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New Year, Another Calendar, Different Goals

I have never been able to fit within the box. Never. But, in the last few years, I have started to embrace that. A few years ago, I spent much of 2009 grieving people and commitments that I had planned to be a part of my life forever. During this time, I found healing for current and past wounds; the highlight of the year was running my first (and 2nd) 5K. Towards the end of 2009, I decided to change my approach toward New Year goals, resolutions, and expectations. I did this by using my February birthday as a starting timer for my yearly goals each year.

How It Works:
2010 – Celebration: ‘Think Pink’, followed by themed set of goals to Create and Maintain.
We celebrated our Pink Thoughts with a two-part event with the first part being family night at the bowling alley and Saturday evening spent at a plush night spot in beautiful downtown Detroit.
I focused, and encouraged others to focus, on the ‘pink’ parts of life. Flirty, bright, passionate, feminine, lively, sexy, fun…
2011 – Yearlong Celebration: ‘Leslie’s New Year’.
I celebrated My New Year’s Eve at a steakhouse with a small group of family and friends. On my New Year’s Day, in February, I went to my cousin, aka The Hair Diva, and got the works. Later that night, I went on a date at a medium-high glitz velocity including Cuban cuisine and dancing at a Martini Bar just caliente enough to heat up the snowstorm. The start of my New Year marked the beginning of my year-long trek to rebuilding my foundation in my life as it is…not grounded in past or future circumstances…but where I am right now. And this place I am in right now is fresh, happening, current.
2012 – Les Go…
Why It Works:
1. It’s a New Year.
December is generally way too busy and noisy to go inward and do the sort of evaluation necessary to create and maintain a goal. Having the support of a new year and fresh perspective can help you stay focused.
2. Another Calendar.
I have an unhealthy relationship with calendars and planners. I love plotting out new adventures and projects on a timeline when I can still smell the new leather cover. With new goals, however, giving myself this extra month allows me to play around a bit with my schedule and reevaluate how well my schedule can accomodate my new resolutions.
3. We Have Different Goals.
I have had more birthday disappointments than celebrations, so I figured why not take matters into my own hands and make a deliberate attempt to enjoy my birthday each year? The message here is not a formulaic suggestion for everyone to go and change their resolutions to coincide with their birthday; but, rather, to not get so caught up in tradition or ‘the norm’ that you don’t allow flexibility to find something that works for you. Trying to come up with a couple goals on the fly or recycling last year’s goals can sabotage your efforts.
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Leslie discovered the power of the pen in the third grade after her family moved to a new school district. Writing became a way to sort out her new surroundings and escape to fantasy landscapes. That child, and voice, has matured into a poet, writer, blogger, journalist, online content creator and editor. Leslie is a social entrepreneur with a demonstrated commitment to community. She is an active community member in Washtenaw County (Michigan) with expertise in social media marketing and content management systems, volunteer coordination and writing and 19 years of experience in the areas of online community management, training, leadership development, and social networking. She is interested in facilitating connection with both community residents and businesses. Through this work, the economy of the community is improved and the organizations are financially successful. Her main mode of advocacy and online community, however, is through writing.

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