The new year began a few days ago, but I delayed crafting resolutions.  Instead, I spent time with my step grandchildren encouraging their creativity and geeking out with Lord of the Rings and StarWars marathons; exercising my sprained ankle by walking the dogs; working culinary magic in the kitchen; photographing the wild beauty all around me; and reading books.  I broke down and turned on the heat in the house in advance of the first hard frost of the winter.

#Ztylus more frost!

I worked, too, but balanced the work with spending time with the grands.

Kiddos went home last night, so I read late into the evening to finish Stephen King‘s “Revival“.  My mind was so jazzed, sleep felt far off, so I started Rene Denfeld’s “The Enchanted“.  I also set a reading goal on GoodReads: 30 books in 2015.  If I finish “The Enchanted” tomorrow, as I suspect I will, I’ll be two full books in this new year toward the goal.  I’m also reading “The Game of Kings” by Dorothy Dunnett, but this first in a series of books called the Lymond Chronicles will probably take me a bit more than a weekend to finish.

And, of course, the goal setting made me think that maybe I ought to set some other realistic goals for the new year.  So, as I wait for the northern California sunshine to warm the morning before I take the dogs out for a walk, I set my mind to the task of crafting resolutions.

In 2015, I will:

  1. Read at least 30 books.
  2. Write:
    1. Post at least one blog entry each week.
    2. Resume Morning Pages daily journalling.
    3. Begin revising one NaNoWriMo draft novel – perhaps the first one.
    4. Write another novel in November 2015 NaNoWriMo.
  3. Move more:
    1. Walk at least 10,000 steps each day.
    2. As soon as my ankle will support it, get back to Zumba and Pilates at the gym.
  4. Take a photograph each day and post in a 2015 Project365 Flickr album.
  5. Treat myself to at least one Artist Date a month.

Accomplishing these resolutions requires a balance between work and my personal life, but I feel I’m ready for the challenge.

It’s time to focus on all the bright possibilities of 2015.  Happy new year!


Rich in Possibility

I spent a good deal of 2013 trying to get my bearings, figure out who I want to be when I grow up (an oft asked question of one of my favorite professors and mentor), and find my happy.

Where 2013 proved a year of reflection and rediscovery, I believe 2014 is rich in possibility.  The challenge for me is to open myself to the possibilities.

My natural tendency is caution.  Over the years, I gave perhaps too much weight to this cautious nature – making decisions that, on the surface, seemed safe but lead to plenty of “what ifs”.  I shared my interests and passions – the things that really define me – with very few close friends and family for fear of how others might judge me.

2013 reiterated the lesson that life is short and precious.  While I’m not quite prepared to eschew caution in its entirety, I believe I am open to the adventures life offers me.  Maybe I’m at an age where I no longer care if others think me lame or strange.  The people I want in my life accept my eccentricities, embrace my weirdness, enjoy my wicked wit and warped sense of humor.  To be happy, I know I need to pursue my interests and passions without fear of judgement.

The time for living is now, not tomorrow or next week.  I am in control of the decisions I make and while I cannot always control the things that happen, I entirely control my responses.  I choose joy.  I choose possibility.