Monday, January 4, 2010

Thoughts on 2010

I'm not sure where I first heard about one word resolutions, but it's an idea I really like. There have been quite a few inspiring blog posts about it: Jane at Maiden Jane selected agape, Rachel at Not-So-Plain Jane chose focus, and Kelly Rae Roberts' is nurture. My word for 2010 is awareness. It's really more of a spiritual practice than a resolution. I want to carry the word with me like a touchstone to remind myself to be mindful of what is true for me and conscious of how I live that truth in my daily life.

I'd like to spend more time outdoors in 2010, taking long walks and birdwatching. I didn't do much of that last year and have missed it. Being outdoors is so calming, plus I feel good at the end of the day if I've spent time outside moving my body and taking in the beauty of nature.

Another goal is to do more journaling and blogging. I'm thinking about starting a second blog and even came up with a name and theme, but I'm hesitating to go forward because one blog takes up so much time, I'm not sure I'm ready to commit to two of them.

I would also like to learn new knitting skills this year, like knitting in the round on DPNs, making socks, and advanced lace patterns. While I love small projects like wash cloths and scarves, it's time to move on to new challenges. (I said that last year, too, so we will see.)

It's been interesting reflecting on what's important to me at this time in my life and clarifying my intentions for 2010. In past years I set great big goals that I was absolutely positively determined to achieve and never did. It feels good to have kinder, gentler aspirations this year because with it comes a greater sense of self-acceptance and an openness to letting the year unfold as it is meant to.

14 comments:

Theresa said...

Well, that is a good one! I need to get outside more too! My one word for this year is "organize"! I have way too much stuff and need organization real bad. I really want to get my craft goods all in one area. Perhaps a large work table with drawers etc. So, anyway... that is my one word for 2010. Have a blessed day dear friend.

PunkiePie said...

I like that. Awareness. I need to think of what my one word resolution could be. So many to chose from!

Erin Wallace said...

Awareness is a great one. I wrote about it too on my blog, my word is Faith. Have a wonderful 2010 and much awareness!

Suz said...

Very thoughtful writing...don't fear another blog...time will be there for the asking
awareness....yep,I'm practicing with you
Outdoors...soul food
Love your photos

Jane said...

That was beautifully articulated. I agree with you that getting out in nature is calming. This stretch is difficult for us in Ohio but it's easier to get out in the snow than rain.

Rachel said...

'Awareness' is a wonderful word. We all could use a bit more of that. I think, though, that you're already very aware. You're very observant of what's happening around you.

Good luck with your kinder, gentler 2010 goals. I think you have the right idea - let's be nicer to ourselves and choose things we can actually achieve!

Jill said...

I love your idea of one word for a resolution - or focus. You have chosen one that I can really relate to. I also had 2 blogs, which led me to quit both for a while. Perhaps a website in which you could incorporate both ideas would work for you?

Thimbleanna said...

Beautiful thoughts Stacy! I'd like to spend more time outside too -- like you, I always feel better when I've been out in the fresh air. And I told Rachel -- my word is chocolate. ;-)

renee ~ heirloom seasons said...

Hello Stacy! Beautiful images and thoughts here. I enjoy your photographs so much. I hope that this new year brings all that you hope for!

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Well, your intentions for 2010 are certainly admirable. I think it's interesting you'd like to start a new blog. Good luck with everything you do! I have faith in you. Best wishes for a happy, healthy new year! Twyla

Linda said...

Hi Stacy,
I love your word for 2010, I think "awarenwss" is amazing. Your aspirations for this year are lovely:) I should also spend more time outside, be connected to nature, thank you for this thought...
Warmly
Linda

Dogwood said...

Wonderful peaceful blog. My eyes just floated over the words. I like the one word resolution. I will think on that...

Nice photos of the out-of-doors.

The sun is out and we are off for another hike in Grass Valley.

Maureen said...

One word resolutions....great idea! In thinking about it, I'm finding it hard to settle on just one. Perhaps gratitude or faith or serenity.

Watch out if you give sock knitting a go....it can be quite addicting ;-)

Woollywotnots said...

Such a lovely post and so interesting. I've linked this post in my own blog because I really like the concept of the one-word resolution. Your choice is brilliant.

I too want to spend more time outdoors. It is good for our health. I think you feel so much better and refreshed when you spend time outdoors. Here's to an enjoyable 2010...