Happy New Year! Thoughts on Ways to be Happy in the New Year.

Indiana Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument

Well, 2012 has officially come to a close. I considered doing a “year in review” post… but I have so much to feature! I have never been one for New Year’s Resolutions, as I’ve never needed a new year to motivate me into doing something. However, I do have several goals for the year… things I’d like to do or experience to make a more fulfilling life in the new year.

1. Attend more local events, especially lectures, art shows, and the theater. Supporting the local arts is very important to me and I already try to find ways to attend these events whenever I can. I’d like to step out of my comfort zone and try to attend those that I might not immediately gravitate towards.

2. Read more books! I know I am guilty of finding or buying books to read, then never do. I am going to try and find more books to read and dedicate time to reading them. I’m especially interested in architectural history (duh) or anything related to the Manhattan Project. If anyone has any suggestions, send them my way.

3. Plan more “one day adventures.” There are plenty of great small towns, state parks, and other places of interest throughout Indiana I have yet to explore. I’d love to go to Madison for a day, spend some time in Brown County during the fall, or explore little known areas in the southwest part of the state. I’d love to spend time in the Indiana State Park system, as well.

4. Spend less time on my smartphone. I know I’m not the only one guilty of this. I’m trying to waste less time just messing around on my phone, when I could be doing many other things… painting, reading (see point #2)… As part of this, I’m going to try and put my phone “away” more so I’m not tempted to play with it.

The essence of all four of these points can be traced back to the plenary session at the National Preservation Conference in Spokane, WA. Annie Leonard of The Story of Stuff Project talked about how we THINK we are happy because of our “stuff” culture – wanting to have things. However, we are truly happy with the experiences and places that we surround ourselves in (yay preservation + history). I found this message particularly powerful and it really personally motivated me to try to reassess ways to weave it more into my lifestyle.

I hope everyone had a wonderful New Year’s Day and is excited to start 2013!

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