I am not much of a resolutions person, but I do believe in setting goals and intentions for each year. For at least ten years, I have written goals in my journal on Janurary 1st, and also a letter to myself to read the next year. I think it’s important to identify what we want in life, or who we wish to become. This year, I have been kind of lax. My main desire was to just get through 2011. Now that I am here, I just want to enjoy being where I’m at– location, life stage, etc. But I do have one intention for the year, which comes from my heart– it is to make more art. I am not an artist, and tend to feel really shy/embarrassed about the things I create. But I am trying to be a little more bold, and make and share more art. I have been making little paintings with Amelia for the last couple of weeks, and we have both had a lot of fun. I don’t have any particular loyalty to any medium, and just want to explore a bit. I am planning to sign up for a ceramics class at a local college, and I am super excited about that.
Something that Jeff and I both desire for our family this year is to find a farm that we can pitch in at. It would be wonderful to be able to exchange labor for goods, but even just going a couple Saturdays per month to clean animal stalls or pull up beets would be great. We love spending time with animals, and until we have land that we can keep some on (someday!) we are happy to visit the ones around us. We currently do most of our shopping at farm stores, but we have to do a little more research to find one that has a volunteer/ share program.
So, that’s it. Art and farm animals. I think this will be a really lovely year. What about you? How do you approach the new year? Any intentions, resolutions or goals that you’d like to share?