Okay, so since sharing my post about New Year's eve celebrations and all that I thought it stood for, I have come to realize that I am in a rather..um...small crowd. I asked my best buddy down at Camas Antiques what he and his partner would be doing to usher in the fabulous new year, to which he replied, "Nothing. I mean, we keep it low key. It's not a big deal."
I then asked another single-gal-pal from the antique mall what her plans were. She had no idea. Probably early to bed after dinner with some family.
Finally, I asked my daughter yesterday morning what she would be doing, (You know, since she has a semi-new beau and all, I was sure they'd be doing something absolutely inspired.) and she informed me that she was working all day, so no plans had been made. She did say she planned to most likely watch the ball drop in Time Square. (I didn't ask if she'd be watching it on eastern, or pacific time.)
Apparently I am in the minority in thinking of New Years Eve as a you've-got-to-whoop-it-up-till-the-stroke-of-twelve-and-see-what-changes-happen-in-your-life kind of girl. That got me thinking.
Why do I have this concept? One of my biggest little city friends pointed out that whooping things up if they even remotely resembled a holiday or event was all I had known for three plus decades. She pointed out that I had been married to, as she called him, "The Party King".
Oh. My. Ga.
I thought about it for a moment. She was right. When I was married, any occasion was a potential party opportunity. Mmm hmm. My ex-husband liked to entertain and so did I, so consequently, everything was a party. Birthdays, Thanksgiving, and Christmas of course, but also things like the-daughters-are-coming-home-from-college-for-the-weekend, or...we're-going-on-vacation-and-taking-the-kids-friends-with-us-so-we-all-need-matching-custom-made-Spring-Break-2003-bags-to-carry-our-stuff...heck, we once even hosted an elaborate formal brunch (with printed invitations!) for a group of my girl friends after a yard saling excursion one morning. No lie.
Consequently, New Years Eve is...or was, in my mind...forever a confetti and champagne event. Now, I am not saying I was wrong, I am simply saying that I had yet another light bulb moment this week. I now think that while the new year is cause for thinking about the nice clean slate and the possibilities for good things to happen, it doesn't have to be an over-the-top event, unless you want it to be.
With this being said, I read a blog post this week that really got me thinking...and inspired me. Kim shared her concept, like a lot of other people do as well, of having a word of the year, and she even shared some ideas for how to find your word.
I thought it would be really fun to hear what your word for 2011 will be, so here's the deal, in three easy steps-
1. comment on this post before next Tuesday, January 4th at midnight, sharing the word you've chosen, and why.
2. Wednesday morning I will draw one comment and pick a winner.
3. The winner will get a custom banner sent to them in their inbox of their word for the year.
so...as I was saying....I liked the idea of a word for the year, and I decided to pick one. After not more than two minutes I knew what my word would be for 2011, as it was the exact thing I have been working on developing for all of 2010. (Some of my closest friends already know what this word must be and are chanting the word aloud right now...)
Since there are no real rules for this, I figure I can use the same word two years in a row, right?
Wanna know what my word was (without formally calling it my word for 2010..)...and will be?
Balance between work and play, between sleep and activities, between time with friends and family, and time with myself.
As I said above,those of you out there that know me really well, know that I have been searching for this all year, since I am rather...manic?...spastic?...obsessed?...er...Enthusiastic? (There, now that sounds more positive) and not terribly laid back when I do not know the entire plan for things in my life.(This being said, I am actually very laid back when plans change most of the time and go with the flow on things for the most part...I just initially like to know a loose game plan, and where I stand,if that makes any sense at all.)
I go all out for any new job, or creative endeavor, but then, I am easily sidetracked. (I know you're not shocked.) I seem to get carried away with one thing and forget another. Likewise, I get involved in a project and stay up far too late into the night working on it, like a crazy woman.
That's my word, and that's what I am gonna strive for.
(Now, pick your word, and enter my giveaway!)