What I Will do This Year

Let’s just ignore the fact that it’s been more than two weeks since my last post, shall we? Home renovations are progressing (at long last), and they’ve preoccupied me. Also, I’ve been preparing to head back to school for another semester, which just started today. At the moment I’m signed up for geography and an English course on drama. In case you were wondering how last semester went, I took three classes and got two A’s and one A-, which I am very happy with. But enough with the housekeeping.

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Today is my 38th birthday. For the past few years my birthdays have triggered something of an existential crisis. It’s very easy to fall into the trap of thinking that surely I should be wiser, more grounded and more accomplished at this point in my life. To help myself overcome this intense birthday navel-gazing, I like to set some personal intentions. It’s a way to give myself that direction I’m craving. It’s also a way to honour the fact that I have a whole new year stretched out before me, and I can use it however I see fit. Instead of lamenting what I haven’t done in the past year (or the past 38 years), I’m going to think about what I want to do.

For the past few years I’ve made birthday resolutions. I’ve had about a 50/50 success rate. I think that’s to be expected, especially given that things change over the course of a year. Still, even at a 50/50 success rate, I’m bringing a whole lot of things into my life that I didn’t have the year before. I believe it’s still a worthwhile exercise regardless of how it turns out, because it gives me a chance to focus on reflect, and think about what I want more of in my life. So without further ado, here’s my list for this year.

What I Will do at 38

  • Finish up the renovations that have taken almost a year, and then resist the urge to make even more home improvements.
  • Go running.
  • Spend more time with my hands in the dirt.
  • Buy a bicycle.
  • Volunteer in a middle school.
  • Sing.
  • Learn how to use my camera.
  • Write.
  • Finish my prerequisites so that I can apply for teacher training.
  • Nap more often.
  • Laugh more.
  • Apply for teacher training.
  • Try kayaking.
  • Practice forgiveness of myself and others.
  • Drink even more herbal tea.
  • Eat more leafy greens.
  • Take some mini vacations with my family.
  • Not beat myself up if I don’t do everything on this list.

What do you want to do with your next year on earth? I love it if you’d play along in honour of my birthday!

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  1. Not beating myself up. PERIOD!
    Get outside as much as possible,
    Spend more time WITH Theo and less time taking photos of him (well just a little less).
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  2. Oh did I mention get more organized for next year’s taxes?
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  3. Great idea Amber, I will keep this idea in mind for my upcoming birthday.

  4. Happy BDay!
    I’ve been thinking of buying a bycicle lately, I fear I might pull the trigger this summer. Where the heck am I going to put it? My place is tiny he he

    I guess this comes from the resolution (any) of me wanting to start being more active. Sigh.

  5. Carrin says:

    Happy Birthday Amber! I think you are doing pretty good from my angle for 38, but thats just me 🙂
    I can definitely relate to the pressure we put on ourselves to reach each and every goal…I am so guilty of this. One of my many goals has been to actually figure out what career path I want to take as opposed to what I have to take (to live a comfortable life). I still haven’t figured it out after taking a hiatus for the last 3 years to stay home with my kids ( which is where my heart really is). I am hopeful that one day it will come to me but in the mean time I remind myself that I am raising 4 little human beings and I should really cut myself some slack ;).
    I am also wanting to figure out my camera (that I splurged on and is now collecting dust) so if you come across anything online, I’d love to know!
    Congrats on all those A’s! That is no small feat!!

  6. Happy belated birthday, Amber! I always admire the goals you set for yourself, and really your overall approach to life. May you go through the year with grace and happiness and lots of newfound joy with the goals you’ve set for yourself!
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