Sometimes life moves crazy fast. One minute you’re gearing up for August vacation and the next it’s New Year’s Day and you realize you’ve already watched everything your trusted TV critic has ever recommended. My life is full! Full of television. That’s where I’ve been all your life. I basically started watching The Walking Dead like three years after everyone else did, and I had to fit that in between work and all the other amazing TV. Seriously, though, if you haven’t watched the BBC’s The Honourable Woman, do it RIGHT NOW. It’s on Netflix.
When you get back, we should talk about this blog and what it means and where it’s going. My mission statement for 2015 is thus:
I want to write something meaningful, with honesty and integrity, helping me connect to my (totally inexplicably loyal and patient) audience, and the wider community.
But before I start on my new content, it’s time to revisit last year’s resolutions:
- exercise more often and more effectively
This is the one area where I really smashed it. I’ll spare you the evangelism, but I heartily encourage you to try it. It took me a while to find something that worked, but once I did I got completely into it and now I actually think it’s fun!
- be grateful
The practice that I tried this year, apart from meditating, was coming up with three things that I’m grateful for each day. When I can remember to do it, it’s so damn rewarding, especially when I have a shitty day and I end up listing things like dental floss, gummy bears, and Vanderpump Rules.
- learn at least one new recipe each month
I don’t know if I had something new every month, but I’ve tried a lot of new vegan and vegetarian dishes. I’ll pass them on once I’ve perfected them!
- update the blog at least twice per month
Ha! Well, you know how that one turned out.
There are certain adult responsibilities and realities that make total honestly and transparency difficult at times, so I have to be mindful of what I say, and of the quality of work I want to put out there. I love the “THINK” acronym for social media – is it Truthful? Helpful? Inspiring? Necessary? Kind?
If so, I probably didn’t write it!
- talk less, listen more
This is something that comes up again and again, and each year I resolve to just listen to my friends when they’re having a hard time, rather than mothering them through the phone. It hasn’t worked. I’m still everyone’s bossy Mommy, dishing out my unsolicited advice and sending people self-help books as “gifts”.
- actively pursue creative and artistic forms of self-expression
I did well with this one, too, but I took my goddamn time, let me tell you! I heard a very inspiring interview with one of my she-roes, Amy Sedaris, in which she talked about how she always has to have a creative project of her own, in addition to whatever work she’s taken on. There is something deeply satisfying in having complete creative control.
- practice compassion, meditation, and mindfulness each day
Meditation was a big but not big enough part of my life this year. I think the most important thing that I’ve learned through my practice so far is that making time for it is just as important as the act itself — and just as difficult!
- get a little teeny tiny bit more organised/organized
This is what did *not* happen. The most I can say for myself is that I learned how to use the cloud drive.
I only have one resolution this year: patience.
My impatience is the one common factor in all behaviors that make me miserable. It’s my laziness, my negativity, my overly critical eye, my jealousy. So this year I resolve to be more patient. That is all — for now. I’ll be back next week to reflect on the past 30 years.