January 1, 2011

Happy 2011! How Will You Measure This Year?


New Year 2011 - Greetings
photo credit: valcanno

Today begins a new year. Last year on 1/1/10 I started this blog. My first post was my welcome to all who would come. A new year brings about a time to reflect on the past year, which we just did when we identified all the hats we wear, the roses and thorns, and of course looking at how to put those into actionable ways to improve 2011.

I thank all of you for your support, sharing and encouragement. 2010 brought a lot of changes, most positive. I’ve laughed with friends, new and old. I’ve cried with total strangers who would become friends. I’ve struggled and I’ve soared. 2010 was challenging. But I kept going. We all did. No matter what.

I started 2010 reading a series of Og Mandino‘s book. Always enjoy reading his books. If you’ve never read any of his books, I highly recommend The Greatest Salesman in the World. It’s a book you really need to buy. It’s a thin book and will take you almost the entire year to read it, but it’s totally worth it.

What do I want for me from 2011?

Confidence – I want to be confident in who I am, what I write, what I say, what I do. I want it to be how I roll!

Gratefulness – I want to believe that the good and positive things that I have are mine because I deserve them.

Calm – The past few years have been rough emotionally. This year, I’m ready for calm to kick in and anxiety to be a thing of the past.

And while I want these things, being the big Rent fan, Seasons Of Love plays daily in my life. 2011 will have those five hundred, twenty-five thousand, six hundred minutes. For me. For you.

How will I measure this year? Not in material things. This year will be measured in experiences with my family and friends. It will be measured in laughter and joy. Hugs and high-fives, real and virtual. This year will be different than years past, because I choose it to be!

Now, how will YOU measure this year?



Michele January 1, 2011 at 8:07 am

Loved your article.

erin margolin January 1, 2011 at 1:11 pm

I need some of that confidence you describe, too….I try to talk the talk in hopes that it will just kind of sink in? But I really need a push. A shove. A kick in the arse.

Blissdom’s gonna rock my world for sure.

Li January 2, 2011 at 2:17 pm

Beautiful Post. Confidence, Grafeulness and Calm are certainly things I need 2011 to be surrounded in.

Its our tradition to eat 12 grapes at midnight (usually when its midnight in Puerto Rico, which is 11pm in NYC) and make twelve wishes for each month of the year.

This year, we were at a night club, so there were no grapes. Instead I’ve written out my list of wishes, that I will incorporate into my vision board tonight. Most of which is surrounded in happiness, health, & love, which all equal success in my book.

I always add my wishes for others onto that list… so here’s to you Sara, wishing you happiness, health, love and prosperity.


Becky January 2, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Beautiful post. (By the way: Also a HUGE fan of Rent). This year will be measured in all the moments I spend appreciating the present – and loving the journey – instead of worrying about the future or past. As it happens, I am facing my all-time greatest dream and a couple of my all-time greatest fears simultaneously. Which means, of course, that I could easily get caught up fixating on everything *except* the present. My goals: to refuse to let any of these things, by themselves, define me; to approach all of it – the good and the bad – with an open mind instead of trying to micromanage the outcomes; to surround myself with positive energy and the belief that it will all work out in exactly the way it should. (And to accept that I don’t necessarily need to know exactly what that looks like yet!)

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