Well here it is - 2017.
I won't do the "New Year, New Me" thing... but here it is.
I DO have some tiny little personal goals for this new year. Not remarkable or lofty in any way.
Just small, simple baby steps really. (I've learned recovery is like that...)
The gist of my resolutions (if one could even call them that) is to be more true to myself.
And part of my being authentic is to be more accepting of what I create, and to do something at least a little creative every day. I used to do this without a second thought - but life can throw you a curve, and if you're not ready it will smack you square in the face and knock you to the ground. Hard. (Sorry for the baseball analogy - but it likely won't be the last...)
It has taken me far too long to get back up - and when I've tried, I'm like Bambi on new legs. It all feels unsure and wobbly. I'm so wildly different from the person I used to be - so I'm never sure how to jump back into life. It'll come, but I think
the only way to keep myself to my own word is to make it a DAILY thing.....
A few times a week is too easy to manipulate, get behind, rearrange, make excuses, etc.
But every day? Well - there is no rearranging to be done & no room for delay.
Here's my humble list (to be sure - I am not saving the world. And guess what? I'm fine with that.)
1. Take a photograph every day.
2. Write for myself at least once per week.
3. Read more.
4. Yoga or run every day.
5. Reduce gluten from my diet as much as possible, and eliminate sugar completely. (Well - mostly completely;) )
6. Travel more (okay - I realize that is not every day... but I can dream about traveling or work on a plan every day!)
For the third one I set my 2017 reading challenge on the site Goodreads.com (Do you know this site? Are you a member? It's like Facebook for bibliophiles & it's brilliant. If you're there - lets connect! If you're not - run there now and sign up. You won't regret it. I love to hear what other people think of different books, follow authors, and get great recommendations. I receive an update if I'm falling behind on my goal, and it is also a great way to keep track of the books that I want to read - but always seem to forget the titles of when I am at the library or bookstore.
As far as writing/blogging - that will be interesting. I can say that if I do at least one entry or article per week - then the pressure is off for each and every one to be novel-worthy. I can let myself off the hook a little. I guess we will see where it takes itself - that is the thing about writing a blog... they eventually take on an identity on their own. The hard part is I will have to be a little real, raw & honest. What's the point if I'm not? I used to have a long-running blog and it felt so easy to put myself out there. That changed so much these last 5 years. I digress.... It will be what it will be. Should you choose to stick with us - well I'd be delighted. :).