I get overwhelmed.
There's so much to do in the moment. There's so much to catch up on. I have lots of ideas, and lots of half-finished projects. I am just now learning that there is no finish line.
My mantra for 2012 is Start Where You Are.
It's impossible for me to catch up on everything I've wanted to do for the past five years, but I can't let that paralyze me from doing something. There is no rule that says you have to complete the 2008 photo book before the one from 2010. Spiritually, I've hit the pause button for awhile. But now that I'm ready to dip my toe back into that part of my life, it doesn't mean I need to backtrack my every thought. Start with a simple prayer, work from there.
My house is a mess, my inbox is a mess. But I can't declutter the basement or respond to messages from last April today. I just can't. I'm going to start with my kitchen junk drawer and the emails that have come in over the weekend.
I'm forgiving myself all the rest of it, and starting 2012 anew.
I try to live my life in increments, but lately I've let that system fall away a little, much to my own detriment. I know that many people don't like New Years Resolutions, but I love a fresh start.
This Friday, January 6, let's do a brag book link up for our goals and resolutions for 2012. You can link up a post you've written on your own blog (you have until Friday to post it, if you haven't yet) and if you're not a blogger then you'll list something in the comments section then. In a few months, we'll check in on everyone's goals! I think that once you say something out loud (or on the internet, which is the same thing), it keeps you accountable.
I'll list some of mine on Friday's post and I can't wait to read some of yours.
Happy New Year!
(Looking for the usual Mommy Monday post? I'll resume my usual posting schedule next week.)
photo by D Sharon Pruitt