the last three or four or fifteen days have been like this. somewhere in that cloud is my brain with me attached to it. my brain and i are trying to start something and actually finish it. just one thing. one. 1. uno. you know the lingo. i start one project, like doing the dishes, and end up with a kagillion unfinished messes.
i committed to finishing something this year. this Christian guy author (they are a pain in the ass sometimes) Jon Acuff (www.jonacuff.com/blog/what-are-you-going-to-finish-in-2012/) had this great idea to get a bunch of slacker people like me to commit to finishing something in the new year of 2012. i can’t remember who posted his website on FB first – i wish i could remember because i’d like to say thank you so much. NOT!
goals. i hate that word. what are goals good for unless you’re playing hockey? and the way our team is playing… well, it’s obvious they didn’t sign up on Jon’s site for committing to goals. oops! there’s an Oh! Shiney! moment. where was i? oh, goals – personal goals. i committed to eight! i can’t finish the dishes without rearranging the living room or going through old magazines or all of the above, but i’ve committed to finishing eight different goals. what was i thinking?
of course, i do have a year to finish them. what’s today? January 5th, soon to be January 6th in two minutes. dang. there goes another day.
1) finish writing my book
i’ve actually been working on that the last couple of days. whoopie for me!
2) blog weekly
ummm… that’s what i’m doing right now, so, whoopie for me again. maybe i’m not as Oh!Shiney as i thought i was. that’s what i started to write about, isn’t it? or was it Jon Acuff and his dumb idea? hmmmm… our hockey team lost tonight! ugh… they make me so crazy sometimes – oh.
3) de-stuff the house.
while taking down Christmas we decided to weed out the holiday things we really didn’t need to keep. then we were trying to decide what we should put in specifically marked (by my engineer husband) bins: re-purpose, indoor yard sale place, donate, throw out or not sure. so many choices… there are bins everywhere with bits and pieces of christmas in them. i think i want to take my Avon collectible plates back out of the yard sale box. i was supposed to look up their worth, but i got distracted and ended up doing something else. probably laundry or rearranging the top shelf in a kitchen cabinet.
4) be grateful more often (jon acuff has committed to writing thank you cards)
i put a box of thank-you cards on my desk with my address book. i also put note cards with them. i took one thank-you card out of the box to mail to Aunt Lois thanking her for taking me to dinner over thanksgiving while i was in new york. (of this year) then i got distracted. prob’ly by Facebook. damn FB.
5) read an unspecific number of nonfiction books from our church library.
my husband and i were asked to start and run the church library. really? we were newbies to church to begin with and while i’m a writer/reader (not necessarily christian stuff) bossman, my husband, had read and finished, maybe…two books in the 38 years i’d known him at that point in time. two years after creating the library with our pastor’s recommendations and our research and suggestions from library users, bossman has read 13 books from our 113 titles so far. i’ve read one. so, i’ve chosen a book, have had it about a week and haven’t opened the cover yet. i did watch the latest episode of American Pickers, though.
6) lose unspecific amount of weight by walking unspecific number of days.
do we really need to discuss this? i’m trying to get rid of the christmas cookies – ya know those starving kids in China? guilt x’s infinity for not sending the cookies to them and for me chowing down on them. walking… oh, there goes another neighbor by my window. they look cold.
7) learn to commit to goals.
as i write my eight down and put them out there for all to see, i’m learning i have commitment issues. i have stayed married for over 40 years, though. does that count? did i tell you we had a great party in september celebrating those 40 years? another time, maybe…
8] love better and more often
i’m not sure i’m doing this very well, either. distracted by our daughter’s medical issues sometimes brings me to my knees and i pray asking for patience and answers, when all i want to do is throw things and break coffee mugs. instead of turning to God and thanking Him for the joys in my life i’ve concentrated on the crap. hmmm… like losing hockey games. yeah, that’s important.
so, okay then. i’m glad we’ve had this talk. i think i’ve figured out that i’ve got to get my head outta the clouds for my brain to get outta the clouds. de-clutter my life and take you all with me. i think i’ve figured out that my brain must be like the top of my desk. i’ll end this post with a picture of that.
hey, thanks for listening. join me in #finishyear. just don’t pick eight goals to achieve by the end of the year. it’ll make you crazy.