... the New Year and what it might bring for me and my partner. There are new job possibilities, maybe adding a new family member (I mean, who knows, but it's in our minds!), friends getting married and places we want to travel to, and our home to tend to. I love the end-of-the-year-time, and am really feeling the pull this particular end-of-year to write, to journal, to look back at last year, and to think to the year ahead. To set some intentions. To cull out what is no longer serving me.
...choosing a "one little word" to use as a guide in 2017. (But not signing up for another class or course to investigate it -- just doing my own thing with it.) I have been jotting down ideas for what that word might be, and once I settle on one, I'll share it here.
...what blogging means to me now. I started blogging in 2002 - that's sixteen years ago! Holy cats. I've blogged for so many different purposes (personal, business, travel, community, exposure, practice, joy, to name a few), and now I'm at a point where I am asking myself, "why do I blog?" There are some good reasons to do it (the excitement of sharing, it's a great creative medium, the joy and power of connecting with people around the world) and good reasons not to (privacy being the main one). I've been an obscure blogger and I've been a well-known blogger. Both have their pros and cons. I'm still mulling this one. But I think, judging on the fact that I came to a Draft Post box to write out my thoughts, that I'm still a fan. Just figuring out what I want to do with blogging now.
...and, related to that, what this space online means to me now. I'm also mulling over making this URL host a personal blog again, and dismantling the business (such as it is; I work full-time at my job so this business hasn't really bloomed - or, I should say, I haven't had the time and energy to help it bloom, to tend to it). Part of me feels afraid to do this, like it means I'm giving up. But another part of me is excited about it. And it feels like that's what I should follow.
...the question, "If you could only be excellent at one thing, what would it be?" My creative partner Emily Rankin and I were talking yesterday about the future of our Creative Soul Weekend retreat. It's a weekend by the sea for creative women that we have been organizing and running these last two years. Right now we're doing some deep-diving, some inward-work on it: Asking ourselves questions about why we do it, and where it's going, to then guide us for this coming year and the next few years. So this was one of the questions we asked ourselves. It comes from the book Essentialism, a book I'm very drawn to and try to apply to my life. And it's a toughie, because I (we?) want to be able to say we're good at lots of things. We want to be useful in many ways. But this question gets to the heart of Essentializing your life. If you could only go all-in on one thing, what would it be?
(Still working on that.)
Leave a comment if you like... I'm still old-school like that. I'd love to hear your thoughts and connect.