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Saturday, January 1, 2011

What I Resolve in 2011

Instead of a long laundry list of things that I would like to change about my life I have a different approach to the New Years marker. Since 1997 I have chosen one thing that I wanted to do, that I was curious about, or a skill to master and have focused on that one thing all year. I learn about myself in that year and I enjoy researching, learning and testing out a new skill set. Almost always the thing I choose becomes incorporated into the quilt of my life and I enjoy it still years after.

For instance in 2009 I picked photography and have seen my photos go from flat and boring like this

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to dynamic and interesting like this.

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In 2010 I picked food and focused the year on cooking and have made some truly awesome things like this

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and this.

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This year’s choice was hard. Normally I have several things clamouring in my head and have a very hard time trying to decide between too many options. For some reason this year everything I was coming up with didn’t seem to be quite right. I have been attempting to find something right for a month with no success until today.

I was on the phone with Ms. Ivey, she and I were weeding through a bunch of things I could try and then we nailed on one I love that immediately felt perfect. I am going to concentrate on Volunteering this year, a ‘Pay it Forward’.

I feel so blessed in my life, thankful for what I have, but this past year has also been very difficult. With the economy the way that it is, with the amount of time that I have available (not working without any kids = all the free time in the world) and with all the people out there that need help I think that this is the perfect thing for me to focus on. In my daily life I feel insulated both psychologically and physically from the misery, hunger and deprivation in the world. I read about it, I see it on the news and I hear about it but it is rarely tangible or real for me. Becoming a volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters has allowed me a small keyhole to look into that world... however with broadening my volunteering I believe that this will be my step to see, acknowledge and do something about it.

4 comments:

paul peggy zeus said...

Can't wait to see all the love you spread around LA. YOU ROCK LITTLE GIRL!

Anonymous said...

Kelly, I was just wondering today what your focus would be. I can't wait to hear about what you do.
P.S. I'm anonymous because I'm still not sure how to leave a comment. (Mrs. Painter)

lilmansworld said...

Way to grab life by the horns when you have nothing but time!

lilmansworld said...

I recommend finding a church that does a lot of mission trips because you can travel and help people that way too!

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