02 January 2010

my list of aspirations

At the beginning of each year, I spend time thinking of the things I would like accomplish in the coming year. I think of things that inspire me, things that bring me joy, things that fill my soul. Some things are about me - things to do with beauty, or health, or learning. Some things are about my family. Some things are about the world around me.

2010 follows a year of great learning about myself. I gained so much clarity in 2009 with regards to the direction I would like my life to go in as I approach my 40s. It was an incredible year and I feel so blessed to have traveled through it - even in the difficult times. I experienced more growth than I have in any of my previous years~

In 2010, I want to continue to explore different paths that life offers, and to focus on things that I feel will bring me even more growth as well as begin to build the legacy that I want to leave one day~

My 2010 Aspirations

~ I aspire to enjoy my feminine side more - wear more pink, more ruffles, surround myself with sparkles.

~I aspire to continue running, extending my endurance, and feeling good about doing it.

~I aspire to really grasp the French language - I hope to study a little something every. single. day. (more on that soon!)

~ I aspire to take my photography further - shoot more often, play with textures and treatments, expand my list of regular subjects.

~I aspire to feed my family as seasonally and locally as possible. I want to create well-rounded meals, explore my fabulous cook book collection, plan meals ahead of time, and shop at my favorite spots to make it more enjoyable. I want to find more local sources for produce, especially in the "off" season.

~ I aspire to change the life of women that I don't know. I know that I have the opportunity to do that every single day, and I am going to welcome those opportunities and do what I can with the blessed life that I have been given.

~ I am going to find more ways to inspire with this blog. I want to post beauty, and frivolity, but I also want to inspire women to find their own beauty, their own voice, their own path. I truly believe we all have something to offer this world, and there is such adventure in finding out what that is!

~courtesy UNICEF

I also have an extended *wish list* - I want to travel more, enjoy more date nights with my husband, spend more one on one time with each of my boys, spend more time on my etsy shop, extend our gardens, finish painting the house, take more cooking classes, be more frivolous, spend more time "doing lunch" with my girlfriends, add goats to the farm, and the list goes on and on... However, my list of aspirations is something that is with me throughout the year, keeping me focused on who I want to be at the end of 2010.

I wish you much laughter, prosperity, and inspiration~


DustyLu said...

Beautiful, thank you for the inspiration. lulu

Lux Star Cake said...

worthy aspirations for 2010!

Kato said...

I have no doubt you will do everything you aspire to do!

Jacqueline said...

What wonderful aspirations, Kim...... and a lot to keep you busy in 2010. I wish you well on your journey to fulfilling you dreams. XXXX

English Vintage said...

Well said Sx

Ciara said...

Phew! That's some list! I have no doubt you will come good on most, if not all, of it! I am very impressed.

Now. Off to meditate on my own!

Simone said...

Have I told you lately that I love you??!!

You are such an inspiring friend, I am honestly so lucky to have you......this list is so wonderful.....and I have no doubt this time next year you will have ticked them all off that long list and will be even more accomplished than you are today!

I love that you call them "aspirations".....brilliant :)


Chez Zizi said...

Just beautiful. Absolutely wonderful and I am sure 2010 will be wonderful for you.

jules @ The Diversion Project said...

What an amazing list - all truly wonderful things to aspire to.

Best wishes for all good things in 2010 and thank you for the inspiration!


Ange said...

Wonderful ...Just let me know if I can be of any help !!
Embrace life while your reaching your goals

Ulla said...

This is beautiful... May the New Year bring you all the blessings you deserve!

pve design said...

Wonderful list to admire!
Atta girl, you lead the way into 2010!

Melanie said...

Lovely. Thank you for inspiring me to reach out, touch others and give back.

Jboo said...

Great aspirations! Happy New Year!


Kasey said...

what a wonderful aspirations list.
I look forward to spending some quality time with you.

Philigry said...

i love this post! thank you for sharing. i noticed you have some pop-ups on this post where the green words are. i noticed the same thing on my blog, although I didn't do it. do you know how we can get rid of them?

Lori said...

What a fantastic list Kim ~ you are already an inspiration to many without even trying ~ so if you set out to do it ~ the sky my friend is the limit. xo

Jeanne Oliver said...

Beautiful aspirations list. I also agree how wonderful I feel when I am able to put a meal before my family at night that is good and good for them. I love shopping locally and know I need to be better at the planning part. I look forward to watching those aspirations become realities.

Jill said...

Thanks for sharing, I have no doubt you will successfully accomplish what you wish. You are a fabulous women who I have the privledge of knowing, lucky me!

Happy 2010!

Jackie said...

These are wonderful! I know you'll make them all happen. I'm with you on cooking locally - I LOVE going to the farmer's market every weekend and trying new meals for my family. Happy New Year!

julie said...

oh! i love your list! i pretty much want the same! i do hope you share some of your yummy recipes along the way! looking forward to seeing what you do this new year!

Bella said...

I love your list of aspirations. Wishing you a beautiful 2010.

Barbara said...

You have a very special way of expressing yourself and inspiring others...me anyway. Best wishes in 2010.

If you find yourself in the Everett/Marysville area and need a lunch partner let me know!

CrowNology said...

Our Aspirations are so much alike!
I will be starting a French Word a Day on my blog this week.
I hope you have a wonderful 2010 and obtain these things you desire!

Morning T said...

What a great post~ thank you for sharing it with us. You inspire me endlessly as I love your blog and your photography skills are just incredible. One of my main goals this year is to learn to take photos even half as good as yours! Happy 2010. :-)

Elle Moselle said...

"...I also want to inspire women to find their own beauty, their own voice, their own path."

You do that with every word. Thanks for sharing your aspirations with us.

Carey said...

Thanks for this post - it was really moving.

I particularly enjoyed the part about feeding your family well. What a beautiful thing. Women often get overwhelmed by trying to figure out what "big accomplishment" they can make, but truly "the small things" can be an equal or greater blessing.

Thank you for sharing.