New Year, New Moon, New Calendar, New Journal- It’s all New!!


Hobbes' goal:  Catch that stuffed mouse.

Hobbes’ goal: Catch that stuffed mouse.

So, I hear that this year’s first day also has a new moon and that rarely happens. It seems that the people who watch the sky think this is an auspicious beginning to 2014. A new blank page on the calendar, a brand new moon for the month as well as a new year all point to a clean slate to build dreams and goals. I also will be cracking the spine on a new journal. I use about 5-6 a year and I couldn’t tell you the last time I had one that I filled in the last page of on a December 31 so I’m calling that an auspicious beginning as well. All this blankness facing us and I’m ready to fill in some goodness into that space. Are you?

Imagine if the whole world looked at this day as a brand new beginning. We could do so much as a planet if we all gave due respect to the opportunities facing us with all the newness abounding all around. Wouldn’t it be awesome if we all dove in to good things and not the bad that seem to teem all over the globe?

What goals do you have for this year? I don’t do resolutions as I always crash and burn with them but I do set some goals. Pretty nebulous ones, for sure, because then I am less likely to fail. I have this character flaw that won’t allow me to back down from a challenge so I make sure I don’t set the bar too high (kind of self-defeating, I know).

My main goal is to try to focus more on being in the moment as opposed to fretting about the future. I tend to worry about things that never happen and I’d like to learn to stop that. I also set a goal of two new novels written this year as well as building the legal practice back up since it suffered a bit this past year with one big case that ate up my time. What about you? Any firm goals or are you a vague goal-setter like me?

16 responses to “New Year, New Moon, New Calendar, New Journal- It’s all New!!

  1. I am 80 years old so my goals are old man goals:

    1. Keep going to Re-hab and gain physical strength
    2. Find a church we really like.
    3. Live to Aug 20 in 2014 and 2015–so we can celebrate our 60th wedding anniversary in Hawaii. (I hope)

  2. After reading HMN’s goals, I think I need to revamp mine. I like his goals. 🙂 My husband, by the way, will be turning 70 at the end of this year. He’s already talking about maybe skydiving to celebrate. YiKES! I’ll be watching from the ground.
    As for me, my goals are to improve on heath and well-being. For the first time, I’ve set a financial goal for my business (the writing and editing). I WILL make XXX by the end of the year.
    I hope. 🙂

    • Yeah, HMN has some superb goals. Good luck with yours. I hope it works out. Congrats to your husband on a milestone. I’ve been skydiving and I loved it. So very cool.


    • Valerie J. Patterson

      I love, love, love that your hubby has such an adventurous heart! If skydiving is really his dream, there are ways to experience it “safely”. I hope he does it, but you won’t find ME jumping out of a plane any time soon! LOL 😛

  3. Happy New Year, Everyone! As this year is a milestone one for me age-wise my goals are to devote more time to me, doing the things I love doing most, writing, art and gardening. Having spent the past two years working hard on other people’s books as part of my business, this year I am cutting back. I think I’ve earned it.

  4. Ah I agree HMN has some great goals and are good at any age. And Kit making a conscience decision to make 2014 your year is a great idea. I need to do that too.

    Laurie, skydiving. Yikes now that’s something I don’t have any desire to put on my bucket list. By the way if our readers haven’t seen that movie I’d recommend it.

    Okay off to get a start on 2014. Our friends in the UK are well on their way already.

  5. Valerie J. Patterson

    Happy New Year to all who frequent here! I tend to think resolutions/goals are pretty much the same: Resolving to achieve or change. No matter how you package it, I hope you achieve it and are successful! 😛

    • Thanks Valerie. Back at you. To me, resolutions are more like changes you want to make, goals are things you can achieve without changing yourself. I may be full of crap on that but that’s how I differentiate.


  6. It’s great to read everyone’s goals, and I like the distinction you make between resolutions and goals, Jillian. My big thing this year is to be more organised. So far, so good 😉

  7. Nope, I don’t make resolutions but I do like the picture you painted of all the bright pkgs we have waiting for us to open in the New Year! I blogged more about that on 4 Foxes 1 Hound the other day, if you’re interested. 😉

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