Looking back, looking forward.


Wait, it’s almost the end of January already? And I haven’t even had a chance to take a moment and reflect on 2012? Well, that’s not true… I did spend two weeks relaxing, eating, traveling and hanging out over the Christmas holidays. But I haven’t had a chance to get all bloggy about it. So, you may be sick of everybody doing recaps of their year, but well, you’ll have to put up with one more.

Normally, I am all over lists of goals and achievements. For about 5-7 years, we made a habit of spending some time over the holidays to draw up a list of goals for the coming year, and review goals from the previous year. Often these were professional or personal goals – I’ve included major job changes and moving to different cities on these lists.

But this year, I don’t have any kind of desire to make the sort of detailed list I would have made in the past. Why? Well, I have a few theories, but it boils down to this: 1) I feel like I’m already working towards where I want to be, professionally and personally, so there are no major changes needed, and 2) I don’t want to get so caught up in overly ambitious goal-making that is not in tune with reality.

That said, I do have a few “themes” for this year (just like last year):

#1. Make the making a habit.

Last year, I decided that my theme for 2012 would be “making, fearlessly”. That’s totally still valid for 2013. In fact, this might just be a life theme. This year though, I’d like to try and change my habits to support it. If I can take 15-30 minutes every day to write something down, take some photos, or make a small step on a project, I’ll be happy. To do this, I’m trying to focus on small to-do lists that have manageable tasks that can be accomplished every day. And when I say “making”, I mean lots of things – writing, cooking, building, designing, sketching.

#2. Read daily.

In 2012, something amazing happened – I started reading again. As in, books on paper. I don’t know how exactly I stopped but for years reading became a very minor part of my life. I’ve started reading again on a semi-regular basis and it feels amazing. I used to be an insane, voracious reader and it is really one of my true pleasures. It also helps me relax (unlike you guys, iPhone and MacBook!). So I’d like to keep making time for this.

#3. Remember what’s important.

Sleep, peace of mind, family and friends are what’s important to me. So that means I move forward with projects slowly, and that I don’t blog very often. My personal to-do lists are out of date. But for now anyway, that’s fine, and I don’t want to have guilt about it. What’s important is that I’m moving forward, living according to my own standards and focusing on what’s important to me. This also means prioritizing time spent with family and friends, time spent writing thoughtful emails, time spent with Pierre.

#4. Trust my instincts, and don’t fear the fail.

Trust the weird and wacky ideas. We naturally get more risk-averse as we get older. It helps to exercise that “take a chance” muscle!

Do you have any themes or goals for this year?


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  1. January 30, 2013 | 2:28 pm |

    I like this list! I think if I sat down and made a list it would be very similar to this. I am especially fond of #4. I really should start reading daily too, everything is so quickly absorbed and forgotten in the day-to-day, and reading would be such a good way to take a sec and slow-yer-roll. I was never a huge reader but I have always enjoyed it.

  2. February 9, 2013 | 8:50 am |

    I love this list. I would also add “Let go of what does not serve me.” That ranges from decluttering my closets to attitudes that block my creativity or productivity. Let’s see how well we can all embrace our lists!

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