Project 2011: What are You Doing This Year?

Project Ready for 2011
[give me rain]
Welcome aboard and thank you for joining me on this quest of endeavors in 2011.

I wanted to create a sounding board community that would let others who are eager to change their lives like I am come together, support one another, vocalize things on their minds, and share experiences. My only hope for this community is that it is beneficial for us all. Besides this? I have no specific idea for this comm, or even the rules. That's up to you guys and what comes about organically.

I feel as if I am a diamond in the rough. I spent a great deal of 2010 on an emotional roller coaster and losing my grounding and my understanding of what my life was. My belief systems got turn on their heads and smashed. It makes me think of that line Natalie Maines says in "Not Ready to Make Nice": "it turned my world around/and I kinda like it." I wish that I could have gone another way to learn what I have this year without losing my mom. That has been the hardest thing to deal with. I keep thinking of what I would give up to have her back alive. There aren't any possessions I wouldn't give up to get her back.

I feel more grateful about things. I realize how short existence is. Everything is temporary. It's so important to appreciate and enjoy things when they are here. They won't be here forever.

I have some goals I want to accomplish and I have ones that I want to accomplish that I don't even know about yet! I just have this sense that there are things that I will be discovering as I go along. I have goals that are January-centric and then I have ones that I want to accomplish this year, but I don't have a start-date in mind for them. I know this will have to be changed, otherwise I am going to forget them. :(

I think I will be working from two lists. I have my list of accomplishments I will be working on this month (whatever this month is) and the accomplishments for the rest of the year, that will get moved to the "this month" list.

As much improvement I have made in handling deadlines and working on projects, I am still no where near where I would like to be. I have difficulty with maintaining a level of interest throughout. I think I need to set a goal before I start. At least then I can keep that goal in mind when I am working toward it, like with my million steps in 2010 or 250,000 words in 2010. Neither goal I met, but I am understanding of myself. I made a great crack at it. I'm ending 2010 with about 875,000 steps and 188,000 words. That's more than what I had when I started this year.

In 2011, I am going to be focused on walking and writing again, but I have specific smaller amounts I will be meeting on a regular basis.

Accomplishments for JanuaryCollapse )

The Red Lady
[walking red boots]

This year I made the literary acquaintance with writer Sera Beak. Beak is the writer of Red Book: A Deliciously Unorthodox Approach to Igniting Your Divine Spark. This book has changed my life. There is a great deal that Beak speaks about that I already knew, but didn't know that I knew. She has a way of organizing things is a very understandable way. Beak is always positive, but not in that fluffy optimistic way that some new age people can be. Beak is down-to-earth and practical. Her tone is conversational. She is quite spiritually curious and has traveled the world seeking spiritual experiences. She has created her own spiritual life and travels her own path with no second thoughts or regrets.

If you are looking to get a jump start to you creativity and living your life deeply, I highly recommend checking out Beak's book.

Beak has a blog out, Spiritual Cowgirl. In her most recent post, she summarizes the ways one lives as a Redvolutionary. It definitely gives you a taste of who she is as a person and the style of her book.

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Starting Up the Motivation Engine
[walking red boots]
2010 has been a particularly life-altering year for me. I saw my mom going through nearly four months of hospitalization before she passed away in September. I also had a major falling out with two good friends of mine. In addition to these things, I was coming out of a depression that had first settled in a few years ago, and got escalated by a job that I began to hate. I've had a whirlwind year. I've been at the very bottom--low self-esteem, no self-confidence, the works--this year and then I started going up. It's when I hit bottom that I began feeling that I needed to change things. I started seeing a life coach who had been a therapist for thirty years before turning to life coaching. She helped me able to get a grip on my anxiety about activities that I want to accomplish, and the reinforcement that came from repeating small tasks and being successful at them helped immensely and helped to snowball some positive things in my life. When my mom passed away in September, I actually retained much of my self-esteem and self-confidence.

I spent a month and a half gathering myself and started working on some of my goals. One of those goals was completing a 50,000 word novel during National Novel Writing Month. With a little planning, I did the NaNoWriMo challenge. A lot was riding on this for me. It was important to me to complete this task, but not just that: I wanted to do what I didn't do in 2009 and finish NaNo at the Night of Writing Dangerously event, November 21st. I crossed the 50,000 word mark at 11:55PM PST on November, 21st, 2010. This shows me that I still got it. If I set my mind on a plan, I can complete it.

I have learned that focusing on the goal only goes so far. It isn't enough to be intent to complete a task. For me, I need to know what my end result is. Why am I doing what I am doing? If I don't have an endgame in mind, I tend to not complete what I've started. I have learned that long-term is the way to go, even if I have to be patient with the time it takes to completion.

Currently I am working from a list of ten things to complete in December. I went with the idea that December 1st is my January 1st, that way when January 1st comes I will already be in the swing of things for completing new things.

2011 will be on my terms. I am starting the year with a list of things I want to achieve each month. I am working from my Day Zero Project page, but I will have a list of other things in addition to that. I'm going to keep better records than I have in the past. I have already purchased myself a planner for general purposes and one specifically for walking, as walking is something I am quite excited about. Accountability is crucial.

That's why I created this community. theemdash just posted the list of thirty things she wants to do this year--before she turns thirty. Some of my intent to accomplish more is coming from the same place. My thirtieth birthday is coming June 6th. I am six months and a few days away. I intend to have quite a few things completed by then. :)

If you want to take the plunge into a year of accomplishments, and want to share this journey, join up. Let's create a support system to help each other in the new year.


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