Sunday, December 30, 2012

Turning 2012's Page...


Well Christmas is over and we will soon embark upon a new year. The turning of the calendar can often signal the turning of the page both literally and metaphorically. A new year can bring with it a new journey, new experiences, and new beginnings.
I’ve been pondering my New Year’s resolution. I believe that my resolution for 2013 will be to do more volunteer work. It’s very rewarding.  I am also going to make a list of “Ten Things to Accomplish in 2013”. I will elaborate in a future blog post.
So as 2012 winds down, may we all look forward to the new beginnings that 2013 will bring :)
What excites you about a new year? Do you usually make a New Year’s Resolution?

94 comments:

  1. It's funny. I more often feel depressed at New Years that excited, like the passing of time is getting away from me. But there's enough stuff for me to look forward to in 2013 that maybe I won't feel that way this year.

    Resolutions? To think longer before replying to touchy emails at work. To buy a bike and really ride it. To take breaks from writing when I'm stuck or frustrated. To be more patient with my kids.

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  2. No Resolutions here.

    But I do like "IrSoul's" Resolution, above!

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  3. Doing volunteer work is very rewarding. It always makes me feel so fulfilled!

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  4. More writing and living a healthier lifestyle ~

    Happy New Year to you ~

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  5. Happy New Year! Resolutions: To work harder and study more.

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  6. I look forward to the Ten Things post! :)

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  7. Resolutions: to keep my opinions to myself...think before I open my mouth....stop letting other people have so much influence on my mental health.
    I love the start of a New Year....I wake up with a tingle that lasts for about a week.

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  8. I'm terribly excited for this next year.
    I haven't given much thought to resolutions:/
    Happy {almost} new year!

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  9. I love a fresh page and new possibilities. I am not making resolutions in the new year, I am being my resolution which is more love. I look forward to reading more about your 10 Things to Accomplish in 2013. Thank you for being here and Happy New Year Keith, keep dreaming big.

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  10. To appreciate waking up every morning and to check out the door instead of the online for the weather.

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  11. I rarely make New Year resolutions but I'm always interested to hear other people's. Enjoy what is left of 2012!

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  12. Nothing really excites me about the new year :( IM GETTING OLD

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  13. I never really make resolutions. I don't even get all that excited about new years either. For me they're just another day. I know they can mean something to others though.

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  14. very cool resolution....volunteer work gives back far more than you ever put in....that is definte good return on investment...smiles...i like the soup kitchens personally but i make sure i can eat with those i serve...i love to hear their stories...

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  15. I used to make resolutions - but they are the same every year really. The main one is to lose weight - so hopefully this year will find my mojo! Happy New Year.

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  16. The beginning of a new year is always a reflective time for me - thinking of the past things that I haven't done, and of the future things that I'd like to do. I have plans, but no absolute resolutions. I hope your New Year is a great one.

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  17. I love thinking about the fresh start a new year signifies. I used to make like at least 27 resolutions and could rarely remember them after I thought of them. 2013 - I'm keeping it simple. It's all about acceptance and visualization.

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  18. I used to make resolutions and actually did quite well with them, following through on my intentions. However, this year it's been more important for me to find ways to connect with loved ones near and far so I've focused on finding ways to do that, whether through reading books together or watching movies or simply making time to reconnect. Rather than try to do something more I am focusing on building relationships. (However, it would be nice to lose some weight in 2012. Just saying!)

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  19. Happy New Year! I do have one resolution for the 2013 - to be able to stick to the plan. ( I am very good at making plans and very bad at sticking to them)

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  20. Volunteering sounds like an awesome goal. Happy New Year!

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  21. Will b spending a lot of 'Me Time' which includes a lot of writing and getting fit ..:)

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  22. I don't make resolutions as such, 'cause I usually can't stick to them. Have a great new year my friend :-)

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  23. Awesome you are going to be volunteering more, I have been wanting to volunteer at a animal shelter....and I believe I will be looking into it this week! Great post. Hmm.. New Years resolution is normally to maintain a healthy lifestyle, I think I do relatively well at :)

    Have a great week.

