This has been an interesting year. A lot of little changes and adjustments and some milestones too.
The biggest changes? Hard to pick a single favourite, but the two biggest ones are:
- I’m writing again—regularly.
- My body is no longer a source of daily pain.
It’s amazing the difference that those two things can make in every other area of my life. It took some work to get there here, but I’m loving the trickle-down effects at the moment.
I’m not exactly one for “habits”—more a series of obsessions that string together, and often cycle around. Let’s be honest, I’ve been listening to Hozier’s album on repeat for about 6 weeks now. And I’m still not sick of it. My point? The things we really love hold an infinite capacity for providing joy.
I have been doing the “taking stock” thing I do every year around this time, and trying to get a sense of what I want more (or less) of in the coming year.
Here are the gems I’ve gleaned from various sources, and will attempt to carry into the new year.
1. A “Secular Sabbath” One day a week that is on the calendar as a day of rest. Nothing booked, just downtime that can be spent on whatever catches my fancy at the time.
2. Don’t hold back. Do what is fun and interesting in the moment. Capitalize on energy and ideas as they come, and don’t file them away for later. Once that stopper is out, the ideas tend to come in a flood.
3. Explore creativity in a variety of mediums. I love fabric and textures and wood and buttons and tastes. Make real, actual things as well as creating in a digital world.
4. Challenge the comfort zone. Do at least one thing each week that I’m not comfortable doing.
What will you be focusing on for the upcoming year?