I love new years. No. Not New Year’s Eve, but the new calendar, new year, new start. As a confident traveler on the road to hell, my new years are traditionally paved with good intentions, and with a nod to my favorite seasonal holiday songwriter, Robbie Burns, my plans often go astray (or a-gley, if you are a purist).
But Twenty-15 has started out in a different way. The last two weeks have been the best holiday break in my memory. Many good things have set the stage for a truly Happy New Year and as a career list-maker, I cannot help but make a to-do list and doodle around the edges, daydreaming about what 2015 will bring.
Part of the fun of the new calendar is looking back at what happened in the old year. How are we different – how are we the same? How are we better – and worse? What makes us happy – or sad? A little Monday morning quarterbacking comes into play. What would I have done differently last year? Can I make those changes this year?
Is it too late to change? Old dog adages notwithstanding, I don’t think so. Two of my friends (Susan and Kim) and I have gotten bicycles. And we are riding them. I got my bike a week ago tomorrow and have ridden just shy of 30 miles. My goal is 100 miles a month. I set it high – and if I cannot do that in January, I will readjust. It’s not mixed martial arts or Cross Fit boot camp, but it is a start. And I have already moved my body further in a week than I did in all of 2014. We are using http://runkeeper.com/home to record our efforts.
In 1942, Woody Guthrie wrote a list of his goals in his Moleskine. You have probably seen his list. Good goals. I think I will borrow several of them for my To Do list.
A good list for anyone — in any year, and if it was good enough for Woody, I think I can live (better) with some of these goals. Someone on Facebook shared this “action item” list, and I sort of liked it too. Not too ambitious… I think it bears consideration.
And finally, I am going to write more. And submit more projects for publishing. This blog is simply an exercise… a place to start. Before real life gets in the way, I am going to sign up for this WP Blogging 101. I have shared it with my writing buddy, Janice. Maybe we will get things rolling with this. https://dailypost.wordpress.com/courses/blogging-101-zero-to-hero/
I have committed to 280 Daily for a while. That is 280 characters per day – a private online journal- memory jogger. https://280daily.com Good thing 280 daily is not public – sometimes it is just cryptic notes. No one else would be too interested in those.
Dang. This is starting to sound suspiciously like a list of resolutions. But the difference is that I am not committing to major changes. I am just going to try to do a few things that I meant to do in 2014 and never got around to. Baby steps. I do well with deadlines and lists and if I give myself some deadlines, I just might complete some of these things.
I have heard that if you do something for 28 days, it starts to become a habit. So tomorrow- January 5, I am going to try some new habits and routines. I will shoot for one week. And then one more week. And then one more week – and I will see how it goes. I may write these ideas down later. Because if I do, I feel more accountable!
Strategic planning. Mission Statement. We have all come to loathe those phrases. But I get it on a basic level. What is my mission? What is my plan?
Maybe my plan is to define my mission. That is a lofty goal…
Wish me luck.