January 1, 2014
Dear New Year,
Let’s keep things simple, shall we?
Amid all the conversation about making resolutions or not making resolutions and setting intentions instead — of choosing a word for the year or not choosing a word for the year — of harnessing the energy of this Capricorn New Moon on New Year’s Day (like I’m doing right now) — of asking myself What am I building? and wanting to go hibernate instead —
There’s really only one thing I want to accomplish in 2014.
I want to finish my book.
The first draft, the edits, the book proposal, the final draft. I’d love to think I could work on the artwork for the project too, but I am clear that the writing needs to be done before the artwork.
Yes, I want to keep hosting retreats and teach ecourses and stay connected to community and keep the cash flowing in my business and do more yoga and keep the weight off and spend more time in nature and not neglect my friendships and hold more ceremonies and cherish the present moment and study Circle Practice and travel to Maine at least twice to see Gracie and mess around with paints and tend my herb garden —
There’s only one thing I want to accomplish this year, and that’s to finish my book.
So, New Year.
Let’s reorganize our priorities, shall we?
Let’s see what kind of support we can get.
Let’s make the organizing principle of the year — the quarter — the month — the week — the day — just this: WRITE.
(Ah. I’ve found my word for the year.)
Write even when you think you are fresh out of ideas.
Write even when you feel so stuck you never want to pick up a pen again.
Write even when you think you are really not up to the task.
Write even when the lure of social media sings so sweetly you know you’ll drown in it. Shut that sucker down.
Write even when your inbox is full to overflowing with dozens of emails waiting to be answered.
Write even when you can think of twenty other things that really need to be taken care of, right this very minute.
So, New Year — are you with me?
Let’s keep it simple.