Starting the New Year with Old Stuff

Every time a new year comes in, I think about –not new beginnings–but old goals, things that I haven’t been working on in a while, projects on which I haven’t made progress.

Sometimes we’re so ready to get rid of the old year, especially if it was a bad one, that we forget our old goals. Last year was not a stellar one for me–a year of transition can be a tumultuous one–but I made some great goals. I want to finish and publish my first novel. I have travel plans, I even have a couple of craft projects I have to complete. Just because it’s a new year, it doesn’t mean that these goals disappear.

In fact, a new year to me means a new opportunity. One in which I can look at something old with fresh eyes, and a renewed motivation. A new year for me doesn’t have to mean a new to-do list, it could just be a new way to complete it.

Forced transition

In a few days, we will be forced to transition from 2014 to 2015. Most people who are glad to transition to a new year feel that way because they had a bad time in the previous year. Yes, I have had a few bad times this past year, but overall, it was a great year. Every obstacle I faced, I resolved in one way or another.

I’m actually glad that I went through some of the bad times that I did this year.  They have taught me valuable lessons: lessons that I needed to learn to see myself in a new place in life. These are lessons that have helped me realize that I was stuck in the middle of a chapter that I needed to end.

Though I still have a few pages to get through at the beginning of 2015, I am ready to move on.  This year’s “forced transition” to the next year is a welcome one.I embrace the challenge of bringing in the new year!