12 in 2012

The secret is here in the present. If you pay attention to the present, you can improve upon it. And, if you improve on the present, what comes later will also be better. Forget about the future, and live each day according to the teachings, confident that God loves his children. Each day, in itself, brings with it an eternity.

-The Alchemist

Yay! I have finally made it around to writing my first blog post of 2012. Good thing punctuality isn’t on my list of my New Year’s resolutions.

Oh, wait. That’s right. I don’t have any resolutions.

I have resolved not to resolve.

Instead of making a list of things I can’t do or things I ultimately won’t do, I’ve decided to try something a little different this year, something I am calling 12 in 2012.

You may recall my 2011 birthday list.

The idea was simple: 36 things I wanted to complete in my 36th year. There were big, broad items like (1) Be the best mommy I can be. And small, specific ones like (10) Learn to play poker. There were some serious, adult ones like (11) Re-evaluate my long-term finances. And childish, playful ones like (31) hang-gliding. Of course, there were the perfunctory ones like (24) Lose weight or (25) Eat healthier. I threw in random ones: (33) Watch a meteor shower and (21) learn to make a good mixed drink

My 36th birthday came and went in November 2011, and as I look back on my list, I realize I accomplished probably two-thirds of it. Some are a work in progress like (3) Take a good picture; some were started and not finished-- (8) reading a book a month; while others never even came close to happening—(5) a 5K. What was I thinking??

Overall, the list helped me to live more intentionally and pull myself out of my post-pregnancy slump, which was my primary goal for making it.

Now, in 2012 I am going to open my arms wide and see what the world has in store for me. Instead of listing a specific number of items or set number of things, I am selecting 12 words that represent my core values.

Each month I will focus on one core value. During the month, I will seek out opportunities that allow me to explore that value in as many ways as possible.

To keep myself accountable and to document my journey, I will blog about my experiences and what I learn along the way.

On the first day of every month, I plan to announce that month's core value. Throughout the month, I hope to share small ways I have been living my value. Then, at the end of the month, I plan to reflect on the month's adventure.

Interested in joining? All you need to do to get started is to pick your 12 values (or whatever number you like) and start living what you love.

You can also grab my new 12 in 2012 button. I’ll try to remember to add a linky to my beginning and end of month posts for anyone who wants to link up and share.

MaMe Musings

Tomorrow I will post about my value for January. Here’s a hint: it might involve a list (because you know how I love lists).
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