So. 2016. I recently found a list of 2015 resolutions and had a good laugh at it. And then a little cry.
Resolutions are tough. I love the idea of forming new habits, stopping old ones, but it’s tough. I think I read that only 17% of resolutions are kept. There’s a reason. They’re tough.
So I don’t have resolutions this year. I have plans. And plans change, are flexible, are forgiving. Plans can be cancelled, rescheduled. Plans are best case scenario in a worst-case-scenario-world.
Would I like to take a photo a day, or meditate every day? Sure. But that plan is a hard one. I’ve done the photo a day challenge, and unless it’s of my kid, I’m not going to be able to do it. (Actually, I do take a photo of Baby J almost every day, but it’s certainly not an attempt to become a better photographer.) But I do plan to do a different challenge each month, with a goal in mind for that month alone. I plan to take a photo a day for a month. I plan to meditate every day for a month. It’s 30 days. Each month is something new. And the end of each month is done. Or maybe it’s a new habit, who knows.
Would I like to lose ten (or more) pounds? Sure. But that’s not my resolution. I have plans to do a different “30 day” exercise agenda each month. “30 Days to a firmer butt.” “30 Day Plank Challenge.” Etc. I don’t really expect to have a firmer butt (or abs or arms), but my goal is to be stronger month by month. My plan for 2016 is to be stronger.
Would I like to write every day? Sure. But I know that goal is difficult. So I want to plan to do morning pages every day. I also plan to write a short story a month. My goal is to enjoy writing again, rather than slogging through.
So here are my plans for the year:
- Start a podcast
- 30 Day Challenge each month
- 30 Day Fitness Challenge each month
- Move back to the US
- Work on “finding myself”
- Use a bullet journal as a planner
- Send birthday cards
- Get my email cleaned out and organized
- Read 16 Books
- Do Morning Pages
- Write a short story a month
- Join a writing group
- Be more e-social
- Go to a writing conference
- Print up some photo books from the last four years
What are your plans for the year?