Thursday, January 01, 2015

2015: Stop Meaning To, Go Do!

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I'm certainly hoping for a Happy New Year in 2015! Let's face it, 2014 flat kicked my patootie, and not in a good way. This blog itself is proof that I just spent way too much of the year running behind. Not only was I behind, I didn't get done half of what I intended. How could I be so busy and yet have so little to show for it? I realized I had spent an awful lot of time "meaning to" do all kinds of things, but I never got around to *actually* doing them. I can't tell you how many times those words came out of my mouth over the Christmas holiday. "Sorry, I kept meaning to do that." It was embarrassing. STOP!! Just stop it. Like most folks, I do use the start of a new year for reflecting back and trying to make plans to move forward. Several friends picked a "theme" last year, a word or phrase to act as a guide or goal all through the year. I've decided to try it for this coming year.

Stop Meaning To, Go Do! Several things in December have pointed towards that or something similar being my "motto" for the coming year, including my friend Terri deciding that her phrase for 2015 will be "quit saying, start doing" (sound familiar? I actually came up with the wording of mine before I saw hers, but seeing that she made it her plan for 2015 prompted me to do the same). There was also an amazing blog post by the daughter of a friend (who is wise far beyond her years) explaining why seizing the day may be easier than you think. To quote Miss Haley, "In order to seize the day all you have to do is act upon your list of 'I should...'s. It's simple, but not easy because LAZINESS. It's real. BUT, trust me the more you DO instead of DON'T, the easier and more natural seizing the day becomes." Pretty smart for a teenager! (The whole post is worth a read, if you have the time.)

So what kinds of things do I plan on will I be doing? We actually don't have a ton of things on the slate for this year (unlike last year when half of our summer was already booked by this point). I'm not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing. I really want to specifically *do* something most days, with the express intent and purpose of overcoming the "I meant to"s, no matter how big or small. It could be taking a step towards a larger goal, or just something small to get over and done for that day instead of putting it off. Some of the big things I would like to will accomplish in 2015 are:
  • Eat at home 100 times (we got very bad about eating out in 2014)
  • Lose at least the 40 pounds I regained last year
  • Throw Luke a Harry Potter themed 11th birthday party
  • Have a get-together with my local stitching friends (who I literally haven't seen in years)
  • Finish another Mirabilia fairy
(See the crossing out? I originally just edited this post when I caught those phrases, then saw that it would be more meaningful to show what I had originally typed and purposefully change them to "action words.") There are plenty of other things I would like to will get done and/or try this year, but those are truly the top five. I am trying to make making a "go do" list to "keep in my hip pocket" for days when I haven't come up with anything to go do. Some days it will be clear and obvious what the go do should be, and I am open to spontaneous bouts of carpe diem-ing, but it's always nice to have a backup plan (you know me!).

So, that's what I mean to do this year. Now it's time to go do!!
Currently feeling: ready to DO!


  1. LOVE your theme, Erin! I chose the word "balance" as my word of the year for 2015. This came about because I started realizing just how unbalanced my life had become while I was back in school. Another goal I've said a few times is that I want to stop spending so much time on social media (esp. Facebook) and more time on LIFE! Happy New Year!!

    1. I think that is the perfect word for you this year! I know how completely consumed you were with school.

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    1. Yes ma'am, we will! Looking forward to it.


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