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A New Year: No Resolutions (Yet) and More Packing (Hopefully)

Happy new year, everyone! I hope your holiday celebrations were wonderful and everything you wanted them to be. Mine were crammed full of deadlines, as seems to be the norm for me at this time of the year, and when I add that on top of everything else that’s been going on in my life, it’s been quite a busy two weeks or so.

I’ve been so busy, in fact, I haven’t had any time at all to think about the new year. Normally at this time of the year I have all these fabulous ideas about new habits I want to incorporate or fun-sounding challenges I want to undertake. That hasn’t happened yet because I’ve been so busy, so I’m kind of postponing my end of the year thinking to somewhere around the third week of January, which is when my work deadlines start slowing down to a more gentle, manageable pace.

On top of the deadlines, and all the Christmas things one has to fit in at this time of the year, I’ve also been apartment hunting! My ex- and I have decided things would work out far, far better if we found our own individual places, but within the same apartment building.

At first, the plan was to find two units on the same floor. And while we did actually find two such units—and lovely units they were, too, as well as being only two doors apart—unfortunately we put in our offers too late. In the time between us deciding we wanted to put in our offers and our actually putting in the offers (between which basically fell Christmas Day and Boxing Day) a set of earlier, competing offers had come in. So we lost out on the units. Very unfortunate.

After this, it dawned on us how difficult it would be if we continued to confine ourselves only to units that were on the same floor. Not only would we have to actually find such units, but then we’d have to have both our offers accepted, and the fact that one offer would be conditional on the other would make things even more challenging.

So after some thinking things over, and further discussions with our son Dylan—after all, he’s the one who will be going back and forth between the units—the joint consensus is that two units in the same building would work just as well. A quick elevator ride between floors takes mere minutes, and the plan is for Dylan to be comfortable going back and forth whenever he likes.

Anyway, all this means there will be more packing in my near future! The rental market is fast-paced here in Toronto, with lots of units coming up for lease but also lots of units being leased every day, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed we’ll find new places soon. I’m looking forward to truly having my own space, and in many ways I feel like life is on hold until I move.

With all of this going on, you probably won’t be surprised I haven’t done much reading lately. Mostly I’ve been listening to BBC dramatizations of Agatha Christie mysteries while I’m working. They’re great in the background, and since I’ve read each of the novels being dramatized a zillion times or so, it’s like “comfort noise”, and really helps me get through my deadlines more quickly (or at least, that’s what it feels like!).

And then, in the hour or so between work and sleep, I’ve been finding myself watching episodes of Poirot on Netflix. It’s been interesting to see the novels transformed onto the small screen (truly small, as I watch them on my iPad). And while there’s the familiar comfort of plots and characters I know well, I am actually even more in love with the series sets. Poirot is set in the 20s, and to my surprise I am really enjoying all the architectural and design details, as well as the clothes and accessories.

So that’s my new year’s update. How did your new years go? What resolutions or new habits are you looking to incorporate into this bright and shiny new year?

{TSS} Bookish Bliss #5: The First Books of the Year

It’s a new year, and I’m finding I’m really excited about my reading. This is the first year I’ve ever set a reading goal. I’ve watched so many of you do it every year, but I never realized how motivating it can be to say to yourself, “this year, I’m going to read X number of books”!

In order to help me reach my goals, I’m armed with this fabulous books read tracking spreadsheet from Fyrefly’s Book Blog. It’s a great spreadsheet that looks like it will make all sorts of fun graphs for you at the end of the year as well. In addition, if you accumulate a number of years worth of stats, one of the sheets will also do yearly comparisons! I saved it to Google Drive, so I can access it at any time from any device.

Books I was already reading coming into the new year

I was already reading a few books when 2014 became 2015. One of these books has become my “first book finished in 2015″ although, of course, it wasn’t a “true” read-in-2015 book since I started it last year. But it still counts as a book I read in 2015, right?

168 Hours

168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think by Laura Vanderkam is the first book entered into my spreadsheet for this year. It was an enjoyable read, and it’s also prompted me to start a time log to see exactly where my hours are going. I was going to start tracking my time earlier this week, but it’s really been an unusual week (what with New Years being in the middle of it) so I’ve decided to start tracking beginning tomorrow.

