A couple of mornings ago, I woke up knowing my word.
My life and to-do lists and home are overly full. They are full of wonderful stuff, but too much stuff for me to deal with in a day. This is especially true in my writing life.
I want to write poetry, write books, mentor and teach other writers, visit schools, connect with educators, connect with readers, volunteer in some literacy capacity, create courses for writers, publish poetry in magazines, create imagepoems–
And the list goes on and on. There are just so many cool things to do. It’s an amazing world that fills me with awe. And I greedily want to do everything I want to do within that world, largely through my lens of writing and teaching.
My schedule is not maintainable. I just can’t get it all done. So, I need to clear stuff out. I want to do all of it, but I have to cross off what I want to do the least in order to make more room for what I want to do the most.
This morning is a great example. I didn’t sleep well and wandered downstairs at 4:30, rubbing my eyes, and made some cinnamon tea. I sat at the computer and thought, I have a whole hour–I can do 3 blog posts. Then I went to Canva to make a graphic for my OLW. And suddenly, 45 minutes were gone. I’ve never had difficulty with Canva, but this morning, I couldn’t find the image I wanted, couldn’t get the fonts right, etc. 45 minutes. On one little graphic. Finally I dragged my zillion layers of paths through forests and empty highways and beautiful fonts in all the wrong colors to the trash can icon and got smart. And came here to write instead.
Really, I feel more like decluttering my mind, but de-anything sounds like a removal, a loss. And I know I will gain by clearing. So I’m going to call it clearing–my brain, my schedule, my home. Keeping only what matters most to me, in a very thoughtful way. At least…that’s my hope:>)
I like the way some of y’all shared how you were going to focus on and implement your OLW in different ways throughout the year. I’m going to think about that some this week. I do know that for January, my efforts toward
will be all about my goals for the year. I’ve already set them. Now I’m going to go back and cut at least 1/3 of them out. I can’t accomplish my most cherished goals if I’m spending too much time trying to create a graphic to show a goal to you!
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