Wednesday, December 30, 2009

New Year's Resolutions

Because That's What It's All About...

An optimist stays up to see the New Year in. A pessimist waits to make sure the old one leaves. Bill Vaughan

My number one New Year's Resolution is to be more motivated.

This year was tough. After a heavy workload during the first two quarters and a physical injury in the last two, blogging became more difficult. Yes, difficult. It wasn't the injury nor the lack of ideas that did me in. It wasn't lack of time either. It was lack of motivation.

Somewhere in draft form is a commentary about dancing in a "man's" world and America's artistic apathy. Some didn't even make it to draft form; ideas that exist only as one-liners on a sticky note. I think I reached artistic apathy though I found success in plenty of other art forms. I performed a solo to Jimmy Hendrix's Little Wing; drafted a novel in a NaNoWriMo month; and learned how to play half the Rockband songs on the drums. Yet, lack of motivation did me in. If the hokey pokey is what it's all about, then what happens when I no longer want to dance?


Now there are more overweight people in America than average-weight people. So overweight people are now average. Which means you've met your New Year's resolution. Jay Leno (1950 - )

My plight to lose twenty pounds is ongoing. No New Year's Resolution is going to win that battle. The big change for 2010 will focus on motivation. Until now 90% of my motivation has come from external sources. Web designs, writing, art, and dancing happens out of necessity, and usually someone else's necessity. At 35, I'm ready to create for myself. It doesn't mean that I will stop meeting the needs of my peers and clients. It just means that I don't need a reason for every creation. I do the hokey pokey because I want to--and if I feel like putting my left arm in when it calls for the left foot, then so be it. If Peter Griffin (Family Guy) can make Rogers and Hammerstein into a sci-fi, ninja porno, then I could do worse.

That said, here are my 2010 New Years Resolutions:

  1. Write Everyday: I don't care if it's just one sentence. The one great thing about accomplishing NanoWriMo is the realization that a little effort really goes a long way.
  2. Reconnect with my Wiccan roots: I allowed someone to disuade me from pursuing a religion I was comfortable with. My happy medium for several years has been Buddhism. I'm ready to focus on what I really believe.
  3. Web Design Everyday: 15-30 mintes. This was instigated by Jennifer Kyrnin of
  4. Blog once a week.
What are your New Year's Resolutions for 2010?

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