Crafting 2013

I have been thinking a lot about how I want to live out my life. I probably has something to do with the fact that everywhere I turn there are articles on "end of the year lists" or "resolutions for the new year." ;) I find that I often become more introspective toward the end of the year, especially the week between Christmas and New Years, even without all the internet reminding me that the old year is ending. And why not, now is as just a good time as any to re-evaluate where you are at, how your year went, and how you want the next year to go. Sure, there are plenty of things that happen that are out of our control, but that does not mean that we should not create a direction and plans for how we want our life to go. "Nothing ventured, nothing gained", right? In addition to my own thoughts about how I want to try to live this next year, I have read some interesting things that have been influential in helping me decide what kind of year I want to craft for 2013. Two e-books that I read and enjoyed were regarding time management. And let's face it, what good are plans and good intentions if we don't use our time wisely and create time for those plans? Both of the e-books were a short, easy read but were helpful to clarify some of my own thoughts and to provide some additional direction. The books are "What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast" by Laura Vanderkam and "Tell Your Time" by Amy Lynn Andrews. Then this morning I read an article by Marelisa from called, "Launch a 365-Day Project in 2013". This intrigued me. I have some things that I want to accomplish this coming year, but do I have the courage to lay it all out there and commit to achieving those things every day? One thing's for sure, if I would take my daily goals for 2013 and turning them into a 365-Day Project, there would be no doubt that by the end of 2013, those goals would be habits. And considering the goals that I have for myself, I would love to create them as habits.

I am going to spend the rest of today nailing down my goals for 2013. And since accountability is helpful for sticking to one's goals, I'm going to write them down here and check in with how I am doing sticking with my goals throughout the coming year. Check back tomorrow for my goals for 2013!