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


to dynamic and interesting like this.


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


and this.


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.


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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