It’s a new year, and normally this is the time I am setting goals and choosing a “guiding” word. Last year I eagerly tore open my new journal, filling its pages with lofty goals – lots and lots of them. I even met some. Others, I ignored completely, or just plain forgot.
Not this year.
At the end of 2021, I reached a milestone – a stopping point to a larger goal – and when I got there, I thought, huh… Don’t get me wrong. I’m psyched, but… huh… And while I’m not sure what to make of my reaction – not yet anyway – I am thinking this year will be less about goals and destinations and more about the adventure – enjoying the ride – all the ups and downs and bumps along the way.
Instead of goals or guiding words, I’ve adopted a motto. I found it while researching French phrases for one of my more annoying characters (he’s not actually French – he just likes to think he is… aka annoying 😂):
which translates to – Eat well, laugh often, love abundantly.
Needless to say, this phrase will not be uttered by my bothersome character. But that won’t stop me from stealing it for myself.
I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned (many, many times ☺️) how much I love winter – winter hiking and exploring the forest. So, the other day, resolute in my not-a-new-years-resolution to step away from my computer more often, I bundled up and headed out with Greg and Chessie to explore an old rock quarry in Dorset, Vermont. It was a relatively short hike in the snow. Not another soul in sight. Peaceful…
I even dusted off my big girl camera, although my settings were off – way off – which I didn’t discover until I got home. Yeah, I’m rusty. Grrr…
The quarry was fascinating, though – especially the graffiti which was (for the most part) surprisingly uplifting. The only f-bomb I found was followed by Covid-19, and I was so busy nodding and thinking, yup, that I forgot to feel offended (not that I actually would… but you know what I mean). 😆
Yup – it’s a good day to have a good day. And I hope you are all doing well! Updates on my mystery manuscript and all those things that make me go huh will be included in my next newsletter.
I’m curious, though. Do you set goals for yourself each year?
Until next time…