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A New Year – New Chances to Make Different Choices

On this New Year’s Day 2016 I’ve spent a good chunk of time thinking about what I want to achieve this year. Not resolutions, because I never keep those, but goals. What are my intentions for the 365 days that will make up this part of my life?

I haven’t got all the intentions figured out, yet, but I know one of them. I am going to spend time, every day in 2016, writing. It may be posts on this blog, or part of my new project – 365 Tiny Thoughts, or it may be focused on the novel I am writing. I have let distractions keep me from the page in 2015, and years prior, but I will never reach my goals if I continue to do that.  I must make the choice between what I “should” do and what I “must” do – and it’s time to choose “must” for myself.

This is going to be a challenge for me this year. And I expect that there will be days that I won’t want to choose. Days when I will want to be lazy. Or when I’m too tired or frustrated to choose myself and my goals. I am making plans to maintain my motivation and even more important, get myself moving when I wander off the path.

Today is a good start to becoming the person that I want to be. The person that I know I can be. And I’m going to take that momentum and get back to determining my goals for 2016.

Until next time, my fearless travel companions, enjoy the magic and wonder that appears in your day.

 

Inspiration of Lists

This week has been filled with an overwhelming number of details, challenges, joys, and irritations. As I try to weed out the junk and focus on this post things keep popping back into my mind’s eye. Normally I enjoy the tangents that my mind explores but sometimes it’s just too much to keep up with. That’s when I find myself making lists. Lots and lots of lists.

Now, if you aren’t a list maker this may not make any sense but something about getting the words, ideas, images, and feelings out of my head and onto the page just makes my day flow smoother. I’ve made lists for everything under the sun at one point or another. Most of the lists are shuffled to the side and recycled the next day or the next week. But some of the common themes and messages from my Creative Genie appear often enough that I can’t help but notice.

For some people making a list and then not being able to check the items off the list as completed is a lesson insanity but for me, lists are a guide. A treasure map if you will. They give me a starting place on the adventure that my day will be. If things aren’t going the way I want them to, I just choose another item on the list to complete. And with that choice my whole day changes.

I have also learned that something’s I put on my list not because I want to do them but because I feel like I “should” do them. As I was reminded from reading Elle Luna’s book the decision of what I must do and what I should do is mine. So my list is now a place where I can weed out the “shoulds” or decide if it’s truly something I want to pursue. And as with all things, my needs, dreams, desires, and musts continue to change. It’s a struggle, sometimes, to accept those changes and let go of things that used to bring me joy, but I’m infinitely happier when I do.

What sorts of lists do you write? I have lists of writing prompts that I love and lists of one’s I’ve never used. I have lists of places I dream of going and books I want to read. I have lists of family members and lists of the paint colors that are on my walls. I have lists of character traits, character names, and stories I plan to write. And I have lists of movies I’ve enjoyed, songs I can’t get out of my head, and people who inspire me. I have To Do lists for this hour, tomorrow, this month, and this year. Hell, I have To Do lists that will never be complete. I have all these lists and if I sat here I could come up with many more, but that is not my point.

So what is my point? That lists are only as good as the action behind them. For some of us they are excellent organizing tools but the list should not be the end result. Remembering to take the next step, the leap off the cliff into the unknown, is where I sometimes get stuck. But this is my life. And the only one I’m going to get. So making the decision and taking the next step is what I am focusing on.

Taking action and making a change is what led me back to this blog. It’s given me a new outlook on my life and a new way of looking at how I intend to reach my goals. For a while now I’ve been drifting, letting other people choose my direction, and a simple list written on the back of a napkin at lunch gave me a new perspective. And the energy to take the leap.

So tonight, I’m going to dust off some of my old journals and take a look at the lists I wrote when I was younger. I know that I have not achieved everything I thought I would, yet, but I also know that what I want has changed. Looking at the bones of my old dreams will give me a chance to revisit those feelings. Embrace those emotions. Celebrate how far I’ve come. And plan for tomorrow’s adventure!

Until next time, my fearless travel companions, enjoy the magic and wonder that appears in your day.

Turning Over a New Leaf

Today is a new day. Cliché I know but it’s how I feel. I’m taking control of my life, my emotions, and my journey. I have lived my life making decisions based on what I thought others wanted. Sometimes based on what I wanted and sometimes against my better judgment. Those decisions have made me the woman I am today and I’m grateful for them. Not to say that I don’t sometimes wonder what my life would have been if I’d chosen differently…but I can’t go back. So no regrets and no pity parties, just open eyes, dreams to chase, and a positive attitude.

I just recently finished reading a fabulous book by Elle Luna called The Crossroads of Should and Must . This book inspired  to revisit my blog, which had been sadly abandoned for more than 2 years. I had reached a point where I didn’t believe that I had anything to say. Nothing to share. The creative well was dry and I had no idea how to refill it. I wish I  say that everything was better now, but that’s not accurate. Life happens and sometimes it’s tragic. When those tragedies strike we can either hide and wish that it would all go away. Or we can acknowledge how we feel, embrace the suckiness of whatever has occurred and keep moving. I’ve done both and although sometimes it feels like I’m marching in place rather than dancing forward, at least I’m moving. Right?

Anyway, back to the book. It’s wonderful! Not only is it a quick read, if you want it to be, but it’s also thought-provoking. By the time I’d finished reading it I had pages of notes and comments written in the margins as well. I highly recommend that if you haven’t had a chance to read book that pick up a copy. The basic idea is that we often do what think we “should” instead of what our heart and soul say we “must”. There are many reasons that we do this and I’m guilty of most of them, but the great thing is, we return to this crossroads many times.

Those crossroads brought me back to my blog. I made a different choice when I stood before the sign this time and turned in a new direction. I’m inviting all of you on this journey with me. I don’t know where it will take me. Or what I find there tomorrow but it will be an adventure. I’m hopeful that I will find to make “who I am and what I do” one and the same.

If you want more information  Elle Luna’s book check out her video.

Until next time, my fearless travel companions, enjoy the magic and wonder that appears in your day.

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