Creative resolutions and goal-setting

Creative resolutions and possible goals for the year keep drifting into my thoughts as I begin 2017. Hopes, dreams and aspirations also fade in and out.  I think about possible long- and short-term plans, as well as about making changes. Already I feel overwhelmed. It’s time to do things differently.

My creative resolutions for2017

My past resolutions, wonderful as they have often been at the beginning of a new year, always seem to have been thwarted and that has led to a sense of failure and despondency. Creative resolutions, on the other hand, can be fluid, changeable.

Goal-setting is a different activity. I’m quite good at deciding what I want and making plans that look good on paper and which I frequently achieve.

There are  are things I’m looking forward to in the coming year and plenty  to do.

  • John had a knee reconstruction before Christmas and we’re both looking forward to him feeling better and being fully active again.
  • My work, but not my involvement, at the Spirit of the Streets Choir will finish mid-year with the production of a book to commemorate the choir’s tenth anniversary.
  • We’ve ordered a new camper-van which will be delivered in March.  I’ll write more about that, I’m sure.

I’ll turn eighty in November, and I want this year to be my year. I want 2017 to be different from  other years as part of my celebration. I’m grateful for the blessings of good health;  a dear husband; a loving, large and still-growing family; friends, my home and garden. I’m grateful that I have the energy and the opportunity to work, to learn, to satisfy my curiosity and creativity.

Creative resolutions

This year, I’m aiming for quality of life, not only achievements. Achievements, if there are any, will be a by-product, not an end. I would like to think that by this time next year,  I will have softer edges and greater serenity.

Garden serenity

I hope it is not too late to

  • Live as fully as I can in the present moment
  • Respond, rather than react, to people, events and creative promptings
  • Create pockets and vistas of beauty in our house and garden
  • Express gratitude for simple blessings
  • Be active every day
  • Smile more.

This is not a list of resolutions so much as a desire for change of direction with endless possibilities.

Happy and serene New Year!

8 thoughts on “Creative resolutions and goal-setting

  1. I love your creative resolutions, especially your intent to ‘respond rather than react’. That’s one I’d like to remember!
    How wonderful that you are approaching eighty with such a rich, active and creative life (having already lived a very full life, from what I’ve read about you on this blog!). You must be such an inspiration to your family and friends.
    (Also, I know this is superficial and silly, but you don’t remotely look your age!!)

    • Hi, Fiona. Thanks for your lovely comments. Yes, my life has been very full and active with its share of good and bad times, I must add. But on balance, it has been good and I’m very lucky to be fit, active and healthy.

      I do love that photo, too. It is a very recent one, taken at the wedding of one of my sons in November. My older daughter and I were standing in the foyer of the hotel when she took snapped it on her phone.

  2. You’re so active, you leave most of us in your wake, Maureen! I love your creative resolutions, and I’m looking forward to hearing all about the camper van—I have a bit of a fetish for them, actually, and it’s a long held dream of mine to own one and be able to take off whenever and wherever I please!
    Best wishes to you, and long may your good health continue! x

    • Lovely to hear from you, as always, Louise. Glad you like my resolutions for 2017. I’m looking forward to this year. Our families are a bit bemused by our camper-van plans. My sister and her husband have just driven over the Nullabor and back in their caravan, my brother is turning an old Coaster bus into a van, building everything himself, and it seems that there’s a bit of a shared activity among us siblings. Our plans are very modest. And exciting.

  3. I love your resolutions – you have obviously put a lot of thought into them, whereas I generally run with “lose weight, get fitter, be more tolerant!”, and sadly I seldom tick the box beside any of them by year’s end! I am very excited by your news of the camper van……. how wonderful …such freedom…. you will have many tales to tell over this coming year I’m sure. Happy 2017 to both you and John.

    • Thanks, Rachel. I’ve done the ‘lose weight, get fitter, be more tolerant’ for decades, and always feel dissatisfied and fed up by the second week of January. It was well and truly time to think of a different way.

      Our camper van will be a wonderful new direction for John and me, although after we ordered it, the Dwellingup house became a definite destination, also. But who says we can’t have both? Compared to other peoples’ caravans, ours is a sort of Wendy House, a little play house, but quite big enough for the oldies. The lovely thing is that it packs down and pops up very easily, and we don’t have to tow an enormous van behind us. This way, we can both tow, which I like. It will be delivered in March, which means John’s knee will be better and we can go off on mini-holidays whenever we like.

      Happy New Year to you and Richard.

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