Happy new year: my hopes for 2013

9pm fireworks 31 Dec 2012 Sydney 1

Happy 2013!

I am looking forward to this year so much. When we got home from Europe at the end of August, I anticipated a whole new life here at home, one that incorporated all of the changes and decisions and plans we’d made when we were on our long trip. Things went well for the first three weeks, when – BAM! – Quinland broke her leg. Life since then has been somewhat chaotic, and I could never seem to get that clean start that I so wanted.

But now it’s a new calendar year, the perfect time to start again. Q has her cast off and is back on her feet, so we are good to go.  Here’s how I see our lives in 2013:

As a family:

  • We eat regular healthy meals at home and take walks together.
  • We continue to let go of things we are not using and keep our house neat and tidy by cleaning up after ourselves.
  • We open our home to visitors regularly and make time for the people we care about.
  • We volunteer together – I think we will start by helping at Potluck in the Park, downtown.
  • We take advantage of all the cool classes and workshops our church offers.


  • I get rid of this darn cold so I can breathe again.
  • I follow the rules: take my medicine, get good sleep, eat good food, drink water, get exercise, do a little every day, and don’t take on too much.
  • I blog regularly (and I finish the travel blog!).
  • I make time to scrapbook and knit, so that I steadily complete all my unfinished projects.
  • I make time for some regular Bikram yoga classes.
  • I continue my quest to be on time or early as often as I can.
  • I spend my work time as productively as possible and don’t get bogged down with things that are a waste of time.

All this would seem intimidating if these were resolutions… which they are not. They are just a glimpse of a life that I can see myself living – not in a fantasy world, but in a world where we make small changes and keep doing them consistently until they stick. Not because we have to, but because our lives will be easier and more fun if we do.

FlyLady always says, “You’re never behind; just jump in where you are.” I’m going to jump in and see how good 2013 can be.

What are your plans or goals or dreams for the new year? I’d love to hear all about them!

 – Lori

Thanks to Cole Vassiliou for the photo.

2 thoughts on “Happy new year: my hopes for 2013

  1. Love it! Go medicines on time, good meals and Bikram Yoga 🙂

    My goals echo your blog: lighten up. Less stuff (continue to pare down). Less worrying (let God take care of it). Less weight (exercise every day, even if only for 20 minutes). Then, on the “more” side: More pages written every day. More positive visions for the near future and beyond. More healthy habits. More openness to new people and opportunities!


    1. Oooh, I like yours, too. Less is more, and sometimes more is more. 🙂

      I’m glad you are going to be open to new people and opportunities. I think it will be a very good experience for you this year and I’m glad you are putting yourself out there so even more people can share in your awesomeness.


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