The beginning of a new year. A blank page. An empty canvas. Every time we crack open a new calendar we’re getting the opportunity to start over. The other day I said I don’t make resolutions, I set goals. I do, but this year I went one more step.
I spent a lot of time in December thinking about where I was in my life and where I wanted to be. Sadly, those places are nowhere close together. It’s ok, I have no interest in wallowing in self pity, instead I’m viewing the realization as a jumping off point.
Along with my goals for the year, I’ve created a personal manifesto for 2013. First, I thought about what I wanted to do this year and I came up with three words – create, grow, live. The create part is easy, jump in, open my mind, and let the creative juices flow. Whether it’s on paper, a blank document, endless yards of yarn, or another medium, I just need to jump in and do it.
Grow. Live. Those sound easy enough, but for me notsomuch. I have always worried about disappointing those I love or failing to live up to their expectations somehow. That fear has held me back and kept me from doing a million things I’ve wanted to do. Is that bad? Maybe, maybe not. Who knows where some of my more impetuous decisions would have led me. Maybe every choice I’ve made has been the right one.
This year, I plan on facing my fears, worrying less, and not settling. This is my manifesto for 2013….