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New Year 2011 – A Year for NO – by Raette Meredith

New Year 2011 - A Year for NO
by Raette Meredith

I am sure this is one out of thousands of posts today that has something to do with New Years’ Resolutions.
I don’t usually make resolutions, not ones that stick anyways. Last year was the first resolution year that was actually successful, and I’ll tell you why.

My resolution for 2010 was to de-clutter my life. At the beginning of 2010 I noticed how bogged down I was with projects that I couldn’t complete and most of it was because I was surrounded with clutter and half-finished and never-started projects.

Room by room I got rid of everything I didn’t care about, use or really need. Among the numerous craigslist postings, EBay listings, and charity donations I think I purged about ¾ of what I own. I fought with myself to get rid of projects I swore ten years ago that I would start, and tug-o-warred with shoes I was keeping for the special occasion that never came. Instead of feeling the anticipated sadness, I felt relieved. As I got rid of these little “nags” hiding in every cupboard, I began to feel more creative and centered.

I also think the reason the 2010 resolution was so successful is because the goal was actually attainable. There was no trying to lose 20 pounds in 20 days, or swearing to eat only vegetables for 6 months. Not to mention, the month by month progress was actually visible. Now that 2010 is over, it is time to focus on setting a completely new goal.
I mean 2011 is TOMORROW! So what is the new years’ resolution going to be for 2011?

My New Year’s resolution 2011 will be to relish in the newfound creativity in a breathable workspace. I will not start any new projects until I have used up all the resources I already have. So I suppose 2011 will be more of what I will not do, compared to what I will do. I will learn to say NO to my impulsive tendencies to begin a new hobby. This is a big step for me, because my natural inclination is to take on the world when I already have enough on my plate. (now here comes the hard part) Last but not least, since the de-cluttering is done, I will take that time and HOG IT TO MYSELF. The time I used to clear out in 2010 will be used to create in 2011.

Whatever your new goals for the New Year, enjoy the time you have with it, knowing that with each step you are closer to your end goal. Take time to celebrate ALL of your little accomplishments because they all add up to the big finish goal in the end.

Happy New Year, GOOD-BYE 2010, HELLO 2011!

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