PLANNING. I will spend some time deciding what I want in my life in 2019. Do I need to take all the courses I sign up for or can I simply sign up for one or two? Do I always need to have a project or ten on the go or can I get the same joy from doing less? What do I want to invite in my life and what do I want to reject? How will I show up next year? It’s time to get clear on my intentions.
READING. I’ve been told that in order to be a good writer you have to be a good reader. I’ve been so focused on self-help, neuroscience and woo over the past five years that I haven’t taken the time to read what I want to write – which is (elevated) women’s commercial fiction, à la Alice Hoffman, Liane Moriarty and Sarah Addison Allen. I have more than a few piles of to-be-read books to get me started.
WORD. This will be my eleventh time choosing a guiding word for my year. At least I know I can stick with something! Last year was “Be” and it taught me a lot of lessons I needed to learn. Right now I’m leaning toward the word SLOW. I need more slow in my life. I need to give myself permission to observe and be more mindful of everything and every one around me. I fell completely in love with Charleston and I want to keep the feeling of that place with me through the year.
GET AWAY. I find the holidays overwhelming. The only way for this time of year to be low-key and quiet is to escape to other parts of the world. It really removes the noise of daily distractions and provides an opportunity for to focus on the things that are important. I plan to be fully present and enjoy time with my family over the holiday season.
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Here’s the accountability piece:
I’m still deciding on whether or not to start a whole new novel (I have a few ideas) or write a story a day for 30 days and see what comes up. No matter what, I have 30-days of intense and focused writing ahead. It was intense! I wrote more scenes from my novel-in-progress as well as a number of assignments for my Continuing Studies course at UofT. I missed my goal of 60,000 words by half – though I do have a solid 30,000 words I didn’t have in October. Onward!
The darkness descends and for the next few months I plan to embrace all the good things that come with it: find some new comfort food recipes, binge watch series new to me, buy some funky outfits, maybe even a tasty after dinner or afternoon by the fireplace drink. I’m open to stay open to whatever opportunities arise. (Last winter and spring I did my best to get out of the house and engage, it was exhausting!) It’s incredible how gloomy it gets around here at 3:30 in the afternoon. I’ve purchased a couple of cookbooks (Cravings: Hungry for More and The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen) and have flagged a number of recipes to try in the coming weeks; not new to me but the second season of The Marvelous Mrs Maisel is now available to watch and I’m excited to see the 10 new episodes; cranberry juice with Prosecco with a few frozen cranberries looks delightful in my new champagne glasses and I’m looking forward to enjoying some hot buttered rum using my new mix from Epicure.
SCARVES AND OTHER ITEMS:
I’m hoping to source some complementary items to go with my photography offering on the upcoming site. My plan is to start with some scarves then maybe branch into other items, but what? That’s the goal, figure it out. And then the hard part, source it! Any input is welcome! I did receive a first order and have decided on the material I want to use (a cotton/silk blend). Now to send out to a few vendors to see which sizes, prices and quality best suits my standards. It’s all a process! I hope to have them all available for sale in February. Stay tuned!
For a few months I used efresh meals and really liked them. Technical difficulties and travel got in the way so I stopped. I’m going check them out and start again. I did check them out, but timing is not good. Perhaps again in January when it’s just me here at home through the end of May.