Beth and I had a really great New Year’s celebration this year.
We had sparklers, some fireworks, and made a fantastic homemade lasagna dinner. We watched the fireworks at midnight from the parking structure near our house. We had a perfect view, but DAMN it was cold.
One important part of our celebration was writing down the things that stood out for us each month last year, and then compiling a list of all the good things that happened and all the bad things that happened.
Let me tell you, it was TOUGH to write down all the bad things that happened. It brings up things you don’t realize you pushed down. For example, last year, my grandfather passed away. That was pretty tough. Even closer to home, my most favorite thing ever, my cat, was diagnosed with Feline Leukemia. It was HARD. It’s hard to write about it right now.
But that’s the way it goes, I guess.
Don’t get me wrong though, there were some awesome bits in 2011.
I finally started my own business (which is still in the starting phase–but I made the switch in thinking, which is what’s important). I went on two trips with my wife. I got to see my family in March (though for sad circumstances).
Anyway, where I was going with that was–on New Year’s Eve, Beth and I started a fire, and tossed our list of all the bad things in. We sat in silence and watched it burn, turn to ash, and disintegrate. We made our goals for 2012 and have resolved to check in once a month, during our made-up holiday, Meristem, and evaluate the goals for the past month, how we met them, and our goals going forward.
So here’s to your SHIT list in 2012 being infinitely smaller than your AWESOME list.