Proposals for a New Year
This year I haven’t made any resolutions. What I have done is set some goals, or maybe let’s call them proposals = less about achieving something and more about focusing the crazy which lives in my mind. I originally started writing about gardening on this blog but for those who follow will know I get on some tangent and run with it for a little while. I wish that I posted more about what I’m actually working on, but I find it difficult to muster up the dedication it requires to sit at the computer and write.
Proposal #1: Write about all the stuff I do. I take classes, learn new art forms, invent recipes, make things from scratch (like soap), learn how to grow stuff, etc, etc, etc. I need to write this all down somewhere and perhaps I’ll slow down enough to actually think about what I’m working on.
I think that staying still long enough to write down what I’m working on will help me also corral the ideas stampeding in my head. This brings me to another proposal:
Proposal #2: Connect Four. Have you ever played the board game Connect Four? The idea of the game is to build a line of four tiles on the board before your opponent does. I have a boatload (Titanic maybe?) of projects that have three tiles all lined up just waiting for that fourth (aka: the finishing touch). The plan is to start digging out projects once a week and FINISHING THEM. What I’ll do with them is another story, but I do see an Etsy site in my near future.
That’s it. Two proposals. And I started this week. Progress so far? Well, it’s been a bit like trying to catch a hyper, slippery fish. I fight against sitting at the computer (it’s sunny out/I should go to the park, I need to make cupcakes/the shower is on Friday, I feel like ginger ale/I bet I can make some from this gingerroot) and I’m not overly eager to pull out 3-tiled projects (where’s the excitement? The drama of something new?)
I did start to catch a few fish though. I’m sitting here writing now and I’ve been getting back in touch with some of my abandoned projects. Not a bad start and it’s so very interesting to me how difficult it is to channel my focus. I’m looking forward to more self-discovery as I work through these proposals because after all, I did enjoy writing this when I finally sat down. Perhaps a little discipline and structure will help this slippery fish.