Unravelling the Year Ahead

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7/14/17 || It’s a good week

Cat with book in grass

This was definitely a highlight of my week.

It’s the weekend! To celebrate that, and my tentative (semi-regular?) return to this space, here’s good things from this week.

  • I’ve written before about the desire to be untethered, but also rooted deeply in a place. This appeals to the former, and brings attention to nomad women, rather than the usual tech bros in Bali or Chiang Mai.
  • I’ve been reading Sarah von Bargen’s blog since forever (or 2010ish?), and she’s always got good tips that actually feel accessible. These are the habits she’s cultivated that support her business and creativity.
  • A quick search revealed that I already linked to Joan Didion’s piece, “On Self-Respect.” But it was back in 2012, and I think we could all use a reminder of how brilliant she is. Has anyone read South and West yet? I’m hoping to get my paws on it soon.
  • A local photographer in Lancaster took the photo that is the prompt for this microfiction contest! Entries are due by July 21st.
  • I’ve mentioned Susannah Conway’s Unravelling the Year Ahead before. Chad and I go through it together around every New Year. She just released a companion, a mid-year check in workbook. I’ll be going through it soon, hopefully this week.
  • Bonus: I spent almost all of last weekend sprawled on a blanket in our yard, reading with the cats. It was glorious.

How’s your week been?

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2014 To Do List: Resolutions vs. Goals

Hand-dyed indigo yarn in Flagstaff, AZI pretty much ascribe to the school of thought that resolutions are generally whack. The things I want to do more of (or less of) each year tend to be pretty much the same. More creating, experimenting, traveling, friend hangs, etc. Our Unravelling the Year Ahead experience is pretty great for mapping out your year in broad strokes, and I tend to stay pretty vague even when there’s space to get specific.

So in addition to the broad sweeping adjectives I chose for 2014, I decided to make a to-do list as well. The list had two rules: Each item has to be realistically attainable and actually measurable. No vague words. No “do more yoga” or “read more books.” Each item is a quantifiable task. I hope that sharing them here is a good way to apply some healthy pressure to for me to make a plan to complete each of them.

2014 To-Do List:

  • speak at an event
  • record an EP with Chad
  • get published (in a periodical, online, in print, self-published, and/or ebook all count)
  • learn JavaScript & feel comfortable and confident using both it and jQuery
  • build another Rails app
  • find a house or apartment that feels like a more permanent living situation
  • read at least a book a month

Some of these are pretty lofty, but with some planning they should be reasonably attainable over the next twelve months. Do you make resolutions or goals? What are your plans for the year?