New Year’s Resolutions don’t scare me. I’ve been making them and breaking them for years and I think I am the better for it. I try to make my resolutions rather open ended with no specific numbers or dates so failure just sort of slips by quite easily. Mainly, for me, the point of it all is a sort of taking stock. I think just pondering appropriate resolutions is a helpful process, bringing things to the front of your mind and cutting into our regular denial a bit.
In the last year I have instituted several changes in my way of getting through life, most of which are going quite well. So it seemed to me I that I had done enough pondering of my failings already. Besides, by the time one gets to my age, it’s pretty much the same failings year after year.
Last year, my daughter made a general resolution to finish projects – some just ‘on the list’ and others started but languishing. I thought I needed some sort of general resolution or theme for 2011 that I could work at all year and yet still set goals, preferably something creative.
The answer came quickly and easily: 2011 – The Year of the Book. I’m still looking for a title that doesn’t sound so corny, but it wasn’t difficult to set a list of goals. The list includes organizing, finishing, learning, using up, and more. It does not include reading them, reviewing them, or talking about authors – that will just carry on as usual. Since I am having so much fun with this blog, it seemed appropriate to set up a separate site to publish my goals and also follow my progress.
|Pages from a finished book of leaves|
|Pages from a 'nearly' finished travel Journal from 2007|
|Pages from another 'nearly' finished travel journal from 2010|
And so, my first goal is to set up the new site. I’ll let you know as soon as it is ready to go. If you can think of a cleverer name for this project, please let me know.