The 1st of January always feels like a fresh start. A reboot.
That’s why I’m always excited to start things off right for the year: Spending time with the family. Eating good food. Moments of reflection. Creating. Reading. Dreaming of what is to come. Goal setting. Organising. Starting a new journal.
And yes, blogging.
Over the past few years, I have been making an attempt to begin the year with a blog post. Most times, I manage. And, I’m grateful each time that I do get the chance to do so.
I guess, I just can’t help it. Even before I had a blog, writing during the first day of the year is something that I love doing.
That’s why I’m here. Today.
I’m blogging to wish you all a happy new year.
And, I’m blogging to continue a lifelong tradition of writing on the first day of a new year.
Looking at my year-end reviews for the last 7 years, it’s almost tough to imagine myself keeping up and matching all the big events that have happened. Each year almost feels bigger than the last. In different ways. And, I haven’t even archived the years before these ones that I managed to blog about.
A part of me wants to keep going, to keep achieving, to keep growing… If you’ve known me long enough, you’d probably know that it’s just in my nature. I get restless with same ol’, same ol’. That’s why I love start-ups. That’s why I enjoy working for myself. That’s why I’m a tragic ideaholic.
But, there’s also a part of me that wants to embrace a bit of stillness. To step back and to see what life will bring without pushing too hard.
Not sure which part will win as days go by.
For now, I have set myself 13 goals for 2013.
Yes, I’ve kept up with my annual goal setting practice. But, unlike in previous years, this year’s goals don’t seem too big or too lofty. They’re still challenging. In fact, I’m already unsure if I can accomplish some of them. But, the challenges don’t seem too daunting.
There are a few other things coming up, but I’d like to be closer to completion when I share them here. So, do stay tuned.
For now, let me just wish you a fantastic year ahead in 2013!
Shai has been managing and blogging here at ShaiCoggins.com for 17 years. Here, she writes about creativity, productivity, and how to recharge for a better, happier lifestyle. She is the author of Today: Life Journal, Colour Bliss: Kaleidoscopes, and a little known children's book. A serial entrepreneur, Shai also currently runs Vervely.com, a boutique digital media agency offering online content, community, and conversion marketing services. Her blogging experience and digital work have been featured in various media, including being listed in Fast Company's "Most Influential Women in Technology" list. Originally from Manila, Shai lived in Singapore and the USA before moving to Australia with her British husband. They have two children, a pet bunny, and a rambunctious rescue Labrador.