This year I am not making any New Year's resolutions. No list-making of all the things I should have done this past year but didn't or the even longer list of what I should stop doing. Instead, I am going to focus on all the fabulous things I have done, want to keep doing, love to do and want to do more of in 2012. This is not my brilliant idea -- although I do wish I had come to this stroke of genius on my own. Credit must be given to the lighthearted learning I acquired while reading, "My Nest Isn't Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space" by Lisa Scottoline. She may be a New York Times bestselling mystery author http://scottoline.com/About/, but this pearl of wisdom jumped out at me as I made my way through her collection of Philadelphia Enquirer columns. I laughed out loud at many of the entries but when I got to the columns about the holidays just as the holidays were upon us (don't you love when that happens?) the UnResolution made perfect sense.
So here we are closing down 2011 and I am taking great pleasure in thinking about all the fun I am going to have in 2012. I am going to keep doing all those activities I absolutely love, like cooking more dinners for friends and family, tasting and drinking great wine, watching more great movies, growing a bigger garden and finding as many excuses to laugh as humanly possible.
So thank you Lisa, for being my inspiration to release all those obligatory New Year's resolution lists and instead fill my mind, heart and soul with all the wonderful aspects of my life that are here right in front of me, just waiting to be seen.
Happy New Year!