AUTHOR: Carolyn Savage | POSTED: January 1, 2013 | COMMENTS: 10 Comments
Ringing in a New Year always is a labor of love for me. After the busy-ness for the Christmas holiday is over, and I can finally relax, it seems that the pressure to figure out a way to celebrate the birth of a New Year always looms over my head as if I was a social director without a plan. (I guess I am kind of the social director, and when it comes to New Year’s Eve, I usually don’t have a plan until after December 25th.)
I mean…how could any mother plan a dazzling New Year’s in the midst of pulling off a Christmas miracle.
In the past, we’ve always celebrated New Year’s with family friends. We’d bring our kids, eat appetizers, break open a piñata, and watch the ball drop in someone else’s living room. This year was different, because the normal players of our annual shindig were not around.
That left Sean and I scrambling a bit. And the pressure…the pressure to do something meaningful and fun.
Then it hit me.
How about we celebrate with one other couple at an early dinner out, and then a night in front of the fire…all alone. After all, our boys had other plans, the little girls were in bed. When do we ever get to sit in our own living room, watch a movie, alone?
So, plans were hatched that allowed Sean and I to be discussing our goals for 2013, by 10:00 pm…all alone.
That’s when we decided resolutions were truly better titled “goals”. What is it that we want to accomplish in 2013? Where’s our focus going to lie? What kind of person do I want to be in 2013?
Lofty philosophizing followed and this is what I came up with…
To be a better person than I was in 2012; To learn from everyone I encounter (even those that don’t want to encounter me); To treat others with kindness remembering that everyone is fighting some kind of battle; To love deeply, laugh often, and walk with gratitude; And…most importantly…to soak up every precious moment of life.
Then our conversation turned more practical, and these goals are what I came up with…
To keep my car cleaner; to eat more green leafy vegetables; to get my eyes checked and start wearing some much needed glasses; to learn Pilates; to schedule more outings with my girlfriends; and, most importantly, to purge some stuff from this house before it explodes.
The first “lofty list” is more of a philosophy of life. The second “practical list” is more of an attempt to get my sh*t together. I’m going to try and balance both.
Wish me luck.
Happy New Year!
Play It Forward – Toledo
My first “practical list” activity is actually occurring this upcoming Saturday at an awesome event called Play It Forward Toledo. As many of you already know, January is a huge organizing, purging month (hence all of the organizational tubs in the center aisles of your favorite big box store). So many of us were fortunate to welcome new toys into our homes compliments of Santa. What Santa didn’t leave, however, was an addition to store all these plastic havens of fun. So…some have to go.
That’s where Play It Forward Toledo comes in.
This event is a used toy collection this upcoming Saturday, January 5th at The Town Center of Levis Commons. Between 12:00 and 5:00 pm, you can drop off your gently used but no longer loved toys in front of Rave Motion Pictures. The toys will be cleaned and sanitized and then distributed to local Toledo kids who weren’t as blessed this past holiday season.
What a great event.
For those of you not local to Toledo, please consider donating your old toys at this time. It’s unbelievable how appreciated these little gems are in the lives of..well…some very special little gems!
For more information about Play It Forward click on the link here.