I’m headed into a regular, deadline-jammed month this month, and I always feel like I’m spending all my time working. I have to find a way to carve out time for all the fun things I want to do (which, coincidentally, are also mostly my new year’s goals – I like the way that worked out!). So I’m hoping the time log will help me see where I have some extra hours that I need to put to better use (like reading).

I also entered the new year with a few other books:

Syllabus by Lynda Barry

I’m loving Syllabus by Lynda Barry: it’s been ideal for jumpstarting my creativity. One of the things I’m adopting from the book is her idea of the 4-minute Daily Diary. (Although, I did forget to do mine last night … I didn’t include journaling in my goals and it’s amazing how much easier it is to forget because of that!)

In this version of journaling, you maintain lists of your day: what you did, what you saw, and what you heard. And you also draw one thing from your list of what you saw. The whole point is to jot these down quickly, so you don’t sweat over your picture, either. Even though I’ve only been doing this for a few days, I find I’m far more observant as I go about my day-to-day, so when I sit down to do my Daily Diary I have things to include in my lists.

The Boundless

I’m also reading The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel with my son – it’s on his homeschool Battle of the Books list. It makes for an extremely exciting read-aloud book: the first chapter had SO many things happening! And each subsequent chapter has tons of action as well. There are steam trains, sasquatches and traveling circuses, a real bounty of stuff that should be a hit with most kids.

Books I’m picking as my first books of the new year

It’s also been exciting choosing  my “true” first books of the year, the ones I’m going to both start and finish in January. Part of the reason I’m choosing these books is because they’re library books, so I’d like to get them read before I have to return them.

land of laughs by jonathan carroll

I can’t remember how I ended up with The Land of Laughs by Jonathan Carroll in my library holds list, but it has an endorsement by Neil Gaiman on the back, so that’s good enough for me. From the book’s back cover:

Have you ever loved a magical book above all others? Have you ever wished the magic were real? Welcome to The Land of Laughs, a novel about how terrifying that would be.

The imaginary by a.f. harrold

Of course, I have to head into the new year with a middle grade read, too, right? My pick is The Imaginary by A.F. Harrold, illustrated by Emily Gravett. It’s about a little girl’s imaginary friend:

Nobody else can see Rudger – until the sinister Mr. Bunting arrives at Amanda’s door. Mr. Bunting hunts imaginaries. Rumour says that he eats them. And he’s sniffed out Rudger.

what did you eat yesterday by fumi yoshinaga

I also want to start the new year off with a graphic novel, too. For this, I chose What Did You Eat Yesterday? by Fumi Yoshinaga. It’s about food! I think I’m going to love this series.

Shiro Kakei, lawyer by day and gourmand by night, lives with his boyfriend, Kenji Yabuki, an outgoing salon stylist. While the pair navigate the personal and professional minefields of modern gay life, Kenji serves as enthusiastic taste-tester for Shiro’s wide and varied made-from-scratch meals.

making ideas happen

And finally, my nonfiction pick: Making Ideas Happen by Scott Belsky, the founder and CEO of Behance. I’m very much an ideas person – ideas come easily to me – but my sticking point is in the execution. Making Ideas Happen is about just that – bringing creative projects to completion. If there ever was a book that spoke my name, it’s this one, and it’s the perfect read to give my new year a great start.

So these are my first books for the new year. What about you? What books are you starting off the new year with?

Intentional

I’ve been thinking about my One Word for 2015 for a while now. Nothing really felt quite right.

The first word that came to mind was a really practical word: productive. And that seemed to fit a lot of the spheres of my life. For much of 2014 I felt unmotivated and unproductive, and I really want 2015 to be different.

But was “productive” really what I wanted to focus on for all of 2015? I mean, there are lots of lovely things about being productive, but there are parts of life where the word really is quite irrelevant. Some rather important parts of life.

So I thought about it a bit more. And I came up with “creative”. Not quite as practical, and much more fun.

Still didn’t quite hit the spot, though.

I wanted something special. Well, then, my mind said, how about “magical”? Or “being”?

Ooh! I liked those.

And yet …

The truth is, I don’t feel quite there yet. I’d love to have a magical year, but honestly? I’d be trying way too hard. Same with “being”. I know they’re where I want to be, but this year it’s really about the journey.

“Present” came closer. It’s what I want to be, fully present to the now. But what I feel in my heart is this year, I’m on a journey, I’m learning to be present. But I’m not quite there yet.

And then I hit on a word that I thought might do: practice.

