It’s December 31st, which is technically the final day of my project. To recap, my project was to write morning pages daily (as created by Julia Cameron’s The Artists Way) and to blog about the experience. I figured if my life could change inside the 12 weeks of doing The Artists Way, how could my life change if I did the course for a year? My plan was to find my true artistic calling.
- I wrote about 345 morning pages.
- I wrote 302 blog entries.
Not too shabby. I didn’t commit to blogging daily, but I did alright on that count.
And how did my life change as a result of doing this project?
- I found my true artistic calling (Read about the discover here.)
- I quit my job as a copywriter in an ad agency. Actually, I quit being a copywriter all together.
- I decided to travel for a very, very long time, starting sometime in early 2011
- I made a commitment to keep this blog up in 2011 (cheers hear throughout the world)
Not too shabby either.
Now I wonder, like many of us, what to do with 2011. This blog project started as a New Year’s resolution. What is my 2011 New Year’s resolution?
- Improving my score? To write morning pages and a blog entry for 365 days. But what’s the end result? Perfection? What’s the point in that? I don’t want to make this drudgery.
- Make my blog bigger? Figure out ways to have a bigger audience, have a sharp curve up in my Google Analytics… become a BLOGGING SUPERSTAR. But then the small voice inside said, “I just want to write my blog because it’s fun, not because of what it can become.
- Just do more sit ups? No. Thanks.
A friend of mine and I once discussed the true meaning of success. We agreed that if we could measure success by the amount of laughs we had in a day rather than our bank balance or pants size, we’d be the most successful people ever. We were very good at amusing ourselves.
That got me thinking about definitions of success. How can I have a successful 2011? By measuring the amount of countries I visit? By the friends I make? By the relationships I maintain? By the love life I create? Children I create? A house in the Hamptons? (That last one definitely won’t happen. And the one before that… um, that would depend on the one before that and the one before that, which depends on the one before that… though I wonder if that one depends on the one before that.)
That sentence was exhausting.
I’m somewhat perplexed about how to proceed in 2011, so I’m asking for your help. Dear reader, what is your resolution? And how do you plan on making 2011 a success?
Ooh, maybe I’ll measure the success of 2011 by the amount of blog comments I get. Oh how I love your blog comments.
That’s all a bit much.
Ya, no pressure. Anyway, happy new year. We’ve had a good run in 2010. And we’re just getting started.
P.S. If one of your goals for 2011 involves earning a degree, which is always a good thing, here
is a great place to start!
P.P.S. If you need an end-of-the-year donation, might I recommend my fave Architecture for Humanity. Or pick from your favorite charities in Ed Norton’s Crowdrise.com. As they say, “Crowdrise is about raising money for charity and having the most fun in the world while doing it.” Fun? Yes, please.