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Happy New Year!

January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, friends! I hope all y’all aren’t too hungover. We celebrated in the typical when-you-have-kids-that’s-all-you-have fashion by staying in, drinking Andre “champagne” Cook’s (the grocery store was out of Andre), and falling asleep on the living room floor at 12:09 AM. Yes, we are painfully aware of how lame we are, but you feel a lot more badass now, don’t you?

Making any resolutions? I haven’t done the new-year’s-resolution thing in a few years. (If I don’t make them, I can’t hate myself when I don’t keep them.) But this year I’m feeling the need for a change. The tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, affected me profoundly – as it did all of us. I didn’t and don’t plan to write about it because what is there to say? Nothing. A conversation about gun control and mental illness has started. The only thing that will make a difference now is taking action. And that is what I plan to do this year.

Of course, I’m not sure what that means exactly. I generally feel that I don’t give enough – to you, to my family, to the world. So, this year, I’m turning my focus outward. I was going to try a happiness project this year, but it seems a bit solipsistic now. Instead, I’m going to take on a year-long giving project – in baby steps, obviously – with mini month-long projects. True to form, I’ll be making this up as I go, but here are the 12 mini project themes, building upon each other concentrically. This year, I’ll give more to my . . .

  1. Health
  2. Marriage
  3. Children
  4. Students
  5. Family
  6. Friends
  7. Neighbors & Local Community
  8. Fellow Ohioans
  9. Country
  10. Global Community
  11. Readers (This means you.)
  12. TBD (Come on, a little mystery never hurt anyone.)

Let’s do it.

I hope you had the happiest of holidays, and here’s to a fabulous new year full of love, equality, and peace. Cheers! xoxo

photo credit: ecstaticist via photopin cc
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