At the beginning of the year I love to write down all the wonderful things I want to try to accomplish. Some of those things are new and some of them are projects that I want to finally complete.
I also choose a word to focus on each year. About 6 years ago I chose Joy. Every year since I have tried to focus on a new word, but I always come back to Joy. This year it is - you guessed it - Joy!
But back to what I was saying...
I try to come up with at least 52 things I want to do over the course of the year - but often come up with even more (I really want to do it all..) I do not always get all of those things done - in fact, rarely do I ever get all 52 things on the list accomplished...but some years I come pretty darn close!
In past years I've kept a list in a notebook, or written on a big piece of paper and hung it in my art room where I could look at it every day. I love to take a colored marker and mark off each one as I do it - I'm a major list-maker and there is nothing more satisfying to me than making a
strike through something I've completed on my list!
This year is no different - my current list is up to 89 delicious things (and I keep adding to it)! I am currently keeping the list in my little journal book. I'm in my book every day so it is easy for me to see the list and think about what I want to try next.
The idea is not to just cross things off my list (but, oh how I love to cross them off!) It is to make an intentional effort to live a full life, try new things, and hopefully get at least some of my projects finished before 2014.
My intention in the upcoming year is to try one new-to-me thing or choose one of the projects I want to complete each week and then blog about it. This is, after all, my memoir. I want to record the things I create, tried, finished and even the things I failed at.
There are many "Project 52" challenges going on around the web - all of them are good fun! Most of them have a kind of theme: 52 photos, 52 new things, etc. My Project 52 is pretty much tailored to me and I look forward to working on something each week and sharing it here on my blog every Friday.
Even if I don't complete all of the delicious things I want to do, it is more than I would have done if I did not live intentionally thinking about and attempting to do these things.
This week I am completing a bathroom project. I began it some time ago and then never really finished it. This weekend it will be done and I will finally mark it off my list for good!
I would love to know what your plans are for the year - please share and if you blog about it, leave a link where I can visit and read all about it!