No music. No TV. Just me and the meal (and the Celtics game that my teenager is blaring for the other room. “Me” time only goes so far in this house.)
This is a first step in slowing down and reclaiming my creative direction as I head into 2015. Being creative demands being in touch with self. Too often I think we all are doing a million things at once, even while eating. We’re women warriors; that’s what we do—multitask and take care of the entire world around us.
Consequently time becomes a blur. This year has zipped by and yet I feel like I’m standing still (if you look two posts down, you will see what I mean, as I repeat myself here). I find myself in the same place as an artist as last year, wishing for the exact things I wished for last year. But accomplishing goals is not about “wishing,” it is about reflecting on what you want, figuring out the steps involved to get there and “doing” the work. It is about “I will” rather than “I wish.”
I know this already, but it is good to have a reminder, which I’m getting everyday this month through the free online “Creative Planathon” that I happened upon. A key component of planning for next year is looking at what has been achieved this year as well as the challenges, and setting goals and action steps for 2015. (One of my goals is to get back to blogging.)
There was no mention of sitting at the formal dining room table to catch your breath so you can hear your own thoughts and listen to your heart’s desire. But, I think this is a good place to start—sitting still in the moment.
The workbook for the planathon has a great quote that says it best:
“If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.”—Yogi Berra