I am someone who does well with structure. I am not someone who does a good job creating or maintaining that structure, however, which is a problem since no one else is going to do it for me. I crave order and simplicity, yet it's hard for me to motivate myself do the work to keep order. Basically, I lack discipline.
The good news is that the beginning of the year always gives me a jump start. Not sure why this arbitrary date works, perhaps it's akin to a placebo effect, but I'll take it.
There's been a lot going on both in my house and in my head the past few weeks. I've been creating systems that, I hope, will make it easier for me to stay on track. The falling-down piles of fabric have been replaced by neatly rolled and tied bundles; all the random bags of flour, grains, beans, and nuts purchased from the bulk bins are now labeled in glass jars. And after years of resisting, I've started implementing a meal plan for dinner (this was actually prompted by discovering that our groceries cost us $3000 more in 2009 than in 2008!).
As for my head, there's a fair amount of change going on there as well. I love to always have projects going, the more the better. In the past 2 years I've taken on learning French, our France house-swap, learning to sew, starting this blog, launching an Etsy site, and our trip to Japan, to name a few. I'm still sewing and blogging, but I'm craving something new. Some new way to stretch myself, especially since I think work will be slow coming this year. I'm not sure what that is right now, but I'll keep you posted!
I don't know… I just have a sense that this is going to be a different type of year for me. One that requires a little more thought and planning. One where having the structure I crave firmly in place will help in dealing with all the elements I can't control.
What about you? I'd love to hear what's motivating you these days. What are your feelings about how 2010 is going to be different for you?
You actually just wrote exactly what I am feeling. I feel 2010 might be different but I also feel that I need to make some things happen. There are also some "pieges" I don't want to fall in... I would love to talk with you (in French, and please don't say your French is rusty-I like to help people improve their French) at Albina press, maybe? WE are moving to Woodlawn neighborhood at the end of January. We are closer!
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