of life.
I have worked very hard over the past few years to get my rather large house decluttered, and I am proud of this accomplishment. However, the house is not perfect. There’s still a constant rotation of untidy piles of papers in the dining room, as well as a basement full of miscellaneous Stuff that we actually do need to hold onto. But entertaining and hosting out of town guests is now super-easy, as tidying up is a breeze and my family’s possessions have actual homes. (When I was growing up my family made fun of people who said “A place for everything and everything in its place,” which made me think that this was not an admirable trait.)
My house is not perfect, but that’s okay. The messiness no longer gets in the way of welcoming friends and family into our home, even at a moment’s notice.
I’m not making a new year’s resolution for 2012, as I feel that self-improvement is a life-long process, without a January 1st start date that peters out by the 28th. Maybe others are able to keep their momentum going a full 365 days, but my resolutions never stuck and were a guaranteed recipe for losing interest.
I am going to put aside all my found change in 2012, and then add it all up on December 31st. This, I consider to be a fun project for Coin Girl, and has the potential to hold my interest. I have no idea how I’ll spend the money at the end of the year, and look forward to mulling over the possibilities. (Charity? A beach getaway? Savings?)
How about you? Are you taking on any lofty resolutions for 2012? Did you have one last year, and if so did it stick? Want to join me in keeping track of your found change for the year? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below!
And by the way . . . Happy New Year!!!!!!!!
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without”
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