January 8, 2013

New Year's(ish) Resolutions

I'm not a big believer in the Tao of the New Year's Resolution.  Resolutions in and of themselves are not a terrible thing, and I sincerely believe that trying  to be the best version of ourselves is always a good idea.  I just think that can happen any time of the year... make a May 17th or Oct 21st resolution... because there is nothing magical about setting a goal on a specific day of the year.

But I can certainly understand why the beginning of a new year can feel like a clean slate and a good time to start making some positive changes.  And, in that spirit, I have decided to participate.

This is what I have come up with:

1. Make art.  
As much as I can. Every day if I can manage it. I need to do this because it makes me happy.  Because every time I write a story or take a photo I really like, I feel like I could slow strut across a rainbow.  It gives me purpose.

2. Drink more water.
Apparently I should be drinking half of my weight in ounces of water everyday.  There are days when I drink nothing but coffee.  That is atrocious and disgusting.  I'm going to work on this.

3. Cocoon.
Sometimes the best decision you can make is to focus on taking care of yourself first and having faith that the rest will take care of itself in its own good time.  This one is about having patience... something I struggle with constantly. I also need to do some intense hyperballading.

4. Do things that terrify me.
A thing I've learned in the past year is that the more something makes me nervous and uncomfortable, the more I absolutely need to do it.  So I need to keep making myself terrified.

And that's it.  I think it's going to be a good year.


6 comments:

  1. These are lovely resolutions! I love the make art! You should draw yourself slow strutting on a rainbow and hang it in your workspace :)

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    1. I can't draw. I know a lot of people say that, but I really can't. I can however figure out another way to depict this particular emotion. Definitely gonna give it a go!

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  2. I like your list. And I love your new profile pic--you in a football helmet holding a Cabbage Patch doll is hilarious. We should all be doing stuff that makes us feel like slow strutting across a rainbow--that is a great line!

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    1. It's the greatest photo ever taken of me.

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  3. Slow strut across a rainbow. I love that.

    Resolutions bother me mainly because I fail at them so frequently. I have terrible will-power and self control. And if there's one thing a person should have control over is themselves.

    I love that you want to do more things that terrify you. A couple of years I went on vacation alone, to Los Angeles. Knowing no one there and having a phone that barely worked and staying in a motel where I had to hide my valuables in a hole in the box spring of the bed and sleep with the table pushed against the door and a knife I bought at the target there on the night stand. Hi-Way Host Motel- scariest place I've ever been. After that I decided to do things that were scary but not quite THAT scary!

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    1. I totally want to take a trip by myself... it's on my to-do list.

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