Happy New Year to all an sundry! Though this post will appear on Monday, January 2nd, I'm composing it on January 1st. At this point I've been home with my three-year-old for ten days, and frankly, I'm exhausted. Kudos to all of you stay-at-home parents out there. I don't know how you do it.
Anyway, I wanted to do a post about New Year's resolutions, but I've never been much of a goal-setter, and my little fireball has sucked out every last bit of motivation I may have had to put toward one. Furthermore, I've got a couple issues with goals. Now, I'm all for bettering oneself. But in my opinion, specific, measurable goals just set me up for failure. (Especially New Year's resolutions. Everyone knows they'll be forgotten by February.) And what if I'm focusing so much on my goal that I pass up an even better opportunity? Nope, measurable goals are not for me. They make me too anxious.
With that said, lately I've been pondering Capstone's mission statement:
We create awesome learning experiences.
You have to admit, that's a pretty cool corporate mission statement. And I've been thinking, what if it's more than that? What if it's a way of life? Some of the best moments in life are those "aha" moments, (to steal a phrase from Oprah.) So I would like to do something different for myself this year. I don't want to call it a resolution, but maybe an affirmation to be more conscious of that idea. When I look back on my life, I want to see a gaggle of awesome learning experiences. And if I can play a part in some other people's learning experiences, all the better. Which makes me think that I'd better go to bed early tonight. I've got one more day left with my little bean before I go back to work, and I want to make it count.
-Mandy Robbins, Nonfiction Senior Editor