There's a whole new year ahead of us. Isn't that exciting? I'm excited!
You may remember that I don't do new year's resolutions because statistically, they're a recipe for a big, fat fail. But I do like quantifiable goals. Or even semi-quantifiable goals. So on New Year's Eve night, I was over at Lena B., Actually, where Lena B. wrote about doing Day Zero's 7 Things x 2013 challenge. It's a series of seven prompts to get you thinking about what you want to achieve in 2013. You're supposed to create a Day Zero account and play along with the crowd for accountability, but I thought it was more interesting as a thought exercise.
Here are my seven things:
- LEARN HOW to purl and follow a knitting pattern
- START taking tap and ballet weekly
- STOP putting off finishing my memoir
- TAKE A VACATION to Europe in the summer (big maybe)
- FIND new freelance clients
- TRY some new recipes (being dairy-free kind of forces this)
- BE MORE present with family
Last year, Neil Gaiman offered this up as his New Year wish:
I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're Doing Something.I love it - may 2013 be the year of amazing mistakes for all of us!
So that's my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make new mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.
Whatever it is you're scared of doing, Do it. Make your mistakes, next year and forever.