I've been thinking about what I want to focus on in 2012. Not resolutions or goals exactly, more themes that I want to think about and to guide me in setting more specific goals. I've done some reflecting about what areas of my life I think need attention and where improvements would make the biggest impact on my overall well-being. So here it goes...
Vitality. In 2012 I will turn 40. And I am starting to realize that, although I am far from old, I'm a fair distance from young as well. I need to take better care of myself. I've experienced some health problems in this past year - mostly pain in my hands, arms and neck - and it it really the first time that I have felt like my body is non co-operating with me. I need to treat it better. And that means doing all the things that I know I should do, but so often don't - get enough sleep, drink water, eat good food, and move. Not anything earth-shattering. I just need to give my physical vitality the attention it deserves.
Peace. I am far too inclined to obsess over my work life and it bleeds into the rest of my life so that it is sometimes hard to enjoy anything. I want to work on keeping control of my work, so that I at least have a grip on what work I should be getting to even if it is impossible to get to it all as I would like to. And I also want to focus on letting go of work when I am not there and being present in the rest of my life.
Connection. I'm not a super social person by any means, but I am thinking more and more that something that is missing in my life is close connections with other outside of my family. I do have very good work friends (and for them I am eternally grateful!) but I miss having friends outside of work. I have met some wonderful people in my neighbourhood since Owen started school last year, and I would like to actively try to build some of those relationships. I also have a number of good friends with whom I have lost touch over the years and I would like to reach out and try to re-connect to them.
So there you have it. My areas of focus for 2012.
I am glad to see you arrive, 2012. Bring it on!