Currently, I have so many thoughts drifting through my mind, that I’m finding it hard to concentrate on one at a time. I was going to write a post about my ambitions (goals, or resolutions) for the new year but I feel like there are so many and they are all so varied that I need to be thematic in describing them. I think I need to do one post per theme, but organization has never been a strong point in my writing. I tend to be all over the place.
I also don’t want to just talk about them. I want them to come to fruition. Recently I saw a pin on pinterest that read something like “Usually if you talk about doing it, you don’t actually do it.” It’s an over generalization and not true for everyone, but it shook me a little, because it can definitely be true for me.
Last year, my goal for 2011 was to grow my creativity, and the process to achieve this was that I was going to create one thing a day, every day, for the entire year. It was a ridiculous resolution (for me), that had its heart in the right place. It lasted a little over a month. And while I definitely failed at the process I had laid out, I think I did achieve the heart of the resolution. I have tapped into my creativity in the last year more than in the past. Do I think I’ve unearthed all of it? No. Do I think it’s possible to ever achieve full creative potential? I hope not, because I hope that creativity is an unending resource we all have residing within us. So, I hope to continue to grow my creative muscle in 2012, and every year.
I also resolved to read two new books a month at the beginning of 2011. Well I didn’t do that. I haven’t really read anything new since October or November. However, I almost achieved my goal of 24 books for 2011. I was only five books short of my goal. All things considered, nineteen books isn’t too shabby, considering everything else I did this year.
In conclusion, 2011 wasn’t a bad year for keeping resolutions, but I
have a feeling hope 2012 is going to be my year. If I can concentrate on one thing at a time, (a big IF), I plan on sharing a little bit about what I’d like to do in 2012, thematically one post at a time, over the next week or so. I didn’t end up choosing a word, but I did make a sort of bucket list, that I may or may not share.
Did you make resolutions or goals for 2012? Do you think resolutions are stupid? Are you bad at keeping them? Or do you instead choose to focus on a word for the year? And do you have a bucket list? What’s on it?
By the way, this is my 100th post. Just thought I’d note it here, because my WordPress is dashboard is making a really big deal about it.