This time of year is always sort of weird for me.  The Christmas Crescendo has almost faded out, and the New Year is bearing down upon us.  I gave up on resolutions years ago, because they seem to always be a setup for failure.  But still, I find myself feeling very reflective, and wanting to somehow change myself for the better.

Obviously, (at least to me) I need to spend more time in prayer and meditation.  I need to set aside more time for journaling, for sorting and organizing my cluttered thoughts. (Has anybody ever really looked at the title of this blog?)  And, for the first time in many years, I am really feeling like seeking out activities just for me. With only one child left to homeschool, I find myself with a lot more free time on my hands, and I really want to use it wisely.

So, I’ve come up with a few ideas that I really like.  I have already signed up for Polish Lessons with the Austin Polish Society.  I am very much looking forward to learning a bit of Polish and connecting with other Polish Americans who enjoy celebrating their Polish heritage.

I have also decided that I want to volunteer some time to the Texas Alliance for Life and the Gabriel Project at our Parish. Both of these groups affirm the holiness of life.  The Texas Alliance for Life is more political in nature, lobbying to pass legislation to protect the preborn.  The Gabriel Project more ‘hands on’, helping to support pregnant women spiritually and physically, by helping to provide for those needs.  If you’ve seen the signs that say “Pregnant? Need Help?”, then you’ve come across the Gabriel Project!

And last but not least, I am organizing a Yearbook Staff for our Catholic Homeschool Support Group, F.I.S.C.H.E.  I am very excited about being able to work with these teens, they are so enthusiastic!

The past decade was pretty tumultuous for our family, and frankly, I am glad to leave it behind!  I am looking forward to and feeling very positive about this new decade. I think that 2011 is going to be the best year yet!

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