The Real First Day of the New Year

Happy New Year.

January 2nd has always seemed like it should be the real first day of the new year. Don’t you think? January 1st is usually reserved for driving home, recovering, unpacking, taking down all of the Christmas decorations and so on and so on.

We had a really, really (dare I say near perfect) wonderful new years. A whole heap of us spent the weekend up north and as the last minutes of 2011 ticked away, there was nowhere else that I would have rather been.

Skating, eating, chatting, playing hockey, more eating, not tubbing and a giant fire to end off 2011. What better way to end a year than with a giant bon fire?!

I’ve been tossing around some ideas for new year’s resolutions in my head and I think I am going to stick with the plan that I had last year and not make them public. I found that my writing my 2011 in my notebook worked for me because I was able to check back throughout the year and see how I was doing. And like most years, I was successful at some of the life changes I wanted to make and unsuccessful in others. For me, telling only close friends was a way of entrusting that my goals for the year really are for me (and not for my ego) but still gave me some accountability.

Like Ann Voskamp, I chose a word to represent last year. I’ve been tossing some ideas around in my head what I wanted this year’s word to be. It’s difficult because tomorrow I embark on my first clinical placement…so there is a lot of unknown-ness about what the beginning or even majority of this year will look like. So, I’m tempted to choose a word based on my current circumstance. After thinking about this for a while, I decided that I want my word to be relevant regardless of what’s going on in my life. I want this year’s word to be a character word, an identity word.

I’ve gone back to some imagery that I’ve always loved.

But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8

Roots that reach deep.

That’s what I want my life to look like this year. Solid, deep, rooted.


That’s my word for 2012.

If you have a word for the year, what is? Do you make resolutions?

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