This year, I decided to keep my 2017 planning to a minimum. Usually, I go all out with books, videos, workbooks, words of the year, etc and while that has worked some in the past, I wanted to make things as simple as possible this year. Focusing attention in too many places is detrimental. You run the risk of not getting anything done when you try to get everything done. Trust me, I know.
Growing up, my parents always remarked on how creative I was. It wasn’t that I was a great artist or anything. Honestly, most of my artwork looked as if I’d drawn it with my left hand. You should know that I’m right handed. I also wasn’t that great of a musician, writer or designer. But what I was great at was ideas. My creativity came from my ability to see what others could not.
I will never forget the time my mama taught me how to make curtains. It was my first sewing project and I was excited that something I made would be hanging in our kitchen. After we were done and the curtains were hung, there was some material left. The material, in all its baby blue vinyl-ness, was about to be thrown out, when I had an idea.
“Mama, can I have the little bit of material that’s left?” “Sure,” she said, “there’s nothing you can do with it though.” Little did she know that that little bit of material would become my father’s wallet. So for over a year, my dad walked around with his money falling out of his baby blue, vinyl wallet with the tiny flowers that matched the kitchen curtain. He didn’t complain. He encouraged me to continue to see possibilities where others deemed there to be none. He encouraged me to create.
And in 2014, that is what I intend to do.
2013 was all about progress.
On October 31st or December 31st, I want to honestly be able to say “I am better than I was this time last year.” Since perfection does not exist, I will not strive for something that I am sure to fall short of. Instead, I will focus on making sure that I am bolder, smarter, kinder, more loving…than I was yesterday.
For 2014, I want to be able to ask myself, daily:
And be able to answer wholeheartedly, “Yes!”
What word (or words) will you use to guide you through 2014?
For so many reasons…