    Lots of bloggy love from,
    Ashton Belle

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  24. If I think of a resolution, I try to begin it right away instead of waiting for January 1. I think it's better to not hesitate. Volunteering more is a great goal. I would do so myself if my work schedule weren't so exhausting at times.

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  25. I do not make resolutions but I have healthy goals I want to live up to that I will be writing about it. Have a wonderful New Year.

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  26. That's a wonderful resolution! I like to look at my goals for the year after new year's day. I don't call them resolutions because for me that has a negative connotation.

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  27. As we've faced serious illness over the last few years, I am always a bit nervous of starting a new one and wonder what the next will bring. Of course it could be better things!
    I'd like to lose weight but rarely stick to a diet so my usual New Years resolution is to keep up my journal and blog writing though the blog seems to be falling behind a bit recently.
    Happy New Year.
    Maggie x

    Nuts in May

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  28. My resolution? Currently I'm too preoccupied with moving to think about it. I am really excited about your resolution to volunteer more. Where do you plan to volunteer at? Thanks for the follow, may I follow you in return? R

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  29. Your resolution is very noble and worthwhile! I am excited for the New Year and want to do more writing, more entertaining of family and friends, more napping, have more adventures exploring, to make 2013 a happy and memorable year! I wish you a very good year with many blessings! xx

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  30. I don't make new years resolutions but I do have a few goals for this year. One of them is to learn how to knit socks. : )

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  31. I actually hate the idea of resolutions. I think they're a silly and antiquated tradition... if you want to change yourself, what's stopping you from doing it the rest of the year? Regardless, here's to hoping another year brings joy and success to you.

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  32. i'm just hoping to persevere in 2013. :)

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  33. I'm going to make a list like that too! Genius idea!

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  34. Sounds like you will have some ambitious resolutions. Resolutions are a good thing when you write them down. That is why I have to make my daily lists for chores.
    Get out the whistles and confetti.... almost time. Yay

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  35. Good for you on volunteering! I hope you are able to meet your goals. I think I will start listing some things I need to get done in the new year. There are many, si I need to start soon! Hope you have a safe and fun holiday. Happy New Year!

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  36. Good luck with your resolution! My fiance did some volunteering this past year and really enjoyed it. I don't doubt that it will be a rewarding experience. I typically don't make resolutions, but I think my fiance and I might make some other. We won't necessarily have the same ones, but we'll be aware of each other's so we can support and encourage each other. And, to answer your question, of course you can follow! No reason to ask. ;) I always get back to every comment I receive, though it may take me several times, at some times. :)

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  37. That's a wonderful resolution, to do more volunteer work!

    I'm hoping to "let go" of things that do me no good.

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  38. Happy New Year to you as well! And volunteering more is a great idea.

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  39. Volunteering seems like the way to go. great idea!

    A very happy new year. The list of 10 thingies to be accomplished this 2013 seems like you're a person who jolts down the list of thingies to do every year.
    Well. So am I. But, it's pretty hard to keep up to them. This 2012 meant by the time it was September, I had to give those resolutions up.
    Let's hope we find the courage to keep up to this year's resolution a little bit more longer.

    You have a captivating insight and the way you enlist those posts is just spell binding.
    Hope you find everything you're looking for this year.
    Take Care :)

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  40. My resolution is to see more of my family and friends, and yes to do more volunteer work! All the best for 2013 Keith.

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  41. May your New year be as great as the quite you found for us! here's to you and yours!

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  42. Love your blog, Keith. :) A great discovery to start 2013 with. :)

    Look forward to reading more. :)

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  43. Wishing you all the best that 2013 has to offer. I'm chosing a word this year. Just a word. blessings ~ tanna

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  44. I don’t take resolutions and I really appreciate your work for volunteer. My best wishes and regards for the New Year.

