Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Greetings From 2012

Happy New Year Everyone! I'm a few days late, but it's pretty close. I'm hopping on a bandwagon like a bunny walking over hot coals and I'm going to tell you all about it. Wheeeee! I'm reading a super awesome book called The Nerdist Way: How to Reach the Next Level (In Real Life) by Chris Hardwick. It's a self-help book for nerds plus the author is a stand up comic so it's freaking hilarious! I happened to be reading a chapter on 12/30 about selecting a word or theme for each new year. It is intended to be your go-to word when you get stuck making a decision or need motivation etc. Being the person I am, I decided I needed to think of a word during the next 24 hours so I would be ready to go for 2012. Planning ahead is really important to me and I really overdo it. (I'm the mom that packs about 3 days worth of snacks for a morning trip to the zoo because you never know if you will spill something or get caught in a zombie apocalypse.) I'm sure the world would not have ended if I had taken a week to decide. I even googled the topic and found that this has been a thing for a while and no one told me! Apparently people are picking words all over the place to define the upcoming year so I'm late to the party but it still seemed like a neato idea.

The word I chose is IMPROVE.

 I figure that this is broad enough to apply to most parts of my life, but subtle enough to not imply that I'm seeking perfection. More like practice. If I can improve a little bit at a time then by the end of 2012 I should be a better person for making the effort. I hope to apply this to lots of areas, but here are a few: patience, diet, exercise, punctuality, housekeeping, work habits, sleep schedule. Not to say any one of these is horrible at the moment, but all could stand some improvement. I hope to be able to fall back and remember my commitment to improve whenever I start to get lazy or fall back into bad habits.

Have any of you ever picked a word or theme for a year? And if so, how did it work out?