Princess Leia is Dead!

I’ve had just about enough of 2016.

From the beginning of this year, life has been one large learning curve, and I’m tired. We’ve lost so many icons this year, and Carrie Fisher will be missed.

On to 2017.

Right about this time of the year, many people are thinking about resolutions and things they hope to accomplish during the year. And, most often, we settle for dashed hopes.

Resolutions are not my thing.

The next thing that we look at are goals; setting them and, being willing, able with the stars aligned, we achieve that which we set out to do.

Goals and I have a love/hate relationship.

“Goals that are not written down are just wishes.” Fitzhugh Dodson

Did you feel anxiety reading that last sentence?

I did.

I believe we need wishes, intentions, and, yes, even goals. The trick to these is not taking ourselves too seriously.

When setting goals, often the SMART method to goal setting is recommended. SMART means:

Specific
Measurable
Achievable
Realistic
and
Timely

This set of guidelines is fantastic if a person can remain focused and dedicated.

I am not that person.

I have a tendency to “wing it” which is probably not the best idea. In the past couple of years, I’ve picked a word for the year. Enough, my 2016 word, appeared to be an invitation to the universe to see what it could throw at me.

Choosing a word hasn’t come easily to me, so I believe I am going to forgo making that decision. The only thought that comes to mind is the expansion that comes with hope and growth. I’m not willing to stake the entire next year on this though as the universe tends to have its own thoughts as to how things should go and what lessons I need to learn.

What I am willing to do, however, is set some intentions. And, only a few so I don’t get overwhelmed.

  • I will live an intentional life looking for invitations and not interruptions.
  • I will write and grow in my craft and business.
  • I will take care of myself spiritually, socially, emotionally, cognitively and physically.
  • I will be open to love and connection.

As I look at my list, I wonder if I am setting myself up for failure and then I remember:

“I never fail, either I win, or I learn.”

 

As we say goodbye to 2016, Princess Leia and so many others, we must say out loud:

 

Bring it on, 2017, bring it on!

Oh, Darling What if You Fly

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I’ve been on hiatus for the past couple of months. Hiatus from this blog but not from writing and creating. Having made some grand plans, which didn’t come to fruition, I humbly come before you with a confession.

 

I have some bad habits, as most people do. Perhaps you can relate.

One of my bad habits, or perhaps this is part of my resistance, is that when I am confronted with something new, the first thing I do is “research.” I put the word in quotes because this type of research often means that I spend a few (or more) days focused on the subject, finding all kinds of information, even signing up for classes, before I begin to ruminate over my thoughts.

I do learn a lot of things. However, there is a problem with this behavior.

The thing, whatever I am working on, often doesn’t get done.

I reach a point where I have to stop myself and say “just do.” Learning takes place on so many levels, research and education are only one part of this process.

This blog fell victim to my habit of falling into “learning mode” and letting the ruminating thoughts create fear and resistance.

The good news is I have been making baby steps with both my thoughts and writing.

As life doesn’t offer many guarantees, neither do I when it comes to reaching my goal of weekly posts. I intend to accomplish many things in the coming months. I will do my best because this is what I believe will work.

I intend to publish a weekly blog post.

I intend to continue working on my blog to bring my readers the most helpful information I can.

I intend to continue my fiction writing, including participating in NaNoWriMo 2016.

I intend to continue to work on my craft, through reading, writing, and connections.

I have a few other things in the works to provide even more helpful services as creating in a vacuum can be difficult. Please stay tuned for the changes and updates. It will be well worth it.

Needing to take a break is one thing, milking it for all its worth is another. Sometimes you just have to close your eyes and jump. I am reminded of the following quote:

“What if I fall? Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?” By Erin Hanson

Playing it safe by staying in research and education mode, won’t get me where I want to be. Nor will it be helpful to anyone else.

So, here I go, flying once again, ready to learn the lessons I need to learn. I hope you will join me on this journey.