My New Year’s Resolutions
A new year means a new chance to get it right. I have to say, 2015 has been pretty great. I’ve traveled to Ireland and Mexico (my first flight and first cruise respectively), I started grad school (four years in the making), I played in my first roller derby bout, and I am finally OK with who I am (and who I fall in love with).
I honestly don’t know if 2016 can be a better year, but it can see a better me. Hopefully I can say that I am better writer by this time next year. And the only way to become better, is through conscious practice. That is my 2016: practicing.
With that in mind, here are my 2016 goals (some writerly, some not):
- A year of adventure
- Love self more, compare less
- Drink Tea & Coffee
- Fall in love with life
- Write poetry
- And long essays
- Start daily pages (just to see if you like it)
- Listen to records
- Go skating (weekly)
- Blog more often
- Go to The Last Bookstore in LA
- Take photos for inspiration
- Read good books
- Feed your soul
- Write your ❤ out
What are your big dreams for 2016? Feel free to comment below and link to your own thoughts for the new year.
Write the story of the Christmas morning that would not end. And of course, take all the time in the world to write it.
Sometimes the simplest words have the most impact. Today’s words are:
All I want for Christmas is you.
“A good poem is a contribution to reality. The world is never the same once a good poem has been added to it. A good poem helps to change the shape of the universe, helps to extend everyone’s knowledge of himself and the world around him.” ― Dylan Thomas
Today – I am going to change the world.
Write five things in a list:
- Five things I did today
- Five things that made me happy today
- Five ways that today was enough
- Five things that I liked about 2015
- Five things that I want to make happen in 2016 (and how)
In my journal I am going to write a list of five things a day in order to make myself a little more accountable for my own life. What about you?
Hidden in me
is a deep love
for your hands.
For your lips.
For your eyes.
Your words envelop
me like a soft cloud of smoke.
Caressing all the flaws
I never let you see.
“Go into yourself. Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depths of your heart; confess to yourself whether you would have to die if you were forbidden to write.
This most of all: ask yourself in the most silent hour of your night: must I write? Dig into yourself for a deep answer. And if this answer rings out in assent, if you meet this solemn question with a strong, simple “I must,” then build your life in accordance with this necessity; your whole life, even into its humblest and most indifferent hour, must become a sign and witness to this impulse. Then come close to Nature. Then, as if no one had ever tried before, try to say what you see and feel and love and lose…
…Describe your sorrows and desires, the thoughts that pass through your mind and your belief in some kind of beauty – describe all these with heartfelt, silent, humble sincerity and, when you express yourself, use the Things around you, the images from your dreams, and the objects that you remember. If your everyday life seems poor, don’t blame it; blame yourself; admit to yourself that you are not enough of a poet to call forth its riches; because for the creator there is not poverty and no poor, indifferent place. And even if you found yourself in some prison, whose walls let in none of the world’s sounds – wouldn’t you still have your childhood, that jewel beyond all price, that treasure house of memories? Turn your attentions to it. Try to raise up the sunken feelings of this enormous past; your personality will grow stronger, your solitude will expand and become a place where you can live in the twilight, where the noise of other people passes by, far in the distance. – And if out of this turning-within, out of this immersion in your own world, poems come, then you will not think of asking anyone whether they are good or not. Nor will you try to interest magazines in these works: for you will see them as your dear natural possession, a piece of your life, a voice from it. A work of art is good if it has arisen out of necessity. That is the only way one can judge it.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke
Let’s start to look forward into the new year. In a few weeks it will be 2016 – what a crazy ride it will be. So today, lets journal about the upcoming year.
- What are five goals that you would like to accomplish next year?
- In what ways would you like to become a better writer in 2016?
- What books would you love to start reading in the new year?
- When it comes to writing, do you have any bad habits that are slowing you down ?
- Do you have a big dream for 2016 – what can you do to reach it?
- Brainstorm ideas to make your big dream happen.
- The best ways to make a happier you.
Grad school looks like a Friday night staying in reading 30+ articles.
Grad school looks like two 15 page papers due in a few days.
Grad school looks like a brain dead student. And lots of coffee.
And in a few days, it will look like a month of being able to read whatever I want.