Taking action instead of resolving to do so

I happened to have the whole day to myself today, alone at home – by choice.  It was nice.

And late this afternoon, I decided to do something: instead of sitting down and thinking about taking New Year’s resolutions, I decided to get up and do those things I wanted to do more of during this coming year.  Even if that meant I could only do each of them for a few minutes, I would touch as many of them as I could.

I started things off by shoveling snow.  Ok, that wasn’t on the list of things I wanted to play a bigger part in my life in 2010 (duh!), but going outside more often is, be it to go for a walk, to take care of the garden, or whatever.  Here’s to more breathing of fresh air, and more movement!

I then baked some vegan breakfast bars that look delicious.  I have yet to taste them, but judging from the smell, those okara-cranberry-pecan bars shouldn’t disappoint!  I must say that I’ve done quite a bit of baking and cooking in the past few months: between enjoying the bounty of our CSA basket and testing recipes for an upcoming vegan cookbook, I’ve been spending lots of time in the kitchen.  I’m going to keep that up for 2010!

What next?  Oh yes, there was a bit of spinning.  A good spindle, a lovely handpainted roving – ah, it’s nice to put some fiber stuff back into my life!  I got back to it a few weeks ago, and I’m really happy about that.  I want to keep it a part of my life, and spinning a few minutes every day would be fabulous, but I’m not turning that into a “should” with guilt attached if I’m not doing it.

After that, I did some Shiva Nata.  My practice has been pretty irregular for the past several weeks, and I want it to be a daily thing again.  Also, I want to teach it, so as part of this little “doing things I want to be doing this coming year” day, I did today’s practice in the position of the teacher.  I’m really curious to see where this intention of teaching it will take me.  I have no specific plan about that yet, but I’d like to see it happen this year, in one form or another.  It’s possible that I’ll only get a very modest start on this goal in 2010, but who knows?  I’ll see how I can make a little something happen, and I’m willing to be surprised as to where that would take me!

That was followed by a few minutes of yoga – yet another thing that I want to integrate into my life in a more regular way than what I’ve been doing so far.

A big huge important thing came next: that project I’ve been working on (mostly in my mind), but haven’t yet brought out into concrete existence – I hadn’t touched it in forever (except for thinking about it), so tonight I went and read a couple of documents, and made minor edits.  Yeah, very minor stuff, but just opening the documents was already much more than I had done for very long, so yay!  I’m sincerely hoping that this project will move forward the way I’d like it to this year, and I’ve taken important steps to help me make that happen (more on that later).

What else?  Oh, I did a bit of writing, just a few lines in my journal/notebook.  Hopefully, those will be followed by many more pages of scribbling.

There are several things I’d like to do more of in 2010, but I couldn’t fit them into this evening.  Among them: meditating, taking more pictures for the blog, felting, knitting, weaving, doing some sort of artistic stuff.  They should fit somewhere in the coming year better than they did in this one – already quite full! – evening.

Last but not least, I wrote and published this post.  Yeah, being better at blogging more regularly is on the list of things I want to do in 2010.  It shouldn’t be hard to do better than last year, though it wouldn’t be hard to do worse either – so I’ll do my best to be on the right side of the line on that one!

It may be silly, but I want to publish this one before midnight, so I’m not even proofreading it or anything.  A post written and published in less than an hour makes for a nice change – and that may help me post more often!

Happy New Year!  And what would *you* like to do more often in 2010?

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12 Responses to Taking action instead of resolving to do so

  1. Mihl says:

    Doing more things you like to do sounds like it’s perfect. Happy new year and thank you so much for all your wonderful comments on my blog.

  2. celine says:

    hooray for not proofreading posts! people wouldn’t care about typos (if there were any), it’s more important to see updates. kudos to you for being proactive and not just making resolutions, but acting upon them.

  3. Josiane says:

    @Mihl: Thanks to you for stopping by. As for the comments on your blog, you’re very welcome! I’m really happy I came across your blog last year, your words and pictures are a delight and a source of inspiration.

    @Celine: Hm, now I must say I haven’t done any of these things since that whirlwind evening of doing all that stuff to get the year started on a good note. Except for the shoveling. I did lots and lots more of that one! Which may explain why the others were neglected…

  4. lolly says:

    ooh, what fun it would be to get together for tea and knitting time – it sounds like we could talk for hours, J. i am very intrigued by Shiva Nata… i have never heard of it, and it sounds quite fascinating. thanks for the links – i spent a little too much time over there reading about it when i probably should have been working. also interested in what you are testing for the vegan cookbook! YUMMERS!

  5. Ah, that sounds like a lovely day! I’m so glad you got the opportunity to enjoy it in the way you liked best :)

    Best of luck with your 2010 goals. I know you’ll achieve everything you put your mind to!

  6. Josiane says:

    @Lolly: Lolly!!! What a joy to see you here! Oh yes, getting together for tea and knitting would be fabulous! I could also introduce you to Shiva Nata, that would be great fun. Just like you, when I first came across it, I spent way too much time reading about it, but really, it didn’t take me long to decide that this was the thing for me! If you’d like to know more about Shiva Nata, let me know: I’m always happy to talk about that thing I love! As for the recipe testing, I’m really enjoying it, and I’ll try to get better at taking pictures of what I make and sharing it here.

    @knittymuggins: It was indeed a lovely evening, though a bit rushed because I wanted to do as much stuff as I could during the few hours of that evening. The upside was that I was really focused on doing stuff, so I didn’t stop to think about it, or wonder what I should do first, or whatever – I just did it. That was pretty cool!

  7. elizabeth says:

    Somehow I missed that you had a new post! I think this is the best idea for a New Year’s day that I’ve ever seen. Really want to try it myself next year.

    Some similar things in there .. nice to be reminded of the things I love and want to do more of.

  8. Josiane says:

    @Elizabeth: For some reason, I didn’t mention this post on Twitter at all (“hey, it’s New Year’s day, everyone’s busy, I’ll tweet it tomorrow”, and then “oops, didn’t do it, and now it’s kind of too late to tweet that New Year’s day post” – hello stuff!), which may be the reason why you understandably missed it. Which makes me even more happy that you eventually found it! Hi! nice to see you joining my quiet New Year’s day party! :)
    If you end up trying this next year, I’m already looking forward to reading about your experience with this idea on your blog. I’d love to see what would be the similarities.
    Also: can’t wait to meet you at the end of the week! Yay!

  9. I’m a little late to the New Year’s party, but wanted to say what a lovely way to start the year. But why stop there? It’s a lovely way to start a month, maybe a week. Maybe even a day. I love your writing and hope to read more of it! So selfishly I hope you remember “more blogging” in 2010.

  10. Josiane says:

    @Shannon: I love that you brought this idea to the month, week, and even day level. That shifts my perspective and gives me ideas… Thank you!
    Thank you also for saying how much you like my writing. It’s a wonderful compliment, and I sincerely appreciate it a lot. There will be more writing (hopefully soon!), and you know you played an important role in helping me get there – and for that too, I am really grateful. Thanks for being part of my life!

  11. Rose says:

    What a wonderful list! I find that just doing a small bit of each really helpful as it keeps my motivation. “if I add up all the little bits i’ve done this week, i’ve made a lot of progress” kind of thoughts.
    Thanks for sharing and good luck!

    Take Care,

  12. Josiane says:

    @Rose: Yes, adding up the little bits we get done here and there amounts to much more than we accomplish when we wait on a big chunk of time before getting started on what we want to do. That’s so true, and yet I so often need to be reminded that it works… Thanks for being my reminder today!

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