On the first day of January I made 61 resolutions, beginning with 1. Be a small nail in the house of the universe, tiny but useful (Mary Oliver) and ending with 61. moisturize. I wrote the list, made it public and then went on my way of practicing life. Because there’s been lots to practice these past few months. Since it’s almost the end of Q1, it’s time to make an assessment.
61 intentions, 18 with a small orange dot next to it (so much less intimidating than a check mark). That’s 29.5%, if you’re measuring success. Lucky for me, I am a words-instead-of-numbers person.
I’ve been successful (in trying to) 2. show light and love, 3. be nice to Steve and 5. write everyday. I bought 26. steak knives, 30. researched writing retreats and 31. applied to one (and was accepted!), 35. kept my car clean and 36. upgraded my iTunes library.
Areas where I haven’t done so great (at least not yet): 4. Be nice to people I don’t even like, 37. Buy fancy makeup, learn how to apply it, 41. skip the news until after the first cup of coffee and 48. don’t say f#*%k so much. I never got close to the 14-18 intentions of cleaning out closets, dressers, kitchen and jewelry. I have only seen one movie, didn’t sweat (at least not literally) and the ukulele is still alone in the corner.
But, I did leave one ringer (sometimes I am wise):
24. Make more drip/Chemex coffee.
And so I did. It was slow and delicious, and gave me a chance to appreciate what I’ve achieved that wasn’t on the list.
- We successfully shepherded Steve’s folks from their lifelong home in the Bay Area to their new place in San Diego, and are doing the same (but in reverse directions) for my parents.
- I wrote a 2350 word fiction story and shared it with my writing group and others.
- I began writing poetry (maybe poetry-ish).
- We designed three “Be the Change” Postcards and I mailed sets to about 60 friends, in lovingly crafted envelopes and with hand written notes. I have sent 15 postcards to representatives to thank them for standing up for all Americans, especially the most vulnerable.
- We finished and launched a new studio website for Tackett+Barbaria.
- I (finally) discovered podcasts and now have a cadre of smart, thoughtful and funny people who have transformed and inspired my commute each day.
- I have been nice to myself (which might count, because once in a while I am one of those people I don’t like very much).
It’s the 85th day of the year, which means I have 280 more chances to improve my percentage of success. That would be if I was a numbers-over-words-person, and I believe I have already proven otherwise. Still, I am going to aim for 38% by June. Anything is possible.