Tuesday, January 1, 2013

The 7 Things Challenge for 2013

setting goals

Happy 2013! 

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:
  1. LEARN HOW to purl and follow a knitting pattern
  2. START taking tap and ballet weekly
  3. STOP putting off finishing my memoir
  4. TAKE A VACATION to Europe in the summer (big maybe)
  5. FIND new freelance clients
  6. TRY some new recipes (being dairy-free kind of forces this)
  7. BE MORE present with family
They're all things I was working toward anyway, which means they're not part of the new year's resolution mania. I consider all of them achievable, though some are less measurable than others. I guess I'm accountable to you, now!

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.

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.
I love it - may 2013 be the year of amazing mistakes for all of us!


  1. I love this. I don't make resolutions, either, and am trying to figure out how to use 2013 as a new starting point.

    Here's to amazing mistakes!

    1. I think the new year is a great time to meditate on goals, either old ones or new ones. Even if they never come to pass. I just like the challenge!

      Happy new year to you and yours!

  2. Love this. Here's to amazing mistakes. Happy New Year love!

  3. I think setting more long term goals is a more achievable. Great idea and thank you for the inspiration to get started. I am graduating from my textiles degree this summer and I really want a job in that industry - that's my goal! Work my socks off as always but make more time for friends ad family too. It's a fine balance!

  4. Great list! Thanks for linking up! Here's to a fab 2013!!

  5. I love this post about non-resolutions and the part about making more mistakes! Keep 'em coming.


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