In this episode, Michelle discusses why New Year's Resolutions weren't flexible enough for her. She also offers an alternative: a yearly word.
Resources and Takeaways
- Goals, in general, are great ways to stay focused, but New Year's Resolutions just weren't flexible enough for me. I also made lists that were WAY too long. (See examples of my resolutions lists here.)
- Because my priorities often changed throughout the year, and I wanted a way to stay focused that also offered flexibility, in 2015, I opted for a yearly word. I discovered this method via Alena Hennessey's Year of Painting e-course. Susannah Conway also mentions this practice.
- I talk more about e-courses that have helped me on my creative journey, including A Year of Painting, in podcast episode 5.
- In 2015, my word was gather, so that I could focus on personal renewal and not put pressure on myself to produce. For 2016, I'm still choosing between share/cultivate/foster, though I'm leaning toward share. I'll be illustrating my 2016 word and posting on Instagram.
- Resolutions aren't bad! But it was a system that wasn't working for me.
- If you'd like to come up with your own word, make a short list (3-5 items) of goals and see if there is a theme. Choose a word that coincides with the theme and can be interpreted flexibly.
- Fun announcement! On January 4, 2016, I'll be starting a weeklong podcast series titled "Everything I know about..." that will discuss my inspirations that have helped me on my knowledge journey.
- Another fun announcement! Want to start the year off with some creative inspiration? Sign up for my free #MuseMoments challenge, which begins Tuesday, January 5, 2016!
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00:00 - Introduction
00:20 - Happy Holidays!
00:30 - Around this time of year, people make new year's resolutions
01:01 - "I get overwhelmed by looking at your list!"
01:50 - My new year's goals didn’t stay important to me
06:00 - Resolutions are very wonderful in theory
06:25 - A new system
07:24 - The better way
07:40 - Better painting
08:07 - My word for 2015 was gather
09:01 - More information on e-courses that helped me explore yearly words can be found in podcast episode 5
09:20 - Gathering
10:05 - A year of receiving
10:15 - A year of experimenting
10:55 - 2016 words: share/cultivate
11:24 - 2016's focus on giving
11:56 - Spotlight on sharing
12:15 - Yearly words provide a focus that resolutions don't
13:05 - All this isn’t to say that resolutions are bad. If they work for you, do them!
13:39 - Ideas for coming up with your own word
14:57 - After choosing a word, illustrate it
15:53 - Loss of focus and importance are why I've ditched resolutions and am now using a yearly word
16:08 - Big announcement 1: On January 4, I'll be posting an episode each week for a new series, "Everything I Know About..." This series will highlight some of my practical skills and those who have helped me along the way. It will be chock full of stories and resources!
17:44 - Big announcement 2: #MuseMoments, the bi-monthly writing and art prompt e-mail series I've conducted since September 2015, will continue in January 2016. For more info and to sign up, go to my website.
19:20 - Signing off