winter garden

This week has been a little crazy for me.  Parties, friends and my whole family at home (encroaching on my workspace) — its all great, and I am grateful, but to some extent, I am looking forward to the quiet of next week.  All I want to do at this time of year is to have some peaceful uninterrupted introspective time where I can plan for the coming year.

Last night I was able (with the help of a blogging friend) to get my focus on thoughtfulness started.  I have the classic overachiever tendancy to want to do way more than is realistic and expect myself to be able to accomplish it all in unattainable time frames.  So, sometimes my introspective times can feel stressful because I can’t figure out how to do it all.   The suggestion to look back rather than forward, at least as a start, turned out to be a good thing.  Instead of trying to get my head around a realistic plan to do all the things I want to do in life, Holly proposed to look back over 2011  and list what was accomplished. Turns out the list is longer than I expected and it is a good one that I wanted to share with you.  I found that in celebrating it, I am able to focus a little less on what I didn’t accomplish in 2011 and now feel compelled to achieve  in 2012.  Instead, I feel good about what I did do and can move into the next year with both a more realistic set of expectations as well as a little less anxiety.

I’m putting my list in the comments —  I thought you might want to share your list too.  I would love to celebrate what you guys did as well.

image from flickr commons. More info about image: Taken Dec 10, 1870
Beautiful and festive scene from the grounds of Clonbrock House, Ahascragh, Co. Galway. We don’t know whether the man with the rifle was a member of the Dillon family or a gamekeeper on the Clonbrock Estate.