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January 4, 2012

Welcome to our new Virginia Association for Play Therapy blog! 

The VAPTPLAY blog will appear two times a month and feature contributions from our chapter chairs, members, and guests. Let me know if you are interested in authoring a 300 to 500 word topical post.

Many of us have composed resolutions to begin 2012. Our resolutions may have been boldly announced to family and friends or just thoughtfully considered in the form of a private “note to self.” Popular resolutions are to spend more time with family and friends, lose weight, get better organized, and learn something new. While resolutions tend to have a bad reputation they have hopeful, aspirational qualities and are simply goals we have for ourselves. Resolutions are more successful when they are SMART, viz., meaning that they are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Rewarding, and Time-limited.  So instead of saying, “I resolve to have more play in my life,” you might state “I will dance in my living room to 3 fun and inspirational songs every Sunday and Wednesday” or “I will skip to my car in the morning” or “I will subscribe to Writer’s Almanac list serve” or “I will have tea with ____ the first Friday of each month.”

Or, this seasonal favorite, “I will attend the VAPT Winter Workshop to learn and play with my VAPT friends and colleagues!”
(Go to http://vapt.cisat.jmu.edu/winterconference12/ and accomplish the registration for this great resolution right now!)

Resolutions are more likely to be accomplished when they are stated positively and emphasize what you will gain or add, rather than focused on what you will stop, quit, or lose. Sharing your goals with people that will offer encouragement and support to help you stay the course adds to the equation for success. 

Of course, resolutions can always be amended, as the picture of New Year’s Resolutions for 2011 shows!

What are your playful resolutions for 2012?