New Year, New Philosophy

A new year. Time for resolutions. This year I don’t think I’m going to make any specific resolutions. Instead, I’m going to focus on a philosophy – live in flip-flops. It comes from last year’s calendar, which  advocated making a choice “to live more playfully.”

(Photo by Cynthia Price)

I’ve made considerable progress the past year in some key areas. I’m owning e-mail better, although I still have a way to go. Toward year’s end, however, I had a huge epiphany and realized that I needed to stop using my inbox as a reminder box. That’s made a big difference.

I’ll continue to be selfish, making time for improving my fitness and finding quiet moments. It is okay to do nothing (or so I am told). My present to myself was to purchase 20 more personal training sessions. That will last a few months. In that time, my trainer will push me past my comfort level while making me laugh – all in the name of fitness. It’s a good way to spend an hour.

Last year was busy for me with work, my NFPW presidency, travel and volunteerism. I loved it all, but I realized toward the end of the year I was tired. A week away with no scheduled activities did the trick.

This year – 2012 – will be a great year to live in flip-flops. I’ll follow the sage advice of Henry David Thoreau, “Always maintain a kind of summer, even in the middle of winter.” I’ll remember to look up each day and see the sun. That means I can’t be in the office before sunrise or stay past sunset. I’ll wear my flip-flops even when I’m not at the beach reminding myself to slow down and not take life so seriously. Mostly, I’ll remember to pause and enjoy the moments of each day.

How will you live 2012?