Monday, January 5, 2015

The Blank Pages of 2015

I’m not really a New Year’s Resolution kind of person. I’m not really sure why, but I’ve never entirely bought into the whole "New Year, New Me" thing. A date on the calendar isn’t going to suddenly take me from being a temperamental caffeine addict with a frighteningly disorganized purse to being a calm, only drinks water girl with a perfectly organized purse. It would be nice, but it’s just not realistic. In my opinion and experiences with attempting New Year’s Resolutions.

That being said, I love the chance (and encouragement) to look back on the previous year that a new year brings. It’s a great time to reflect on what you did, didn’t do, wanted to do, etc. 

The beginning of a new year does also bring a blank slate of sorts. Literally, if you’re like me and don’t have the best relationship with technology. I’ve been using this calendar for about seven years now, (it works really well for keeping up with Nick’s rotating schedule), and getting the new one for the year always makes me really happy. It has that new book smell, and I love all of the blank pages. It’s a whole year waiting to be filled up.

This, of course, begs the question of what’s going to be written on the blank pages of 2015. Work, obviously, represents a huge chunk of time for most of us. But what about the rest of the time? The beginning of the year seems to be a great time to think about how you want to fill the pages of the year ahead.

For me, a few things come to mind. I haven’t given up on writing. I’m still working on a cookbook and a novel (my inability to commit to one project at a time could be part of my problem). I still need to work on exercising, losing weight, and making better food choices. And there are a few house and yard projects we’re hoping to tackle this year.

Then there are the more intangible things like spending more time with family and friends, being more mindful of how time is filled, and doing something good. Those are the things that are a little harder to measure, but that certainly doesn’t make them any less important.

The pages fill up really, really fast. It never fails to amaze me how quickly a week can go from being a blank slate to being a constant rush to get everything done. I think that just makes it even more important to work on filling the pages, as much as possible, with the things that really matter to us.

So what about you? How are you planning to fill the blank pages of 2015?


  1. Thanks for popping in on my blog. I just had a flip though last year's diary; empty page, empty page, empty page, dental appointment, empty page....retirement is pretty good.

  2. I like your attitude about resolutions; that really is true what you said. I think we'll be filling in a lot of our 2015 pages with discovering Arizona, plus of course that pesky work, LOL. It is neat though to look back on the calendars and remember events written down and the good times that might have happened as a result of them.


  3. We will be moving at the end of the year so uncluttering is what I will be doing. I agree that the thought of filling empty pages is exciting. It's a great analogy Danielle.

  4. I'm not into resolutions either. They just seem to make me feel guilty. I just try to meditate every morning. It grounds me.

  5. I'm a print planner girl too. I love when it rolls around to a new year for one. I have a thing for office supplies it turned out. lol I do goals for the year instead of resolutions. Just things I'm going to try to make happen or want to. I guess similar to resolutions but for me different.

    Have you seen the idea of picking a word for the year and going with that? I thought it was kind of a new idea. Like Faith, or Focus or something.


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