New Year, Same Me

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Happy New Year! I've never known exactly how far into the new year that this was an appropriate greeting. Given that I'm writing this on January 2nd, I'm assuming that I'm covered.

While I'm not big on resolutions, I've always been a fan of the New Year's Eve ritual. Every year the BadAssMama becomes a cleaning machine on December 31st. I clean the house from top to bottom, paying special attention to drawers and closets. (The amount of junk you can accumulate in drawers and closets! You start by just stashing a few things away before you have company, or after you get sick of looking at it, and before you know it you have 12 months worth of crap built up in every nook and cranny of your house!) I wash and fold all the laundry, doing a final round after the kids go to sleep (including my and The Hubs' clothes from the day) so that I can wake up on a single day of the year without any dirty laundry in the house. Finally, I purge our financial records in prep for tax season and set up new spreadsheets and files for the coming year.

After a full day of scrubbing and washing, purging and prepping, I wake up on New Year's Day with absolutely NOTHING to do. My one day of the year with nothing to plan, nothing to prep, nothing to clean, nothing to fold, nothing to arrange. One day of heaven BadAssMama style.

While I love the fresh start and clean house that come with a new year, I also love the opportunity to reflect on the ups and downs of the past 365 days and to set my intentions for the coming year. And for the first time in a long time, I'm not looking to make any major life changes. My family is healthy (knock wood) and happy. My home is cheerful, clean and relatively peaceful. I'm married to a wonderful man. A focus on my health and fitness have become a lifestyle, rather than a resolution. Life is really good.

Then I take a closer look at myself. While there are always the 5 (or 10, or 15...) vanity pounds to lose, and the sands of time continue to march across my face, I have to say that I'm pretty happy with the woman I see looking back at me in the mirror. I like who I am. I like my priorities. My only wish for the coming year is to be more PRESENT. In the moment. Appreciating all the richness of my life right now, rather than planning for all the things yet to come. This is all I want. One word. To be PRESENT, even through the hard stuff.

What's your one word for the year?

Happy New Year!

The BadAssMama
Unknown said...

Mine is CHOICE

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