I hate New Year’s Resolutions simply because there seems to be this mass need to redefine, redesign and analyze our errors in order to improve our lives. What if things are pretty good and we just want to carry on?
I feel that the driving force behind New Year’s resolutions is that you look for what is bad about yourself or your life, or maybe your art or studio. I get that. I worked really hard on totally cleaning out my studio last summer. My studio was not working for me, it was cluttered and full of stale ideas. But I had to forge ahead on it on my own terms, at my own time. New Year’s resolutions feels like a forced march to me.
Is there a word that would be a positive opposite to “resolution”? I like the idea of improving and growing and learning…. But in my experience I am setting myself up to fail by calling it a RESOLUTION. When I have not “fixed” what was wrong an even bigger problem is created and then guilt will set in. Oh the vicious cycle of New Year’s Resolutions.
Here are some of the things I’m thinking will cultivate joy and creativity in my life:
-Try a new food, and truly savor the flavours.
-Take time to be alone in nature, sit quietly in the woods or by a creek, or a shoreline…
-Pause long enough to watch the sun rise (or set!)
-Take a road or street you haven’t before.
-Take out all “UFO’s” (unfinished objects) and look at them…they don’t have to be finished, remember where you were and why you made it.
-Go offline! Be in tune to your surroundings and those in your life. One day a week is good for the soul!
-Mail things to friends. You know the feeling when you see something in the mail that is not an invoice!
-From home, with no other distractions…call someone just to chat and catch up.
-Rediscover your local library.
So what do you think? “Yay” or “Nay” for New Year’s Resolutions?
Oh and by the way….Happy New Year and all the best to you and yours in 2016! May 2016 be your most creative year yet!
Jeannette Froese LeBlanc is the editor at Cre8tiveFire.com and a jewellery artist. She is definitely “A glass 1/2 full kind of person”! She has learned to enjoy the journey and not solely focus on the destination, which is something her kids taught her. Look down, look around, enjoy where you are.