I don’t know about you but I’m not really feeling the New Year, New Start thing at the moment. I never normally take New Year’s resolutions too seriously, like a lot of people I think that if it’s worth doing then anytime you feel motivated is a good time to do it. Admittedly the New Year can be a good motivator but it’s not the only one, and for some reason, especially not in 2013. What I need is inspiration, and that’s one of the reasons I took myself off on a short holiday over Christmas – for escape! And some nice time to myself.
While I was away, I was surprised at how easily my thoughts started to flow once I allowed myself some time to do so, and to write notes, to explore my ideas. But now I’m back I want to capitalise on that momentum, and work out how I’m going to use my time to make sure I don’t lose it again, and have enjoy writing again too.
So I’ve been mulling over some thoughts about inspiration-based plotting since I’ve been back home, and considering a “2013 list” of sorts. I want it to be achievable though, so there’ll be no ambitious targets – I’m trying to avoid being run ragged! I rather like the spirit of my friend Veerle’s Annual To-do List, so at last – here are my goals for the next twelve months (more or less…)
- No more crap TV, including repeats of mediocre stuff. It’s a massive soul-sucker. I shall turn on my radio or put a CD on for company instead in future (it feels cosier anyway), and find something to do from my to-do list. I shall also seek out wildlife and anthropological documentaries.
- Keep on top of the housework. Clean house, clear head!
- Cook properly once a week. This involves either a recipe or using my oven. Or both.
- Keep up with the gym twice a week
- I’m going to try and see a film at Hyde Park Picture House at least 8 times this year. Hyde Park is my local art house cinema (for want of a better phrase) and it’s a lovely building with lots of original features with a great atmosphere perfect for watching unusual films.
- Read more. I have a TON of auto/biographies and travel memoirs on my table, all half-finished, plus god knows how many recommendations I should probably crack on with. I shall do this by going to bed earlier and reading before going to sleep.
- Write more. I have a list of ideas of things to write about, but I need to learn to keep looking for those ideas so I don’t run out So I shall USE the notebook I keep with me at all times! I must also learn to keep blog posts to one or two ideas, and not witter on quite as much – additional ideas go into new blog posts – post count dynamite!
- Following my trip to Trakai and remembering how much I love exploring by train, I shall be scheduling at least one foreign rail adventure and/or one trip away alone annually (thanks to my friend Sara for that latter suggestion)
- I am going to join more things. There is a fortnightly crochet club starting at the new Outlaws Yacht Club “bar-slash-hangout” in town (I popped in yesterday after shopping and had some LUSH Bailey’s Hot Chocolate and sparkly carrot cake. Lovely laid back atmosphere). I can’t knit so have never been interested in the knitting stitch and bitch type nights that have cropped up, but I used to crochet loads as a kid so I’m quite excited about this one. I shall keep going to jewellery class, but start planning projects before I turn up instead of just turning up with some sweets and hoping things will come together. And I also want to have a go at something new, perhaps printing techniques – a few preliminary enquiries reveal there are quite a lot of courses in Leeds so I think I’ll ask around and look into starting something in April or May once I’ve got my head round all this other stuff…
-  I forgot to add brush up my German! Really need to de-rustify it, so I’m going to brush up on vocab & Grammar, and with any luck finish off with a trip to Hamburg for the Reeperbahn Festival with my friend Joachim.