Happy New Year, everyone! Woohoo for 2014! 🙂
Late to the World Domination party, as always, eh? 😉 I was working 30th/31st, and not the quiet few days I’d hoped for, so less opportunity for the thinking and planning yet. Still… bring it on! 🙂
As with others in the group, I’m less keen on strict long-term goals, and more on the slow steady progress – it works better for me, I think: for instance, I lost half a stone since October (and probably put half of it back on at my folks’ over xmas, oops!) and this is the first time I’ve even mentioned it anywhere let alone had any grand plan! I guess I need these successes to be small and quiet and unpressured? Things that don’t end up feeling like huge oppressing workloads, especially when so many of my aims for this year are fun!
For instance: make more use of my cinema card – I always enjoy it more than a movie on the sofa, so go go go! Helps that I work a 10 minute walk away from the cinema now, so on the way home trips work very well, and I have a new cinema buddy in the form of a girl from my writing group. There’s another: weekly write in meets, and for actual writing not just gabbing LOL! I don’t mind what I write – reviews (been way too long!), blog posts (would be great to be more regular about these) and of course fiction – there will be another NaNo from me in November, if not one of the summer challenges 🙂
I have other creative aims for the year, too. I want this to be the year when I finally stop saying I’m going to and actually make a start – not perfect, not brilliant, but doing! Card making is a biggy – I have a birthday card I want to do this weekend, for instance, and I want to both explore/improve/use my stash (and find events to give them – so please, send my your addresses and birthdays!) and be more organised – no last-minute December rush this year, please! So maybe one Christmas card a month, starting now? 🙂
Then the usual: my fingernails have suffered a few breaks lately, so now – right now – is a good time to pick up that guitar. And art! Ooh, but I want this to be the year I finally get back to drawing (painting can wait for now). And on the other side of the coin, I love that I work in IT now, and I’m learning massive amounts, but it’d still be good to do some coding on my own, learn more, and maybe get that website building on the go? 🙂
Phew. Overload, as ever! So it’s going to be really important that I work on my energy levels – so: early nights, prioritising sleep over stoopid computer stuff; start building up the exercise levels – I’ve found a relatively inexpensive, on-the-way-home gym, and am aiming to join in late spring, with plenty of improvement seek-able ahead of that (walking, yoga, wii); and eating healthily – looking forward to experimenting with some new recipes. On the mental side, there’s meditation and reprioritising my time – single tasking, relaxing away from the computer (yes, I like the silly farm game but it’s not important!), stopping much earlier in the evening and having clear down time. Making space for the silly-but-wanna things like not having eight series’ worth of want-to-watch tv shows backed up (tv viewing should not feel as pressurised as mine sometimes does!) and meeting my Goodreads goal (come and join me! I’m calypte there, too) of reading 65 books this year 🙂
All in all, then, it’s a realignment and refocusing – but in a slow, softly-softly kind of an approach. I have a few support things in mind:
Books – unsurprising, given my love of reading, but for support I’m thinking of (re) starting with The Joy Diet (maybe doing one ‘menu item’ per month, really bedding it in) – which starts with 10 minutes of doing nothing (meditation!) – and my own take on The Happiness Project (in which January is for energy, which I mentioned above – more in another post!). Later I might finally finish 4 Day Win, implement some of the tasks in Refuse to Choose (the scanner bible), and maybe even start on The Artist’s Way!
2-Minute Habits – mentioned scanners there, and I totally am: I want to do everything and too often end up paralysed by choice or disheartened by how bad I’d be at anything I’m not focused on more. So, this is a ‘touch base’ kind of an approach: it’s not about being good (yet), just about doing – everything, as I feel like it, even just for a couple of minutes. Little and often. It’s about reconnecting with my passions – see all the creative stuff mentioned above 🙂
Menu Planning – as mentioned by Dahlia, it does help to be organised! Need to trawl some recipes for healthy and tasty new things to try, too.
Journals – I love all the photos of (Moose’s) journals and how they get used. I’ve picked out a couple of nice-ish but inexpensive (and thus not daunting to use as a start!) notebooks. I’m not 100% sure how to make them work for me yet, so all tips welcome! And of course, there’s our shiny new 2014 Ruler of the Universe books… 🙂