Happy New Year!! I hope you all had wonderful New Years Eve celebrations.
I spent my night at home in bed with Nurse Little One close by. I came down with the flu the night before and was feeling a lot better on NYE, but I still had no energy and wasn’t up for much. I spent the day reading and watching TV. That’s also why this post is up later than usual today. I was going to work on it yesterday, but that would have involved more effort than I had energy for.
But, I’m happy to be working on it now and to share my word and goals for 2016!
I’m actually planning to prepare another sign with my word for the year so that I can put it on display in my room. But I wanted to put my word and goals in my planner as well, so I wrote everything down on cards and put them in. It’s the first thing after the cover, so they’ll be easy to find if I need the reminders.
As you can see, my word for the year is ruminate, which means to think deeply about something. To be honest, I wasn’t sure I wanted to use this word when it first came to mind, because it didn’t seem active enough. I’m supposed to think about things? What about doing things? But it’s the word that kept coming to mind and finally I decided that it made sense. I don’t think I necessarily thought through the things that I attempted to do well enough last year. I’d jump into a writing project without any sort of outline. I wanted to get things done quickly instead of investing time. So this year, I want to think things through a bit more and then do them. I think I’ll be more successful in the things that I want to do once I’ve thought them through, because I’ll be more prepared.
I also came up with some goals for the year. Last year my goals were specific, numerous and ambitious. They also included a lot of things that I’ve thought, “It would be fun to do that.” But they weren’t things I was passionate about. They were things I wanted to do just for the sake of doing them.
So, my goals are a bit more general this year and I’ve broken them down into two categories: creative and personal.
- WRITE. Fiction & poetry. (Yes, I want to focus on poetry again this year! I love it and I’ve missed it.)
- ART. Experiment. Fail. Succeed. (Because there will be both.)
- READ. 80 books.
- BE INTENTIONAL. In reading, writing & art.
- BE PRESENT. Take breaks from work and creative pursuits to experience life and the little moments.
- PRIORITIZE SELF-CARE. Sleep. Move. Relax.
Like I said, this is much different than last year’s goals, but I think they give me the freedom and flexibility to be more productive this year. They also highlight what is most important to me. I want 2016 to be a year filled with creativity, both the projects that I’m working on and taking in creativity from others. Two of my favorite quotes are:
Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.” Pablo Picasso
If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” Stephen King
I want these ideas to help guide my year.
So, this is what I hope my 2016 will look like. Creative. Intentional. Thought out.