Thank you to my friend RL for posting this on FB today.
Last month in my ProGen course we made a list of our clients and time-sucks. Who or what was most important in our life and what was keeping us from it. I made my list of my "clients", starting with family and friends, then work, followed by education/professional development and hobbies such as traveling, reading and genealogy. Finally, at the end of the list, I added myself. An afterthought, really, and, as a new mother with a new job and not enough hours in the day or energy to make the most of them, I realized that that is how I have been treating myself, the most important "client" I have.
I have never been one for New Year's resolutions; I instead prefer to pick a word for the year, such as explore or renew. I think I first read about this in The Happiness Project and over the past few years it has provided a focus that a resolution cannot. This year, based on the above paragraph, it seems like the obvious choice would be "balance" and yet that does not resonate within me. I'm not a believer in balance, particularly not when life is being lived in such a fierce way. My baby is growing up quicker then I imagined possible. I have gotten onto the career path that I have been working towards for many years now and one I want to dive into as much as possible. Yet at the same time, I want to remember it, to notice it, to stop worrying once in a while and just be.
As such, 2014 shall be the year of "Savor". To me, savor means taking the best of what is offered and enjoying it to the fullest. I cannot do everything and be everywhere, no matter how hard I try, but I can say yes to those things that most interest me and then revel in them, for these truly are the days.