Happy 2011 dear readers! Like most of you, I’ve been thinking about what my goals for the year are going to be. I’m not really a list maker, but I am a fan of setting goals that excite and make you happy. I don’t want to get to the end of the year and beat myself up for not accomplishing something, so I encourage everyone to set some fun goals that you’ll feel good about and want to do, instead of forcing yourself into something because you wrote it down somewhere.
Here are my goals for 2011:
1. Get Thee to England!
I. Love. England. I’m a self-proclaimed, unabashed Anglophile. I studied Shakespeare pretty intensely in college, which led me to pursue a Master’s degree in British Literature. I watch BBC America religiously, my favorite bands are from England and I just can’t resist a movie or documentary that involves the British Isles. I honestly feel that if I walked down the streets of London, it would feel like home. I’m obsessed with England, but guess what? I’ve never been there! That ends this year. I’ve been dreaming of this trip for ages and I can’t wait to start planning it. England, here I come!
2. Words, Words, Words
I walk around with a moleskin notebook in my purse at all times. I jot down ideas for the blog, or for the different stories that I have going on at any given time. Because I’ve got so many projects going on at once, I rarely have time to focus on one or even a few of them at a time. I would love to make some serious headway on a few stories that have been incubating for a while. It would be one of the greatest accomplishments of my life to finally have one of my stories completed (either as a screenplay, novel or graphic novel), instead of it being in treatment form, or in stacks of notebooks on my desk.
3. Add a Splash of Color
This one is for both my fashion sense and my decorating sense. Most of my wardrobe is in grays and blacks. They are great bases for any wardrobe, but I’m feeling the need to add some pieces of color so my wardrobe isn’t bordering on monochrome. I have a feeling that some bright scarves, earrings, cuffs/bangles and shoes are going to be added to my wardrobe this year.
As far as my decorating is concerned, I’m feeling the need to completely revamp my room. I would love to paint the walls again, get a new duvet and hang some art (my walls are currently bare). It’s time to do some serious cleaning and organizing!
4. Walk On…Or Run
I’m a runner and love running in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park on the weekends (and summer evenings). I’ve tried running in crowds, and it’s not really my bag, but I would love to get out and run in the various neighborhoods of The City. I think I’ll even jump into Zoe (my MINI Cooper…remember, I love England), head north to wine country, and run for a bit one weekend.
I also have started walking to the store. It’s a great way to exercise, and if you can manage to do it, it cuts down on shopping for things that you don’t need, since you’re aware of the fact that you have to walk home once you’ve purchased everything. I know this isn’t ideal for people that have families, but I’ve really enjoyed doing what I’ve called my “one bag shopping.” It does mean that I probably have to go to the store twice a week, instead of once, but I love being outdoors and it’s another way to get out and move.
5. Be fearless
Last year, a friend of mine asked me, “what would your life look like if you were fearless?” Talk about a gauntlet being thrown! What a loaded question! But, it’s one that I come back to again and again when I’m dealing with life and the trials that it brings. I’ve had a lot of personal and professional change over the last three years and while there have certainly been times when I have wanted to crawl back into bed, pull the covers over my head and wait for the crisis/drama to pass, I pushed on and weathered the storm as best I could. I think one of the gifts that I have received from this process has been to not let the fear get the best of me. Get out there and live your life fully and challenge yourself by asking the same question my friend asked of me not so long ago. What would your life look like if you were fearless? I know it’s a daunting prospect, but start small. Baby steps. Work your way up. You’ll hit a point where you can look back and see how far you’ve come. You can do it!
Whatever you decide to do for yourself this year, I wish you all the best for a prosperous and adventurous 2011!
Until next week (and my next obsession)!
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