The New Year is here……2013! It’s like a fresh canvas to paint on. Everyone is talking about their resolutions. I gave up on the resolution thing years ago. Making resolutions year after year and then never keeping them can get depressing. It can lead to disappointment and self-loathing so instead I just make a practical “Things To Do” list and hope I have the strength and fortitude to cross them all off the list in the next 12 months. The list contains some very practical things like creating a new raised bed in the garden and putting in some blueberry bushes and cherry bushes in the berry patch. And it contains a few hopeful behavior modification items like trying to vacuum on a daily basis and lose 5 pounds a month. I think that making a list of very practical items and easily attainable goals that I can actually “cross” off will give me more incentive and keep me working away at it rather than lofty things like “Stop procrastinating” and “ lose 100 pounds”. I have found if the goal is too big, I just won’t do it. First, I’ll procrastinate (surprise, surprise) and then I will give up and then I’ll conveniently lose the list. One thing on my list is to post more often to the blog, and revamp my website where I sell my art, www.agiftofmaine.com . I’m going to include other Maine artists and craftsmen and more information on Maine in the blog. My only huge, all-encompassing, super-duper, major goal on my list is to eliminate clutter in my life. At 65 I am starting to think about my own mortality, and if I stopped living tomorrow, what kind of mess am I leaving behind for others to deal with. I hear my father’s words ringing in my head, “If you haven’t used it in the last 2 years, get rid of it.” He would employ that strategy when he and my mother would clean out the attic when I was a kid. My mother was the more sentimental person and would cling to things that had meaning to her. I’m glad she did. When she passed away I found things that told the story of our lives like letters that Dad had written her during World War II when he was stationed in the Philippines. Soldiers where he was were not allowed to disclose their location but Mom and Dad had worked out a code that allowed him to let her know his location somewhere in the letter. Reading them gave me a glimpse into what it must have been like during the war. But all in all, my parents were very organized people and when each passed, it was very easy to handle things that had to be done. I am making it a goal to get my life as organized as theirs was. It’s a very lofty goal (borders on the edge of one of those nasty resolutions) and if I can tick that one off at the end of 2013, I’ll be one happy camper!
Now I have put all my goals in writing, I am committed! Yikes, all of you will be able to hold me accountable! Stay tuned to see if I actually get any of these things done.
Happy 2013 to all of you! May you and yours have good fortune and peace in the New Year! I’m off to vacuum!