Letting Go of 2007

| December 30, 2007 | 2 Comments

Va: You are one of the most driven people I know.
Me: Thanks. … But I am actually disappointed that I didn’t do more when I was younger before I was married or had kids. Chalk it up to finding myself, I guess.
Va: A lot of people would disagree with you on that.

A good friend and I had that conversation this week . . . I made an offhanded, but serious, comment about being a millionaire by 30 and needing my book to hurry up and come out. I know I am harder on myself than anyone else is on me, but I have very high expectations of myself. I have a lot of goals.

This past year has been a whirlwind. It seems like just yesterday I was in Miami, enjoying the sights, tastes and sounds and taking in my first-ever professional football game in the rain (how awesome is it to have the Super Bowl be my first?!?). In the months that followed, I signed to write a cookbook, got pregnant, wrote that cookbook, my office moved, my son turned two, I learned how to save and had that baby. As far as I am concerned, 2007 went way too fast and I didn’t get a chance to stop and enjoy it enough. The holidays — St. Patrick’s Day, Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas — all flew by in one great big blur. And summer was over before I realized.

I’ve been thinking a lot about this post and how to say what it is I want to say best. When I sit down to write it, it just doesn’t seem to come out right. So, I am going to say it in the simplest way possible and hope it makes sense to everyone else.

The New Year is more of a symbolic thing than an actual change. Still, it gives us a chance to let go of all the things that annoyed us, pissed us off and hurt us. It’s a chance to start over with a fresh, unburdened outlook on life and to be a better person. So, that is exactly what I will be doing this New Year. I am letting go of the past and forging ahead with a renewed drive to tackle my goals and live every day to its fullest. If there is anything we can learn from all the death and destruction around us, it’s that life is too short to get caught up on things that don’t matter. And it’s too short to keep yourself surrounded by people who don’t bring any value to your life . . .

So, I am starting 2008 surrounded by people who are important to me with a clear conscience and a happy heart. I hope you do the same.

Coincidentally, have I ever told you about my 100 Things list? It’s a list of things — goals really — that I want to achieve in my lifetime. Unfortunately, although I started the list a few years ago, I have only checked one off so far . . . This is the year to tick away more though. Forgive me for the poorly worded entries.

100 Things
(I want to do)

  1. Walk down the red carpet at a movie premiere
  2. Be a best selling author
  3. Publish an adult novel
  4. Publish a children’s novel
  5. Publish non-fiction
  6. Write a recurring column
  7. Appear on the Today Show
  8. Be recognized
  9. Visit Mayan pyramids
  10. See Italy’s countryside
  11. Eat sushi in Japan
  12. Buy a home in Manhattan
  13. Live in London, England
  14. See Africa
  15. Get my PhD
  16. Get an MFA in Creative Writing
  17. Go to J-school at Columbia
  18. Teach a writing class
  19. Be a professor
  20. Give a commencement address
  21. Sit on a Board of Trustees
  22. Buy a bigger house
  23. Pay for my children’s college education
  24. Be a millionaire
  25. Invest in real estate
  26. Take a road trip with friends
  27. Have lunch with Anna Quindlin
  28. Have a clean house
  29. Learn how to keep a clean house
  30. Be in a movie
  31. Make a difference
  32. Be known
  33. Write a cookbook
  34. Be published in a consumer magazine
  35. Help others
  36. Move back to New York
  37. Have my own cooking show
  38. Sit on the other side of the interviewing table (as in get interviewed myself)
  39. Be an editor – Accomplished Sept. 2006
  40. Have a successful freelance career
  41. Learn to enjoy wine
  42. …………………..to be continued

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Sarah Walker Caron is a freelance writer, editor and recipe developer. Her work has appeared in countless online and print publications including iVillage, BELLA NYC Magazine, Yum for Kids magazine and more. She lives in Connecticut with her two kids, two beagles and husband.

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  1. I completely agree – you do not give yourself enough credit! I am often amazed how you handle your job, kids, married life and STILL have time to update your many blogs frequently! It’s certainly impressive. Maybe you should think about writing a time management book? You’re certainly good at it!

    I’m inspired, I think I’m gonna start up a list myself. It’s in my head..but I think it helps to have it written out on “paper.”

    Happy New Year!!

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