Sunday, January 2, 2011

Happy New Year Everyone!

By Diane of Lady Dye Fiber Arts & Design

January 1st is the day that we set out to make our New Year’s resolutions. For those of you who make resolutions every year and keep them, I congratulate you for your commitment. And for those of you like myself who have struggled in the past to keep your resolutions, I want to provide you with a different perspective.

For the past two years, I have made no resolutions because I find them to be daunting and impossible to commit to each year. I have had friends in the past say, “Diane, just break those long term resolutions down to smaller ones?” This sounded so great but that didn’t work either. So here I was two years ago, in a place trying to improve myself inside and out and not meeting my resolutions.

Therefore, I decide to use my creative mind and made a “Scavenger Hunt” consisting of a list of things I have never done before and I had a year to find people, places, and organizations to complete them. Sounds pretty exciting, eh? Well, for me this scavenger hunt has changes my life for the best inside and out.

Consider these Scavenger Hunt questions:

• Find and item of yours that you are holding on to that you do not need and give it to someone who needs it more.

• Teach a skill to a person that someone taught you how to do.

• Search for a place or person to help you save a minimum of $350 for the year.

• Walk, run, bike, or do any other physical activity for 30 minutes or more to a place you have never been and take photos of that location and share it those images with someone.

I challenge you to look beyond the goals and resolutions and view this year as a creative search inside you for learning and teaching new things to yourself and others by seeking out opportunities for change in a different way. The very thing you are trying to resolve may require you to think beyond the obvious and search the unknown in order to make the change within you.

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