I sat with that for a few days, sure it was the right word. Until I woke up and realized it wasn’t.

I know I WILL be practicing all this year. Practicing being present to the now. Practicing my writing. Practicing my art. But it’s not the word I want to focus on. I don’t want “practice” to define my year.

And then, this morning, I woke up and the word came to me.

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Intentional.

That’s how I want to approach this year. I want to be intentional with everything I do. Whether it’s the practice of presence, my writing, making art – I want to do so intentionally, with deliberate awareness.

Intentional feels good on day one of this new journey of mine. It feels right. It feels exactly where I am.

Did you pick one word to focus on for 2015?

{2015 Goals} Complete a 365-Day Project

I’d really like to complete a 365-day project in the new year and so, as usual, I’ve been diving into Google and searching a little obsessively for 365-day project ideas.

I actually scrolled through all the blog posts at the Make Something 365 & Unstuck blog looking for ideas. Noah Scalin is the author of 365: A Daily Creativity Journal, which contains prompts for doing a 365-day project. I don’t have this book, but I do have his other book, Unstuck: 52 Ways to Get (and Keep) Your Creativity Flowing at Home, at Work & in Your Studio (which I haven’t read yet, but it looks good).

365 Creativity Journal

 

The project ideas he features are interesting, but almost all of them are art or photography-related, and I’d like my 365-day project to be writing-related. I’ll probably be signing up for the 2015 Creative Every Day challenge, which is art-related, but my main focus for the year will be on my 365 day project.

I also read through most of the posts at Year of Creative Habits, where artist Crystal Moody posted daily drawings she made during her year of creative habits.

(I did mention I’ve been a little obsessive about this, right?)

I’m almost sure what my project will be – I just need to do the prep work to make sure I’m properly prepared for the long haul and don’t do a major fail (or at least, not immediately, like around January 15 or something!).

I don’t know exactly why I want to do a 365-day project, other than the whole commitment and intention thing I wrote about the other day. And I do like the idea of ending up with a body of work I wouldn’t have otherwise. And I guess, like my 365 days of blogging, I’m kind of testing myself, and my ability to be disciplined and stay committed.

But most of all, I’ve been thinking how much fun it will be!

Have you done a 365-day project in previous years? Are you planning on doing one this year?

A new year: commitment, intention and a little bit of preparation

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As we head into the new year, I’ve been finding myself approaching things very differently than I did in previous years. A lot of it has to do with my resolve to institute real change in my life. 2014 has been an interesting year for me. I lost myself several times during the year – especially over the summer months – and the process of having to find myself, over and over, as I recovered from a default mechanism of always reacting to things, was really exhausting.

Back in November, I came to the conclusion that things really had to change. And the only way things could change would be through me. I simply cannot keep doing the same thing over and over again and expect different results.

As a result, I decided to commit myself to 365 days of blogging back on December 1. It was a little like putting my big toe in the water, testing the temperature – only in this case, I was testing myself. Making that commitment, setting that intention, was huge for me. I’ve never been disciplined about things. Commitment to intentions requires discipline. It requires courage. It requires faith. While 2014 came with a lot of stuff I would rather not have gone through, somehow the end result has been this: I’ve found the discipline within me, I’ve found the courage, and yes, I’ve found the faith.

I’ve also come to the realization that a little bit of preparation goes a long way in terms of supporting commitment and intention. My decision to blog daily was a monumental one, given my previous blogging habits. But I really prepared, and while I haven’t yet reached the one month marker, I can say that daily blogging has been easy, not hard, not the challenge I’d anticipated. And I owe a lot of that to the preparation I did before hand.

I started posting my 2015 goals a few weeks ago, and I have several more to post. For much of my time off over the holidays, I’ve been thinking about these goals, about what I want the new year to bring. I have been having fun preparing myself to stay committed to my intentions, to be disciplined, to be courageous, to have the faith.

This coming year, I am choosing change. I will be doing things differently and yes, I expect different results. My dreams have been calling to me for years, and it’s time I started paying attention to them.

What about you? Are you finding yourself thinking about goals, about intentions, as the new year draws closer?

Stepping Out of the Comfort Zone

I have this funny feeling most of my posts this month will be about goals, intentions, resolutions – all those things you want to change in your life that suddenly start popping up with real frequency and intensity at the start of the new year.

I’m starting to see that, if I realize every single one of the numerous potential changes I’ve been playing around with, my entire life would be very very different. Different for the better, of course.

