Two days into my New Year’s manifesto and I’ve made a little progress. Yesterday I signed on for the WordPress Post a Day 2011 challenge, so that takes care of trying to write more. I’ll give it a few days for the ol’ brain juices to start flowing before I tackle larger writing projects. I’ve got a few ideas, but I also have a couple books on novel writing coming in the mail soon.
For fitness I ate all the sweets I had in the house. Well, you can’t just throw those out. That’s wasteful. I’m kidding. I could be doing more in this area. My diet has been pretty average. I’m weening myself from soda. I’m down to a couple diet drinks a day and had to increase the coffee intake to offset the caffeine loss. I remembered this too late yesterday after I had a ragging headache. Exercise is lacking. I’m really going to have to just do it.
In the art department, I’m building a new computer to go in the office. It went down before my move so I’ve been relying on my laptop for photo editing. The screen is only 13 inches. I make do, but I’d rather have a larger screen with a faster processor. This has nothing to do with Star Wars: The Old Republic online game coming out in a few months, I swear. Plus, the screen size will help with building the web site. Hopefully this next weekend’s weather will be nice and I can head out somewhere with my camera. I should probably brainstorm some ideas.
Schooling? Yeah, that costs money. Maybe next term.
And love? Ha. In two days? I said that takes time.
Why settle on just one resolution for the year? I posed that question to myself and thought about it on my drive home. I came up with quite a few things I want to work on this year. Another reason it makes sense is when a resolution fails in the first couple of days people get down on themselves. I couldn’t quit smoking for two days or I had a piece of cake so there goes my diet. For the whole year? Really? Cut yourself some slack.
Not only do you have to want to change, you have to want to work at it. You aren’t going to be a different person in one day.
I’ve kept them positive to help with my motivation. Each part will have goals to be accomplished. If any of the goals are met, I’ll consider that a success. The manifesto is as follows:
1. Write More
I’m a writer, therefore I should write. I made an amazing amount of excuses last year and all that did was get nothing done.
Goals: Get in the habit of writing every day. Write short stories. Work on a novel. Finish National Novel Writing Month this year. Read more.
2. Improve Health
I fell out of the habit somewhere. I think it was when I went to Haiti. Nine days off from working out coupled with really low caloric intake managed to throw off my motivation. The big wake up was running around in body armor a month later. I was fit enough to do it, but I wasn’t in the shape I wanted to be in.
Goals: Pass my PT test. Complete P90 X. Lose ten pounds. Drink more water.
3. More Art
I haven’t touched a camera for something other than work in at least a year. I have a web site I haven’t touched…or four. I have models that want to work with me. I have the equipment. I just need to do something with it.
Goals: Take more photos for fun. Try to sell something. Get my web site up and running.
4. More Schooling
This one is a no brainer. I have to finish my degree. This one won’t be finished this year, but I need some forward momentum.
Goals: Finish the three classes that are keeping me from taking English classes; math, science and communication.
5. Find True Love
This might take some time. It’s a lofty but worthy goal. I guess we’ll see how this turns out.
What a month December is. It’s 31 long dark and cold days here in the Northern hemisphere. It has been packed with holidays in the hopes that we might forget that. In fact, we even celebrate the last day because it’s the end of the year. We spend months prepping and shopping, then we just want the year to be over. Personally, I look forward to the 21st as the days start getting longer after that.
I’m indifferent toward December as a whole. It seems to be a very short month. I used to like having a couple weeks off from school. Later, I got two weeks off from the newspaper. (I always referred to it as time off for good behavior like it was a prison sentence. It kinda felt like it.) I’ve had more break ups than I care to remember during this time. It’s cold, which I hate, and dark, which I like.
Take the holidays out of the equation and what are you left with? August…except it’s cold as heck. So really, people don’t like December, they like the holidays in December. And let’s be honest, they are kind of the best selfless holidays. You don’t feel like spreading cheer on Groundhog’s Day. Peace on Earth and good will toward all isn’t on your mind for Halloween, Columbus Day or even Veteran’s Day.
If it weren’t for the holidays, December would be the bad guy. It’s not really December’s fault. We’ve got 12 months and one of them had to take one for the team. They can’t all be June, though I’d doubt we’d like June half as much if we didn’t have December.
We need December to be the bad guy. It’s the end of the old year. The new year is the perfect time to start project X. Things are about to change. It’s going to get warmer, the days are going to get longer. The new year is full of hopes and promises…all because December just really, really sucks. With the exception of the holidays.
I found a writing prompt website this past week. It took me a week to decide if I wanted to write something on the topic and by then there was already a new topic. Two days later I actually wrote something. This week’s topic is limitations.
Limitations are imaginary boundaries for the most part. Society has a unique set of social limitations and morals based on your location. There are plenty to pick from and there can be punishments for breaking the rules. (What would the neighbors think?) There’s really not a lot that can be done about them. One can conform or not. It all depends on the limitations you set for yourself.
The limits we set for ourselves can be found quite easily by finishing the statement “I would never…” A big one for me is I would never break a society limit that would require jail time. That makes me a conformist, at least partially. Would I do something that’s going to break a rule and not send me to jail? You betcha.
I like breaking self imposed limits which can finish the statement, “I could never…” Testing personal limits is the only way to find the real boundaries.
For instance, “I could never go without a hot shower” will keep most folks from camping or traveling to places without hot water. They might be perfectly content to never leave their comfortable life, but I can tell you I’m not one of those people. I’ve been to quite a few places without hot water…or water at all. I still find a way to clean myself which makes my real limitation “I would never forsake good hygiene.” Showering is a luxury sometimes, but I’ll be darned if I catch some random disease from not cleaning. That’s not to say I don’t enjoy a hot shower, but I don’t let that limit me in where I can go or do.
My biggest limitation is being introverted. I can break outside that boundary often, but not for long. I like having walls to come back to and hide behind. It makes the journey outside all the more rewarding.