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Dear New Year . . .

in Wheel of the Year, Writing


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 —

But really?

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.




Thoughtful, sparkling comments. . .

  • Marianne Wed - Jan 01st 2014 10:39 am

    Yes. Yes. Yes.

    • Joanna Powell Colbert Wed - Jan 01st 2014 10:43 am

      🙂 xoxo

  • Sara Wed - Jan 01st 2014 10:39 am

    Love you. Love your vision.

    • Joanna Powell Colbert Wed - Jan 01st 2014 10:43 am

      Love you too Sara!

  • Cari Ferraro Wed - Jan 01st 2014 11:08 am

    Write on, Joanna! Great piece of writing – matches my to-do list in so many ways, I think we can all relate! Great focusing, thank you.

    • Joanna Powell Colbert Wed - Jan 01st 2014 11:13 am

      Looking forward to seeing what emerges from your luscious pens this year, Cari!

  • Anna Wed - Jan 01st 2014 12:08 pm

    Love your writing Joanna!

    • Joanna Powell Colbert Wed - Jan 01st 2014 7:32 pm

      Thanks Anna!

  • Debra Eve Wed - Jan 01st 2014 1:24 pm

    I am so anticipating this book, Joanna!

    • Joanna Powell Colbert Wed - Jan 01st 2014 7:32 pm

      Thank you Debra!

  • Suzie KM Wed - Jan 01st 2014 1:32 pm

    I’m with you, Joanna, as for me, I’ll change the word write to PAINT, PAINT, PAINT!

    • Joanna Powell Colbert Wed - Jan 01st 2014 7:32 pm

      Go Suzie! Paint paint paint!!

  • cate Wed - Jan 01st 2014 3:00 pm

    Oh yes………………. I am with you, and how eagerly I await your book. My dear mermaid sister, everything you do is beautiful, and I eagerly await your art too.

    • Joanna Powell Colbert Wed - Jan 01st 2014 7:31 pm

      Thank you Cate! Love to you.

  • CrowsFoxes Thu - Jan 02nd 2014 7:52 am

    Yes. Yes. And yes.
    Keep asking the question, dear Joanna, “What do I really want?” — and I will keep asking it of myself as well.
    Love and blessings,

    • Joanna Powell Colbert Thu - Jan 02nd 2014 7:57 am

      Yes yes yes! And remember dear CrowsFoxes, I am waiting with bated breath to read *your* book too!

  • Gerda Wed - Jan 22nd 2014 3:29 pm

    My dearest Joanna ,
    I’m a little late with my New year wishes because My Dear Husband past away on 1-1-’14
    Yes the first day of the New year…66 YEARS…and Imiss Him so much !!!
    But for You my sweet Joanne I wish You a very good year with Healt ,friendship and Love
    and Yes “Good Luck “with Your new book.
    Love and hugs from Belgium
    My God Bless everyone.

    • Joanna Powell Colbert Wed - Jan 22nd 2014 5:48 pm

      Gerda, I’m so sorry to hear about your husband. I will add you (and him) to my prayers when I light my prayer candle each morning. Love & Blessings to you dear Gerda, in this difficult time.