Hello, 2018… Goodbye, 2017

When beginning a new undertaking, there’s something in my internal wiring that likes beginning at the start (which is a very good place to.¹) What I mean is, this new “beginning,” for me, is best started on a clean slate – a Tabula Rasa – the first of the month, the beginning of a new year, the start of a new week… by which, I mean a Sunday. (I just can’t wrap my mind around the agendas that start on Mondays, even though it does make sense to me. Sorta.)

And, here we are again, at the beginning of a New Year. Funny how that happens.

So I’ve been noodling around, as I wrote yesterday, thinking about what I want to accomplish this year, next year, in my life. What are my “goals,”  my “resolutions”? You know, the usual rigamarole that happens at the beginning of the year. (And I’m clearly not the only one, as a quick google search will tell you.)

“This year, is going to be different!” I declare. Ok. So I say this every year, but at some point something’s gotta change, right? Keep trying enough new (to me) stuff, and something’s gotta stick, right? Right? That’s the working theory at least. The only way to prove this theory is to continue trying stuff until something works. Unless insanity appeals to one.

If I go back to my sporadic attempts at journaling, I find a disturbing preponderance of lists. Apparently, I am a consummate list-maker.  However, I would like to evolve into a consummate task-accomplisher. But HOW? Therein lies the rub.

If it were as easy as Nike’s slogan, “Just Do It,” what would there be to write about? And what the heck’s that mean, anyway… “Just do it.” Do what? What the heck is “IT”? And that’s part of the whole problem. What is it? What do I want to do? What do I want to accomplish this year? In three? In five? Does anyone else have problems figuring out what they want to accomplish? How have you overcome that… or have you?

In all my thinking, pondering, mulling, & noodling about what I want my 2018 to look like, I’ve decided there will be no “goals” or “resolutions” for me. At least not this year, this year I’ve got my word, and I’ll have my “MISSIONS.” “Missions” just make it sound more fun.

I’m not married to any of my mission ideas at present, but here’s 10 things off the cuff…

  1. Exercise more.
  2. Touch my toes.
  3. Eat better.
  4. Create recipe file.
  5. Learn brush lettering.
  6. Learn Illustrator.
  7. Declutter my space.
  8. Organize my space.
  9. Organize my life.
  10. Blog.

It’s a start.

¹ Nod to Maria.

♫ Talk about a Resolution… ♫

I know that I want to start (yet another) blog this year for 2018, but I always seem to struggle with what I want to write about. There are (always) lots (and lots and lots) of Ideas running about in my brain, but I am just not happy with the ideas that I’m coming up with. None of them feel right.

In my first post, I talked about how I suck at keeping New Year’s Resolutions. So this year I have decided that I am not going to make any. Sure, I have things I want to do (who doesn’t?), and things that I should do, and quite simply just stuff to do, but I ain’t gonna “Make a Resolution”. It’s just depressing when they get broken. And so very un-motivating.

I’ve toyed with choosing a ‘Word of the Year’. This certainly isn’t a new idea, which I’ve done in the past. Christine Kane had a “Word of the Year” Discovery Tool on her site, and although I didn’t use it to find my Word, something she wrote resonated with me.

Resolutions are fine, but they are often motivated by ‘shoulds.’ As such, they remain trapped in the ‘Should Realm’ — in our heads.

Should-a, would-a, could-a.

The whole day can be filled with ‘shoulds’. I ‘should’ exercise more. I ‘should’ get more sleep. I ‘should’ clean out the pantry. I ‘should’ brush my teeth everyday. (Okay, I do brush my teeth everyday, but you get the idea.)

‘Shoulds’. They’re exhausting! Why would I want to pick one as a Resolution? A ‘should’ that would be staring me in the face all year. And laughing.

‘Xactly.
I wouldn’t.

So, after a great deal of pondering, followed by some thinking, and then even more mulling, I found a word that fits. A word that encapsulates all that I want to do and accomplish this year. And it’s the same word as last year. And the year before that. (And probably before that…)

My Word.

‘What’s the word,’ you ask?

ORDER.

It will be mine.
Oh, yes.
It will.

In the beginning…again

Hi. My name is Kathy and I’m a procrastinator. It’s nice to meet you.

As I was contemplating what my New Year’s Resolutions were going to be this year, I realized this:

I never maintain my Resolutions.

So many people have all these great ideas of what they want to do, want to get done, want to get accomplished in the New Year. And I’m one. Come January first, we’re gung-ho, full of vim and vigor (whatever that means) to turn over a new page, start something new, and full of good intentions.

And, as I said, this includes me.

Somehow, at the end of the year, more often than not, in the final analysis of what I’ve accomplished, achieved, or completed with said Resolutions, the sum total remains Zero. Zilch. Nada. Nothing.

It’s pretty depressing.

This year I am, once again, and like nearly every other year, determined to take action. Do something proactive. GET SOMETHING DONE.

And, incidentally, be able to account for how I’ve spent my 2018.

There’s two days left to think about, plan, and process what I want my 2018 to look like…so off to the drawing board.