New Year Changes.
Instead of waiting until January 1st to make my ‘New Year Resolutions’ I am making plans to implement some changes in my behaviour/life right now! Why? Because I can and because I need to…
Take writing – something I love to do –for example. Over the last few months I have made many excuses as to why, ‘I can’t write’, or why I haven’t written as much as I want to.
Excuse no 1 – Time: this is completely in my control but I choose to do other things on a writing day – go shopping, pop and see someone, spend time cooking, take Martha for a decent walk etc. etc. Today is a planned writing day and I am going to use it as such.
Excuse no 2 – Lack of inspiration: again, in my control and simple to rectify. I take photo’s of ‘things’ that inspire me in my daily life – such as a door in cornflower blue with chips and scratches, which could open up a whole new story if I bothered to look at the photo’s in my phone. I’ve been asked to write a short story for an anthology so I will do so today for sure.
Excuse no 3 – I can’t write unless: ‘I have a tidy space’,’ I have enough room’,’ I have peace’,’ I’m in the mood’. Absolute poppycock; whilst travelling I wrote in the caravan (no space, very little room to spread out, and sometimes no peace so I used headphones to block out noise). Whilst studying for my degree we were travelling Europe so time to write assignments was tight to say the least, plus after a long day travelling I often wasn’t in the mood, but I had deadlines and I did it!
Another change is that I am actually starting to ‘plan’ in regards to my personal life. Before ‘retiring’ from a paid career (read ‘being made redundant’… and then deciding I would only ever work for myself again) my work life was planned to the nth degree – meetings here there and everywhere, travelling thousands of miles etc – which I detested. For the last five and a half years I have enjoyed being (mainly) spontaneous. However, realising that this often means I don’t meet my own needs (such as sitting and writing for a whole day) I am going to plan in certain personal activities and then stick to the plan.
Note: I have meetings and work days for my ‘other work’ (I support/train teams of direct sellers on a consultancy basis) planned for the whole of 2019 so if I can do this for business surely I can do it for pleasure?
So…can I make these changes? Yup.
Will I stick to them? As much as I can.
After all, life is for living and as much as I want to be more in control of my life I know that on occasion I’ll fall off the wagon!
Are you wanting to change anything for 2019? I would love to know!
New Year Changes.