Closing Up Shop on 2011

As 2011 comes to an end, my mind goes once again to a place of analyzing the symbolism of it all. We use the entrance of a new year as a sort of vehicle to start fresh, even though January 1st is just another day like another. We make resolutions and set new goals. I might actually partake in this ritual for 2012. Stay tuned for details if I choose to share! πŸ˜€

So we’re in the final four days of 2011 – last chance for a final purge. This is more work than just tossing things in bags or boxes and taking them to Goodwill. Thanks to a friend in the tax biz, I now know that I need to take photos of everything we donate and keep them on a CD with our taxes for that year in case of audit. I guess it’s a small price to pay for a tax deduction. πŸ˜‰

Once that purge is done, and the Christmas tree and decorations are put away (up late and away early this season), then maybe I can work on some goals for next year. One of those goals is going to be creating quarterly and monthly goals both within and separate from those annual goals. Work must be getting to me with its goal setting craze. 😈 My personal goals won’t be so difficult, though. I’m not going to require myself to track and measure so meticulously. METRICS – ::scream:: !

Speaking of work, I do know that one of my goals is to strategically plan days off throughout the year as mini-breathers. I get four weeks of vacation. Using one or two weeks as full weeks is enough, especially when we can’t afford to take a trip. Planning long weekends and personal days off is better for me.

Any day is a good day to start fresh, but I think I’ll jump on the New Year bus this time and wave fare well to 2011 and welcome 2012 while begging her to be much kinder than 2011 was. πŸ˜›

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