Endeavors for the New Year

English: Endeavor
English: Endeavor (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I don’t like the idea of “resolutions” (resolving to do something).

I’m going with ENDEAVOR.

Endeavor can be either a verb (try hard to do or achieve something) or a noun (an attempt to achieve a goal).

freedictionary.com gives the definition of endeavor as —
1. A conscientious or concerted effort toward an end; an earnest attempt. 2. Purposeful or industrious activity; enterprise.

What will I endeavor to do this next year?

Gratitude changes everything
Gratitude changes everything (Photo credit: symphony of love)

1.  I really love the idea of doing a “Thankfulness: 365” type of project.  I’m not sure I am diligent enough to take a photo every day, but Apple Hill Cottage’s posts inspired me to give it a try!  http://applehillcottage.org/thankfulness-360/  I might work this in with #3.

5. Friends!
5. Friends! (Photo credit: motagirl2)

2.  I will be a better friend.  I realize that I’ve been more self-centered than usual this year.  I need to make amends with some friends who were going through difficult times.  I wish I had been more supportive and present for them.  I also need to invest time and effort in making new connections.  I’ve taken quite a while to mourn the loss of all I left behind, and I realize I need to focus on the here and now.

Mini Art Quilt
Mini Art Quilt (Photo credit: cathredfern)

3.  I will make more time for creative projects.  One of the few TV show I enjoy watching is Quilting Arts on PBS.  Several of the programs I saw recently — (who knows when they aired?  I love our DVR!) — were full of ideas for making time daily for being creative.  With so many hobbies and supplies and my new “Creativity Room,” I need to be more intentional about using time for things I enjoy doing creatively.

We Can Do It! Poster
We Can Do It! Poster (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

4. I will pursue better health.  This covers a wide range of issues.  I’m not looking forward to this one, but I can no longer pretend I’m 24 and thin.  (I’m definitely neither of those things now!)

5. I will get our household unpacked and better organized.  (groan!)  After living in one place for 17 years and then moving across the state this summer, we are still looking for many items that seem to have disappeared during the move.

A grand piano with music
A grand piano with music (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

6.  I will learn some new piano music just for ME.  For several years, I’ve played mostly music that was chosen by others.  This is one endeavor I’m pretty such I can manage!  Again, making time for doing things for personal growth and enjoyment should be a priority for most everyone.  Why is it so difficult to do?

7.  I will get more involved in our new community.  I have several ideas and possible directions — too many, in fact.  I need to choose a few and go. Getting an opportunity for a fresh start is a wonderful gift in many ways.  Where should I spend my time, talent and attention?

Queen Rd. sign

8.  I will continue to write this blog.  Thank you for reading, following and/or commenting!  This whole “blogging” process has been an interesting journey so far.  I’m secretly hoping I can either finish and post all my drafts and/or decide they are unworthy and delete them.  (I guess it is a not-so-secret-hope now!)

English: Stack of books in Gould's Book Arcade...

9.  I will continue to make time to read —  not only books of all kinds but also poetry.

stained glass from the National Cathedral in DC
stained glass from the National Cathedral in DC

10. This is by no means last on my endeavor list.  In fact, this endeavor has always been and will continue to be integral to every part of my life.  I will endeavor to continue growing in faith and in spirit.  I saw this tweet today:  “Thanksgiving makes time. Give thanks, slow time down w/ all your attention, & time multiplies. #1000gifts”

There seems to be a theme here:  T H A N K F U L N E S S.

Another theme is: T I M E

Nearly every endeavor on my list will be achieved or not in relation to the T I M E given to that endeavor.

God of all time, all seasons of our living,
source of our spark, protector of our flame,
blazing before our birth, beyond our dying–
God of all time, we come to sing your name.

Spirit, who draws our fragile selves together;
Spirit, who turns a stranger to a friend:
be at the table where we greet each other;
be in the peace we pass from hand to hand.

words by Shirley Erena Murray 

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I am a pianist, musician, music teacher, choir director, mother, wife, daughter, sister, cousin, sister-in-law, friend, neighbor. I enjoy music (of course!), quilting, sewing, beading, traveling, kayaking, camping, biking, hiking, gardening, knitting, scrapbooking, cooking, reading, poetry, drinking good coffee, and having fun with family and friends. NOTE -- Creative Commons License: All work of The Tromp Queen (quirkyjazz, aka Jill) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 Unported License.

7 thoughts on “Endeavors for the New Year”

  1. Yes — I have heard of that. I am with you there, though: I’m not sure I could stick with one word for a year. (I did have that idea in mind when I was throwing out those words — sorry if that wasn’t clear.)

  2. Hey, thanks for the plug! 🙂
    I’m still trying to figure out a daily devotional word to do for 2014…I’m not sure I can keep Thankfulness fresh for another year. But I do prefer the word endeavor to resolve…it’s much more forgiving, don’t you think? Blessings on your endeavors for this new year.

    1. Hmmm….I can brainstorm some word ideas for you: grow, breath, light, peace, joy (I might use that one!) — blessings, love, creation, time. Are you thinking photography again?

      1. Well, I’m not sure. I might do that one-word for a year thing. Have you heard of that? The words I’m considering are Peace or Obedience. I don’t know if I can concentrate a whole year on one word — maybe I should consider the word patience? 🙂

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