2018 Resolutions

Wednesday, January 03, 2018


Peace out, 2017, you were a pain in the ass! I make new year's resolutions, I don't always follow through on them; but they give me hope. That's what matters right? Jokes. I had a milestone birthday last year so I think it's maybe time to do some actual changes. Here are the things I'll be focusing on the next 365 days and onward:


THE BIG ONES

[1] Find my cause.
Environmentalism has been on my mind the past few months and I find my life slowly matching up to my values again. I stopped caring for awhile (about a lot of things) but I can't sit back any longer. We need to be an ally for those who cannot help themselves.

[2] Restart (and finish) the Artist's Way.
I found this book to be really helpful when I started last year. Every day life, of course, got in the way of me taking this seriously. I would love to see myself actually following through. If I start in January headstrong, I can finish in March and use the rest of my year in application and growth.

[3] Wake up earlier during week days. 
When I came home from Sri Lanka this past October, I found myself waking up without an alarm clock at 4-5am. I was refreshed and I LOVED it. I'd like to make this a habit in the mornings. Perfect routine? Wake up, write the Artist's Way morning pages, go surf, eat brekkie and go to work.

[4] Focus on becoming really good at one thing.
I'm pretty much the master of none. I learn quickly and I'm talented at a lot of things I try. I'm not gloating, I just find a lot of stuff interesting and can pick up a skill by watching. BUT, I won't deny that I'm very much a beginner in those instances. I'd love to have laser focus on a skill to become an expert. Everything else is a hobby.

[5] Take one large motorcycle or car camping trip.
Wouldn't it be great to drop everything for a few months?

[6] Move into a camper.
This is very, very possible - very soon.

[7] Stop treating my creative skills as hobbies.
Did you know that photos, drawings, blogging, art direction, filming and practically everything else creative COSTS money? I make *some* money from it, but I'm not making a lot of things for myself. I'd love to invest in more workshops and actually charge what I'm worth. I'm still very much taken advantage of in this area. I also don't always treat my ideas and dreams as real and concrete things. There are thousands of people out there less talented than my pinky finger picking a booger out of nose that are "making it" and causing a stir. You know why? Audacity. You can read more about in a later post this week!

& DAILY HABITS / RITUALS

I know there are some resolutions that are harder to quantify or measure. These are the ones I'm not going to be hard on myself if I don't hit them on the daily. I'd really love to take these more seriously in a way that they'll just become habits. It's a matter of consciousness and awareness.

  • More compassion
  • Take my friendships more seriously and openly
  • Stop chasing people at the same time
  • Finish what you start
  • Learn an artisan skill
  • Learn backcountry skills
  • Get rid of unnecessary objects in my house
  • Follow through on an idea when you get it
  • Make dates with myself to do things I enjoy like surfing, crossfit and camping
  • Keep doing healthy things that you did last year. It's working. Just elevate!

What are you considering changing this year?

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