New Beginnings

Contemplating the new year on our big hike

I have always enjoyed the beginning of a new year. It is a fresh start. A chance to start anew. Anything can happen. 

I like to start the year off communing with nature. Every New Year's day I go on a big hike. I get up early and spend the whole day traipsing through the woods. I return home tired but cleansed. There is something refreshing about pushing your body to the limit in a tranquil setting. I spend the day contemplating the events of the past year and all that I hope to experience and accomplish in the coming year. 

I have never been one to make New Year's resolutions. For one thing, there is an air of futility that surrounds them. You hear joke after joke about empty gyms and full bars by February. But I do find myself thinking of the coming year and envisioning what the future might hold. 

Jason Zook wrote an article about framing your year around a word. As you make decisions throughout the year, you use your word as a filter. There were many words that sparked my fancy - saving, health, adventure. It was hard to pick just one. That is when I decided "focus" was my word. 

I tend to get caught up trying to do so many different things. This isn't bad except that it makes me scattered and causes me to lose focus and accomplish little. So this year I will focus. Whatever I am working on will have my complete attention.

If I decided to do a challenge, I will see it through to the end. I will not allow some new shiny thing to draw my focus away. I will focus on landing my first freelance copyediting gig. When I am doing yoga, I will focus on being present. I will focus on the people and projects in front of me instead of allowing my attention to be drawn to other things. 

Regardless of what your vision of the upcoming year looks like, I hope it is filled with happiness! 

"So, I close my eyes to old ends and open my heart to new beginnings."  â€“Nick Frederickson