We are approximately a month and a half away from the start of a new year. This election has stirred up many things over the past week. I have received so many emails from individuals that I look up to as a writer and as an artist with the same message: Stay united and keep working hard every single day.
With just under 50 days until the New Year, this is what I am doing to get prepared:
Reintroducing myself…to me.
Who am I? What am I about? I have dedicated myself to daily journal writing for the remainder of 2016 so that I can re-plot myself on the map of Taalor. There is absolutely no way you can determine where you are going, if you’re not even quite sure where you are. Sure you can start to head in a general direction, but at the end of the day you will be no closer to reaching your goals. If you only have a feeling about what you want to do then it is impossible to feel accomplished in your life. Be firm about where you are and what you want, and then go exactly where you want to go. That doesn’t mean you can’t take a detour. Or a pitstop. Or reevaluate and evolve. But that comes later. First just plot yourself on the map.
Thinking ahead to 2017. I hate resolutions.
They don’t work and they’re not practical. Why? Because of the mindset around resolutions. They’re wishy-washy. Instead, I was listening to Susannah Conway and she was talking about her word for the New Year. A word that embodies what you want your year to be. Maybe in 2016 you launched your business and branded yourself, and 2017 is your year for growth. Maybe you just graduated and it is your year for self-knowledge or exploration. Take a word that you’re thinking about focusing your year on, and then get out the thesaurus, and find an even better word. Write that word down on a sticky note and post it on your bathroom mirror. Take a picture of the word and set it as the background picture of your phone. Test it out. Embody your word. I have been thinking about my word for 3 or 4 weeks, now. Just when I thought I had a really good one – then I was afraid the universe would take me too literally. So it was back to square one. You might have a feeling of what you want your word to be, so this will be really good practice to build your vocabulary as well. Feelings into concrete, singular words. Go.
I also have a Passion Project that I am getting ready to launch on January 1, 2017.
This passion project will be daily. I find if yours doesn’t scare you, then it probably isn’t the right project. Mine currently terrifies me. There are MANY reasons why you should look into a yearly passion project:
- It pushes you to create consistently and share your content.
- It is something that you should do for fun – not to make money or get famous – but just to do because you think you can better yourself by it.
- It should be a little out of your comfort zone. Think of this project as pushing your current boundaries. Maybe you’re comfortable painting abstractly, but you have never delved into calligraphy. So your passion project is to copy a passage out of your favorite books and push your letter writing techniques…EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. FOR. A. YEAR. I guarantee that on December 31st, when you step back to look at the last passage you copied and compare it to January 1st, you will feel pride and astonishment for how far you have come.
- You become accountable to yourself and to your work. In the past I have felt so guilty for being unable to choose a career path and to stick with things. I wasn’t kind with myself. I didn’t think, “Oh Taalor…that’s just because you were trying all of the wrong things. You’ve got this.” It was: “You’re so lazy and a quitter.” We are SO hard on ourselves. So find something you love to do, and stick with it for an entire year.
Congratulate yourself on the milestones. Be kind to yourself on the days where you just want to give up, but you do it anyways.