This hasn’t happened to me in past years, at least not with the same kind of intensity, but I do know why it’s happening now. It’s that old adage, if you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting what you’ve been getting. And never has this adage been so clear to me as it is right now, this moment – and frankly, in all the moments since 2014 started being a lot closer than “next year”.

This year I really have to get out of my comfort zone, mainly because it’s become more and more obvious that my comfort zone actually won’t be that comfortable for too much longer.

comfort zone

There are so many things on my want-to-do list that have nothing whatsoever to do with maintaining my current life as it is. (See how I’m still ambivalent? I can’t quite call it a “to-do” list, because that implies I actually intend to do these things.)

Partly, it’s because things in my current life are changing, especially in the work arena (well, okay, mostly in the work arena), and I have to adapt to these changes, and partly, it’s because the things I want to do have been things I’ve wanted to do for a very long while, but up until now, I couldn’t resist the safe feeling of the comfort zone.

It’s time to really shake things up. I feel daring right now, and all I have to do is keep feeling daring. It sounds so simple when I put it like that. “All I have to do is …”

A funny thing. I actually sat down to write a post about sticking to a blogging schedule, and it morphed into this.

(By the way, I really did step out of my comfort zone with this post. I created the Neale Donald Walsh picture quote  above, using PicMonkey. It wasn’t as hard as I’d been thinking it would be.)

What about you? Do any of your new year intentions or resolutions or goals take you out of your comfort zone?

2014: My Year of Reading

Happy New Year, everyone!

After a very hectic three months of deadlines, during which time I had absolutely no time to read, I am committed to making 2014 my year of reading.

I’m off to a good start. Ward and I spent New Year’s Eve moving furniture (I know, I know … but we did get a cute little “reading nook” as a result of our efforts); we finally finished at around 11 pm, and, exhausted, I sat myself down in my comfy reading spot in the living room, pulled out my Kobo reader and began reading Lee Child’s Never Go Back.

Never Go Back by Lee Child

Yes, that’s right. I welcomed in the new year with Jack Reacher!

I finished up Never Go Back on New Year’s Day, and was very happy to see an email notice from my library, telling me that the ebook version of Elizabeth George’s Just One Evil Act was ready for me.

Just One Evil Act by Elizabeth George

You know how you get into a reading mood, and you put a book down and immediately want to pick another one up? That was the feeling I had, probably one of the best bookish feelings ever.

I started reading Just One Evil Act, but didn’t manage to get too far before we had to go to my sister’s. I didn’t feel too badly, since the purpose of our New Year’s Day visit to my sister’s was to watch Pacific Rim, which I found to be a little cheesy, a whole lot of fun and extremely entertaining.

When we came back, I would have gone straight back to Just One Evil Act, but I had a deadline due on January 2, so I had to finish that first. When I finished, I had another hour or two before bedtime (or so I thought), so I started reading again.

As it turns out, I stayed up until 4:00 a.m., reading. The next day my body told me, you’re really getting too old to pull stunts like this.

I’m still working my way through Just One Evil Act (so nice to be back with Inspector Lynley and Sergeant Havers), but when that’s finished, I’m hoping to maintain my reading streak (an absolute must, if I want to make 2014 “My Year of Reading”). And it shouldn’t be too hard, because here are my first book arrivals of the new year!

Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Yes! The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion and The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. The Rosie Project has been on my to-read list for a while, and I’ve been hearing so many good things about The Goldfinch, so I splurged and bought both of these for myself (*cough* because self-care is another one of my new year intentions …).

I won’t be challenging myself to read any set number of books (reading challenges just never work that well for me), but I’d like to read a bit of something every day. And not just fiction (but that’s a whole other post!). Since it’s the new year which means I tend to feel particularly motivated and productive (really wish I could bottle all these feelings), I even created a new Pinterest board to help me keep track (let’s hope it works out better than the board I created for last year’s reading …).

What are your reading intentions for the new year?

A Bookish New Year

I’m late writing this New Year’s post, which is fine, I think, as I’m actually going to be postponing all my New Year goals and intentions until mid-January. So this post really isn’t late – in fact, it’s a bit early, given my timeline!

Why am I postponing the official intention-filled start of my new year? I’m awash in a sea of deadlines right now and it’s been really, really hectic here. I managed to squeeze in two days off for Christmas and Boxing Day, and also gave myself the gift of New Year’s day, so I’m really happy about that.

