Monday, December 31, 2012

Looking forward to 2013


In my last post, I wrote about 2012. In this, my last post for the year, I’m looking forward to 2013.
Usually I make some New Year’s resolutions. Last year, I tried setting some goals. But I think I set too many and my attention got scattered.
This year, I am thinking of a theme to carry me through the year and to guide my goals. That theme is “Letting go.”
Letting go is something that I need to practice. Letting go of fear, of anger, of resentment. Letting go of feelings of helplessness and worthlessness.
And in letting go of these things, I am leaving room for courage, compassion, peace. I am leaving room for hope and initiative and a healthy self-esteem.
I have been thinking of “Letting go” for a while, and it seems a good thing for me to concentrate on this year.
I will let it guide me in making decisions about my health (physical, mental, emotional and spiritual), my relationships and my work (which is more than my job).
I’m looking forward to 2013, and I hope you are too. I wish you all a joyful and peaceful New Year and beyond. God’s blessings to you!

What about you? Are you setting any resolutions or goals for the New Year? What do you want 2013 to be like for you?

28 comments:

  1. Here's to 2013 being your best year ever Tina, as we "let go" of 2012 :)

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    1. Thank you, Keith, and may 2013 hold the best yet for you, too!

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  2. Happy new year!

    I, too, am more of a "theme" person rather than a "resolution" person. Last year I did have a few resolutions, and they were helpful, but I don't normally do that.

    Recently I made the decision to unplug from trying to sell my books. All I was doing was reading other authors' commercials via Facebook and blogs. Ugh. I'm sure that my own commercials were equally boring! I'm not sure where that leaves my blogging and book writing, so I guess I'm trying to figure that out.

    I now have extra time on my hands, so my theme is to find ways to use that time in the ways truest to my deepest self. So far, all I know is that I'm spending the next few months educating myself about gardening in this part of the country so I can be prepared for spring. I've also committed to a bit of volunteering for the local community theater. Beyond that, I have no idea! Because I like to be structured and planned, that's a scary place for me to be, but the wisest one.

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    1. Nadine, I love your theme, to be true to your deepest self. The ways that you plan to spend some of your time are wonderful. You will be ready for spring in the garden, and theater sounds fun! I do hope that you won't stop writing and sharing what you feel like sharing. You have many gifts, and I wish you the best adventures ever in 2013!

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  3. Tina I haven't really made any New Years resolutions as I never keep them anyway. I just hope to be able to fight the OCD, and accept the fact that I'm bipolar and the limitations resulting from this.
    A Happy New Year to you and Larry, wishing you lots of love, happiness and many blessings in the year ahead !

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    1. Klaaske, I have trouble keeping New Year's resolutions, too. I think I try to be too ambitious and take on too much. I will be thinking about you in your hopes to keep fighting OCD and accepting being bipolar. And I wish you and your family a healthy, peaceful New Year!

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  4. I am celebrating 10 years on a New Years resolution this year. I'm excited to have kept it for 10 years. You can read about it tomorrow. That said, I'm not really setting any goals this year.

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    1. Lisa, I'll look forward to reading your post tomorrow to find out what you've been so dedicated to. Happy New Year!

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  5. I needed to read this post - it's so full of hope and encouragement for me, so thank you! Letting go and leaving room for other things is just what so many of us need to do. I will be following you on that path.

    As for me, I have not decided what this new year will be all about, or what I'm going to do with it. I wanted a "word" that I'll "live by" this year, but have not found it yet. We shall see!

    Happy New Year to you, Tina!

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    1. Thank you, Amanda. I'm glad this post was helpful. I think the word will come to you. May you have a wonderful and fulfilling 2013!

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  6. Lovely goals...a happy, happy New Year to you, too, Tina!

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    1. Jean, thank you, and all the best to you in 2013!

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  7. I'm glad you are looking forward to 2013,Tina. I never make New Year's resolutions.......too stressful! I do hope it's a happy, healthy, productive year for us all.

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    1. Janet, It can be stressful to make resolutions and then try so hard to keep them. We put a lot of pressure on ourselves that way. I hope you and your family enjoy 2013!

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  8. Tina, we were thinking alike. Here's my latest.http://www.shirleyshowalter.com/2012/12/31/starting-off-2013-with-a-contemplative-bang/

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    1. Shirley, yes, we were thinking alike. I love the verses that you chose to help guide you through 2013. Happy New Year!

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  9. I like your idea of having a theme instead of a list of goals. I have taken a break from setting big, year-long goals until I meet the "goal" of going a year without struggling with depression (at least not with severe depression? I guess this goal is pretty vague). Right now, goals seem like one more way to fail. Then again, here I go making them anyway...

    I guess I'm still working on the going-a-year-with-reasonable-mental-health goal. I also have a goal or two about sorting out my finances (not solving them, just working on them). Another current goal is exercise. But these goals are already in place, not waiting for tomorrow.

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    1. Abigail, I like the way you worded your goal about finances--working on them. That just seems more doable than solving anything--to work on it.

      I wish the best for you in 2013!

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  10. I've got several things I'm working on so will carry those into the new year. Specifically though, I do want to increase my exercise.

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    1. Kristina, I hope you'll share your work on exercising. I need help in that department! :-)

      Happy New Year to you--may you have a wonderful, peaceful year!

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  11. I love the idea of having a theme! And I love your theme of letting go! You're awesome, Tina! Happy New Year!

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    1. Thank you, Elizabeth. You're awesome, too! I hope 2013 is an absolutely wonderful year for you!

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  12. 'Letting go' sounds like a very good plan.

    I think all of us should 'let go' together. Maybe we could have 'let go' month at some point this year and set ourself realistic goals and try and complete the challenge?

    Happy New Year from England!

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    1. Kate, Letting go of things that are holding us back can be difficult, so support from others is always helpful. Maybe I'll do a challenge later this year.

      Happy New Year to you!

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  13. I love the idea of a theme. What a great idea! Letting go - yep, that's an awesome goal for fighting OCD and depression.

    Nope - absolutely no goals or resolutions or anything for me. I never keep them and all they do is make me feel guilty. The idea of a theme - hmmmm - now THAT's worth thinking about. Thanks for the great idea.

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    1. Thanks, Sunny. I hope a theme will help guide me through setting some specific goals as time rolls along.

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  14. Nice to find your blog! I tend to do themes. My theme this year is 365 Inspirations! I am choosing to focus on the inspiring people, places and things I encounter in my life. Happy New Year 2013! http://www.lessonsfromthemonkimarried.blogspot.com

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    1. Katherine, thank you for visiting. I love your theme, and I look forward to reading more about what inspires you.

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