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Monday, December 29, 2008

Dear Me

Last Year I started a new tradition in my life. I actually wrote myself a letter for the New Year and sealed it away. I didn't want to just make resolutions and forget about them, so I thought this was a better idea for me. Basically, the purpose of writing the letter is to really reflect on what you want for your life in the coming year. It sounds really cheesy but once I started it, it came really easy. And I don't remember exactly what I wrote last year but I know I really thought about where I was in life and where I wanted to be. And this year has been a transformative year for me. I'm not sure if the two are connected but I liked that I really reflected on things that mattered to me and it felt so healthy. I do remember taking a long time to really think about what I wanted for the year. I highly recommend it for anyone.

After the letter was written, I sealed it and put it away. I was pleased to get it out this week so I could read it on New Years Day this year. I'm excited to read it. I'm planning to write my 2009 version before I open this one so I've got to work on that.

I do make resolutions but VERY manageable and measurable ones (i.e. one year I said I'd write a note a week to someone in my life--and I did it) This year one of my manageable resolutions is to actually put money in my savings account from each paycheck. I know, I should have been doing it all along, but whatevs. (I did the paperwork today so I can check it off my list) The complete resolution list is still in the works and that will not be sealed away with the letter. Maybe I'll share...

Do you have any new year traditions that you do for yourself?


Anonymous said...

I honestly haven't given it much thought, but I love the letter idea!

I'm glad you've had success with WW. I want to talk to you more about it. It seems like a pretty easy plan to follow.

Cristina said...

That's really nice. It's a resolution in itself, to write yourself a letter. I'm a little envious! I'm not sure I'm reflective enough to do it. I'd probably just write something either terribly self critical or sarcastic and silly.

Ms. Attitude said...

I did something very similar a couple of years ago. It was a list of things I wanted to accomplish before I reached a certain age. I actually just pulled it out to the box the other day. It's Fate, I tell you!

Angie said...

What a great idea, I should do that this year. You are so creative!!

fluxlife said...

interesting! it's kind of like a one year time capsule. i might try it. sounds like fun!

have a happy New Year!

-steve @ fluxlife