Do you make resolutions for the New Year? Do you choose a guiding word? Do you set goals?

Or like me are you more concerned about where that bag of black-eyed peas is hiding?

A typical New Year’s Day at my house is spent cooking the very important black-eyed peas and ham hocks, a tradition introduced by my Southern-raised husband. We usually spend the day taking down all the Christmas decorations inside and outside, weather permitting, and watching the Rose Bowl Parade on TV. Nary a resolution in sight.

The last two years I’ve picked a guiding word to help me navigate the new year. I’m not sure how that worked out last year since I can’t remember what I picked or where I wrote it down.  Normally I could go to my journal and find it. This last year I somehow ended up with three journals going at the same time and in no particular order.

So I’ve decided to set a couple of goals and pick a word for the coming year. Cultivate is my word. It fits right in with the goal to expand my study of art. I have chosen some workshops to take and made a list of books to read and videos to watch. Then in July I will become a senior citizen in the eyes of CU and will be able to audit classes in the fall. Age does have some advantages!

But until then . . . the first four books on my list have arrived from Amazon, and I’m ready to dive in.

What are you planning for 2014?