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  45. What excites me most about a new year is all those imagined possibilities. It always feels like I'm being offered a clean slate to plot my life-story on.
    I never make any resolutions though...never seem to be able to keep to them as the year progresses. Something always seems to turn up and throw me off course!!

    Happy New Year xxx

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  46. Looking forward to turning the page..
    Good luck with your own resolutions!

    xx
    Lulu
    Breakfast After 10

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  47. I really like your resolution! Such a good idea! Very inspiring

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  48. Keith I knew you had a big heart by your beautiful and thought provoking words here.....more volunteer work, what a wonderful resolution! I always have selfish ones....like lose weight...and they never materialize....but I have always wanted to start a group going to assisted living homes to visit the elderly....that is what is near and dear to my heart. :-) Happy New Year!

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  49. I don't usually make resolutions. But I often have an idea in my head of what to do. This year I would like to be more proactive in paying down my student loans and to just live simply with my family. We volunteer and give our time generously and that is something I would like to teach my daughter. She's only two, but we're working on it! Have a Happy 2013!

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  50. I tend to stick with the same general resolutions (or "guidelines", as I more frequently refer to them), so that part never really excites me. I do look forward to the idea of a fresh start with each passing year, though. Even though we can technically pick up and start again on any given day, January 1st has such a fresh feel to it.

    I hope you have a happy, happy new year!

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  51. No, no resolutions here. As soon as I feel there is an area in my life that needs improved, I immediately start to work on it instead of pushing it off to a later time frame.

    Just stopping in today to wish you a Very Happy New Year! Glad we've just met. I look forward to learning more about you in the new year :)

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  52. Happy New Year!! I dont have any resolutions:)
    Only I try to make the best:)

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  53. I quit making them a few years ago...I just pray I can learn from the mistakes I made last year and there were a few :) Happy New Year...Gods blessings and peace be with you.

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  54. Happy New Year. My resolutions are to be more tolerant, more reflective and yet be true to myself. This is quite a challenge but I feel up to it. All the best to you - Axxx

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  55. doing more volunteer work is an amazing resolution! happy new year :)

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  56. I don't necessarily make resolutions. But I prefer to think of them as goals!

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  57. Thanks so much for your nice comments on my blog! Your blog is quite interesting as well. You are more than welcome to follow my blog! Happy New Year!

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  58. I try to keep my resolutions and I keep them in mind but they usually only get half accomplished ever.

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  59. I do usually make a resolution each year. New Years Eve is always a time of reflection for me, as I think back on where I have been and the new year I am about to step into... This year my resolution is to start a daily graditude journal.

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  60. Happy New Year! I can't wait to see your list :D

    Caroline
    http://missoline.blogspot.com

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  61. I usually make mine on my birthday!
    Happy New Year.

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  62. Hope that you have a Happy New Year!!!

    http://mylifebeingrenewed.blogspot.com/

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  63. Happy New Year my new friend. If only we all dreamed more, the world would be a better place.
    I look forward to catching up.

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  64. Happy New Year, Keith! :)

    Anything that signifies a fresh start gets me excited for all of the positive possibilities! I love your resolutions, looking forward to reading more about them!

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  65. I would like to volunteer more too! Great idea. I look forward to hearing more about your goals. Happy New Year!

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  66. Happy New Year, Keith! I wish you a year of many dreams, kindness, inspiration and positive energy. As I said, the world is need of more dreamers like you, so keep up the good work! Hugs.

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  67. Happy New Year! I hope your next page is a great one :)

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  68. I don't usually make new year's resolutions, but this year I'm resolving to make more crafts and finish my novel.

    Good luck with the volunteering, it's always rewarding...

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  69. Wow, what a wonderful blog. I've gone through a few of your posts and I can identify with them all! I don't usually make New Years resolutions, but I'm gonna try a few this year. I've been really feeling that I need some changes in my life. I am your newest follower and I know I'll enjoy it!