I’ve been missing reading other blogger’s posts about the new year; I always find this time of year so motivating as everyone outlines their goals, dreams and intentions.

But the good news is, I spent my New Year being very bookish indeed. No, I didn’t actually READ any books – with so many deadlines and an intimate knowledge of my own lack of discipline when it comes to reading, I knew how dangerous picking up a novel could be. And I have several on my stack right now that I’m just dying to get to.

No, that way lay madness (or at least, not-meeting-deadlines).

So I did the next best thing. I opened up Amazon and the Toronto Public Library site on Chrome and began checking out all the latest books out there, in all my areas of interest (I have a lot of those) and then began clipping like crazy to Evernote, which is where I keep my various book lists, including my “library” list. I use that list when I’m not as busy – it’s the best time for putting holds on not-so-new books that I’ve been wanting to read for a while.

Most of the books I looked at were non-fiction. I find that the New Year always puts me in a non-fiction frame of mind. It’s that time of the year when I decide, YES! I’m going to do it. I’m going to spend this year doing all the things that I want to do!

What it boiled down to was a very pleasurable evening looking at books about art, photography, writing, spirituality, journaling, homeschooling, food, travel, science, history, productivity and creativity.

I love the one-thing-leads-to-another nature of this kind of book browsing. And then there’s that lovely feeling that comes from discovering there’s so much to read and to learn out there. Not to mention the security of knowing I’m never going to be at a loss for something to read.

In addition, I stuffed the Kindle app on my iPad with sample chapters from a ton of books.

And I also found time to go to my library’s ebook section, where I added a ton of cookbooks to my wishlist. Plus some history non-fiction, a handful of science ones, and some interesting looking crafty-type books (their selection of artsy and crafty ebooks is on the slender side,  unfortunately).

Here’s a  small selection of the many, many books I ended up adding to my various wishlists, at the library and on Evernote:

letters of jrr tolkienThe Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien

professor and the madmanThe Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary

poisoner's handbook The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York

life below stairs

Life Below Stairs: True Lives of Edwardian Servants

artist's journal workshop

Artist’s Journal Workshop: Creating Your Life in Words and Pictures

creating time

Creating Time: Using Creativity to Reinvent the Clock and Reclaim Your Life

sound of a wild snail eating

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating

book lover's cookbook

The Book Lover’s Cookbook: Recipes Inspired by Celebrated Works of Literature, and the Passages That Feature Them

first we read then we write

First We Read, Then We Write: Emerson on the Creative Process

commonplace book

Commonplace Book, by E.M. Forster

There are a lot more titles on my wishlists; it’s been fun just going through my lists again, seeing what I’ve recorded. And I went on a min-book-buying splurge last weekend, in between deadlines. There’s a parcel filled with books headed my way right now.

Non-fiction, of course. Last year I didn’t read a lot of non-fiction. This year I’d like to balance fiction with non-fiction. But most of all, I want to devote a lot more time to reading!

So happy new year, everyone! Here’s to  a wonderful bookish year for all of you!

[TSS] Bookish Intentions for 2013

We’re into December, the month I generally start thinking about all the things I’d like to do in the coming new year. Looking back on the intentions I made for 2012, I see that I’ve had huge success with three of the four items that were on my priority list: meditation, writing and exercise.

The fourth item? Reading. And while I wouldn’t say, in the words of Dylan, my nine-year-old son, that it was an epic fail, I could have done better. I did have two or three truly spectacular reading months this year, but ever since my busy season began again, I’ve really let the reading slide.

So, since broadcasting my intentions for this year seemed to have worked for me, I thought I’d jot down my bookish intentions for 2013:

Always have at least one book in “currently reading” status.

Putting on my analytical hat, I can see that the periods during which I read hardly anything at all are times when I don’t have a book currently on the go. So logic tells me, if I’m always currently reading something, why, surely then, I will keep on reading. Right?!?

Read some of the books that have been sitting in my physical TBR for *cough* a little while now

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This is one of my physical TBR stacks (I think it enlarges if you click on it, so you can read some of the titles). It sits in the upper rack of my bedroom closet, and what you’re seeing is the front row of stacks. Yes, there is another set of three stacks in behind this front row. And yes, I’ve had some of these books in my possession for what seems eons.

