Every year, we spend New Year's Eve with some of our best friends, couples we have known since years before wedding days and kiddos came along. In the past, we would have gone out, stayed up well past midnight (and sleep well past noon on January 1). Now, we all park ourselves at someone's home, cook, and hang out on the couches, with kids running around in the basement and watching movies, with all of us barely keeping our eyes open to watch the TV and see the ball drop in Times Square.
One thing that hasn't changed over the years? Our conversations. We all talk about the past 12 months, what we have accomplished, as well as what didn't quite work out like we had planned. It's a roundtable of reflections, so to speak.
Do we also list out some goals, some ideas of what we want to do in the coming year? Yes. What's on the list? Ideas like "Lose 10 pounds." or "Get a new job." are sometimes mentioned. More often, the resolutions are reminders to do better things for our family and ourselves.
What will I be chatting about as 2013 ends and we flip the calendar to 2014? I'm pretty proud of my kiddo and my husband. I'm happy about some ways I've changed...but not all of them. I'll probably add onto my 2013 resolutions list some ways to take a little more time to relax, ideas so I am more focused on being rather than doing, how I can devote minutes and hours to experiences rather than stuff. And a mention of being a little healthier eating-wise. Oh, and reading more. Okay, the list is pretty long.
What are you reflecting on today? How was your 2013? What's your goal for 2014?