2019 plans

Jan. 1st, 2019 02:39 pm
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 I like lists and projects. It's something hardwired in me. There's a satisfaction in it that I don't really find anywhere else. Maybe it's a desire for gold stars on a chart. Maybe it's how I impose order on a chaotic universe. I'm not sure I care why. It's just something I like. 

For the past couple of years, I've taken on a #52weekproject and a #365dayproject. In 2017, I tried a new recipe every week and posted and responded to a poem every day. In 2018, I wrote about #dailylight every day: something good about each set of 24 hours. I also try to read a book a week (though that one doesn't quite work out on that timing: I always read more than 52 books, but they don't always neatly finish in a seven day span). I have a five year long chain of writing at least 250 words a day (which shows how well this habit building, commitment to myself thing works for me.

I know that some people hate this sort of thing, but I look at it as a commitment to myself, a promise that I will do these small things that bring me pleasure and make my days better. 

52 week projectFor this year, I'm going to play a game a week for my 52 Week Project.

My family and I are big into boardgames, card games, videogames, roleplaying games, etc.

We have too many. I won't have to buy a new game to find 52 different ones to play over the course of the year. 

I'm hoping this will get some of the ones that haven't made it off the shelves onto my table and into our hearts and minds.

I know it breaks my husband heart when a game sits unplayed. 

I'm also looking for the "us together having fun" part of that.

Our children are at branching out ages, and it's hard to find something we all love, but we always come together over the gaming table.

So, in a way, this is my promise to have more family time. 

Last year's #dailylight 365 day project proved really important to my mental health. It was a hard year. You guys know, you were there, too.

365Definitely hard on creative, sensitive sorts like me. So many of my friends suffered mental and emotional anguish and found it hard to move forward on their creative endeavors, when it felt like the world was burning down around us and our basic assumptions about the goodness of humanity were proven false and ridiculous. 

So, my #365project this year will be in a similar vein: #smileaday . I'm planning to write about one thing that made me smile each day. 

You know, the whole "even in darkness there is light" thing. Choose your wizard. Gandalf, Dumbledore. 

It helps me to remember to take a moment and notice it. 

Are any of the rest of you project people like this? What are you taking on in the new year? 

Date: 2019-01-01 08:40 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] johncomic
I tell myself that this isn't A Resolution so that I have an escape hatch from self-rebuke when I fail, but: my desire this year is to draw something every day. Get the pen or pencil moving on paper. Doesn't matter how long, doesn't matter if I finish something or get it into Worthy To Share condition -- just make some drawing activity happen.

After doing an ink drawing a day for InkTober last year, I got way sidetracked from drawing during NaNoWriMo and my life was all about writing for a while. Trouble is, I never got back into the drawing -- tempting to blame the fact that I immediately followed NaNo with a couple of weeks overseas, but that isn't really An Explanation.

Point is, my mood has been low for the last while and I haven't really felt like drawing. But when I tell my counsellor that I haven't been drawing because I've been feeling low, she tells me that I have been feeling low because I haven't been drawing. She has known me for over fifteen years, and in that time has come to see that my drawing is crucial to my spiritual well-being. Even when I lose sight of that, she never does. I feel like it would be smart to listen to her.

Date: 2019-01-02 02:14 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] johncomic
I do have a history of setting my bar dismayingly low. ;)

Date: 2019-01-02 02:25 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] johncomic
I'd rather borrow a leaf from your playbook for this one, thank you! =)


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