While I love finding and reading new titles, I’d also like to start working on reducing these stacks (if just to get some of my closet space back!).

Document what I’ve been reading.

I have never been good about keeping track of what I’ve read. I was so thrilled when my old library upgraded its online system so that you could actually see the history of books borrowed. But the Toronto Library, which I love to bits because it has almost every single book I’ve added to my TBR list this year (very good for the pocket book, you know), sadly does not have this feature.

So I need to do it myself, manually. I could do it by writing reviews but I’ve tried that and it just isn’t me. I prefer blogging about what I’m reading, what I’ve read and what I want to read, filled with little bits of my opinion.  I’ve also had off and on success adding books to my to-read list at Goodreads and to my Pinterest boards (I have two, one for TBRs and one, which I’d “pinned” great hopes on, for books read in 2012).

Midway through the year, I even started a reading journal (of the handwritten variety). Made all of four entries in it, but I’ve reread those entries a few times, and each time I say to myself, What fun! Why did I stop?

So it will be probably be some combination of the handwritten reading journal and Goodreads/Pinterest.

Participate in at least one readalong.

Simply because seeing those readalong hashtags on Twitter is always so much fun, and I always want to dive in with a tweet, only not, you know, actually currently reading the book, it’s not really possible.  (And if you know of an interesting upcoming readalong, please do let me know in the comments!)

Sign up – and complete!! – at least one reading challenge.

Epic fail is truly a good word for my past experiences with reading challenges. But if I can manage to keep track of what I’ve been reading, I might sign up for the What’s in a Name reading challenge hosted at Beth Fish Reads. On Twitter, Kathy (@bermudaonion) and Candace  (@bethfishreads) were talking about about how they just check their list of books read, and almost always end up fulfilling the challenge requirements just by doing this. Kathy actually said it was like a puzzle, going through her books read list and checking the What’s in a Name categories. I like the sound of this!

So these are my bookish intentions for 2013. I’m not brave enough to set an actual number of books I’d like to read for the year, the way Memory does (and then she tracks every single one of them with a review!). And I do tend to go overboard when I decide to do something (unfortunately, the momentum dwindles after a little while) so I’m going to be on hyperalert not to sign up for a ton of reading challenges.

But it does feel good to just set out this handful of bookish intentions. I have a really good feeling about this!

Welcome, 2012!

Happy new year!(Photo credit)

Happy new year, everyone!

I can’t believe how excited I’m feeling about this new year. There’s an almost palpable, tangible energy in the air right now, a really good energy that’s lifting me right up there.

All this, despite another heavy deadline-filled week ahead of me. But after that, things shift back to normal – and that’s exciting, too!

2011 was quite an incredible year for me, filled with a lot of learning experiences. My good friend Jules wrote, about her Christmas, that everything was the same, but at the same time, so incredibly different – because she was different.

That’s the way I’m feeling today. I am different. And the experience of this new year is very different from past new years.

I’d never been one to make resolutions. The thought of goals used to make me cringe. Other than my work, I would have said “undisciplined” was one word that described me quite well. (I say, “other than my work”, because I am incredibly deadline-oriented, which means when it comes to my work, I have no option but to be disciplined!)

Somehow, all of that has evaporated. I’ve learned to let go of a good portion of my resistance to some of the things that worked as a barrier between me and my dreams in the past. Also, the old adage, “if you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting what you’re getting” keeps coming to me.

So this year? I’m letting go of “doing what I’ve been doing” and embracing doing things differently.

Goals for 2012

Yes, I have them! That, in and of itself, is well worth celebrating!

I finished creating my DIY planner the other day, complete with a customized-just-for-me planning system. And this system incorporates both daily goals, weekly goals, and project goals.

For someone who’s refused to set goals for so many years, this is a huge, huge change.

My daily goals? Read. Write. Create. Meditate. Exercise.

My regular weekly goals? So far, I only have a one. Experience life. It shouldn’t be that difficult, now that I’m living in Toronto. There’s so much to do around here!

And my new system lets me have flexible weekly goals, too.

I haven’t tackled my project list yet. I’m adapting the projects portion of Getting Things Done (GTD is an enticing system but it is way overkill for what I want in my life), so that’s one of my weekly goals this first week of the new year.

So yes, I’m all set! I’m welcoming 2012 with wide open arms.

What do you have planned for yourself in the new year? Do you like to set goals or make resolutions, or are you happiest when you just wing it?