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  70. and Happy New Year to you! My resolution for this year is simplify! Lets see if I can do that!
    Cheers!

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  71. Hello Keith...Happy New Year to you! How nice that you stopped by my blog and said hello. I appreciated your visit.

    To answer your questions: Well, a new year is exciting because it's so filled with promise and possibilities. As I said on my post, it's like a chalkboard awaiting lots of intriguing squiggles!

    I can make the most of each precious gift of a day by maintaining a good attitude and a heart filled with gratitude.

    Rather than say "resolutions," I make "goals" at the beginning of each new year. Writing them down is imperative because if something is written down, there's more chance of it coming to fruition.

    My best to you on the cusp of this sweet new year of life! Susan

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  72. Excellent, and very community oriented resolution. Good for you! I stopped making resolutions years ago, but instead I make a theme each year and meditate on it so the theme will be my daily intention. That way I'm more likely to bring about the action. This year's theme is "Success will come to me in twenty, one, three". At my age success means good health and happiness.

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  73. I tend to make Birthday resolutions not New Years ones. I like the idea of volunteering and giving back more.

    Happy 2013.

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  74. Happy New Year! Looking forward to reading your "Things to Accomplish" list. :)

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  75. Happy New Year to you! And thank you, I couldn't stay away from the blogging world :) I'm always excited about the new starts and the possibility of all the new experiences. xxx

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  76. May 2013 be an awesome year to us all!!

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  77. I usually don't make New Year's resolutions - but this year I have for some reason. I feel like 2013 is going to be a good year. Thanks for reading my blog too and dropping by.

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  78. I make "goals" instead of "resolutions" because for me, it seems more attainable that way. I also make the goals with the expectation that they may change. My goals are book and writing related, so it's kind of a "this is where my mindset is at the beginning of the year" type of thing. If my goals change, it's usually by replacing one story that I planned to work on with a different one that I have more inspiration for.

    I am excited for the new year. 2012 was a great year, but by the end I was restless for the "fresh start" that a new year brings! Particularly in terms of my writing. I was very productive in 2012, but at the beginning of the year, it was almost frenzied writing that became more of a chore than the joy that it usually is and by the end of the year I was burned out. So I'm ready for a new year of writing! :)

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  79. I love your blog and I definitely make resolutions. I make a list of them actually...... Hope you had a wonderful day!

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  80. Happy New Year!
    Obserwuję i liczę na to samo;)

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  81. Happy New Year!!! Love that quote :)

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  82. Happy New Year to you and yours! :-)

    Greetings from London.

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  83. Happy New Year! I do not make resolutions because I never keep them. This year I have made several reachable goals. I also want to be more giving.

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  84. This year my "theme" is 365 Inspirations. I'll be writing daily about all the people, things and places that inspire me for 2013! Nice to find you here. My blog is http:// lessonsfromthemonkimarried.blogspot.com

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  85. I don't usually resolve things, but I do have some hopes for 2013. I hope to write more. I hope to waste less time. I hope to get BACK to volunteering (at least once a week). I hope to get accepted into grad school:()

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  86. That was a wonderful post! It made me think about all the stories and wonderful tales you can spin from a single relationship.

    I just stumbled upon your site. I'll be back! Thanks for writing and being here :-)

    Dean
    http://leftcoastguy.com

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  87. I love that quote by T.S Eliot :)

    As for resolutions,I do make them every year but usually do an awful job at actually carrying them out.So I'm going to try a different approach this year and wont have any particular resolutions on my mind,no more planning every single detail and driving both myself and others around me insane:)
    I just want to learn to accept things as they are and embrace change rather than reject it...its time to end the cycle I've been clinging onto for too long.

    Happy new year! :)

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  88. I don't make New Years Resolutions. I try and just get things done when I'm thinking of them. Rather than saving them for a certain date.

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