I have a feeling that 2013 will be busy, too, and so I'm going to keep focusing on seeking balance in my life. However, I'm picking a new word of the year, too, and it is:
Not so much meaning "a gift," although I think there is a real connection between being present and realizing that what you have in that particular moment or place is, well, a gift.
Type-A personalities like myself tend to have a problem with spending too much time focusing on what will be happening in two minutes, two hours, two days or weeks or even years and not today. It's hard to be mindful and it's hard to focus on each day when you're anticipating what tomorrow might bring. (I am guessing this is especially true of writers and debut authors.) But I've found that whenever I've actually gotten myself to do that--spend some time in the here and now--it's deeply satisfying.
Do you struggle with mindfulness or staying in the present? If you're good at it, what are your strategies?
And what's your word for the new year?