At the beginning of last year I wrote a short list of things I intended to do over the year. It wasn't the usual list of lose weight, stop spending money, eat right, but instead a list of things I thought would make me a happier and better person if I managed to keep them in mind. I gave up on resolutions a while ago, and tend to examine my life in Feb to see if anything's changed.
It came out to a list of six things:
- make a fabric postcard every day
- talk to friends more, every couple of days
- knit all the socks from the Blue Moon Sock Club, when they come in
- call my mother more, at least every other day
- ride the new bike when the weather is above 45 degrees
- ride horses whenever the opportunity presents itself, no sloping off after cleaning stalls just because you can't face a particular horse or don't quite feel like it
postcards? check. I learned a lot about exercising my creativity, and why exactly I've been buying all that
cool stuff that is cluttering up my workroom and all kinds of things. I am thinking of a more detailed report on the postcards later.
Talk to friends? mixed. I can always visit with people I like more, I think I improved it some but there's room for more talking,
knit Blue Moon Sock of the Month? failed, almost utterly. I started the first pair and they made me grumpy and unhappy and I've turned the heel and failed the cabling exercise on the cuff and now I have to frog them and do it better and at the moment I hate them. Then I kept from starting any of the subsequent ones because I was holding the first over my own head in a "finish your vegetables first" kind of way. (yeesh - mixed metaphors and all, that is an UGLY sentence!) So even though I kind of want to knit the last two, I haven't started them yet. And I stopped knitting until I stepped away from the Blue Moon fibers entirely and got something that spoke to me and knit my own pattern the way I like. I finished them just before Christmas but haven't managed to post them yet. My conclusion? I am not a knit along kind of soul. I am OK with patterns in books but better with a recipe I can pull out of my head and follow.
call your mother? needs improvement. say no more.
ride your bike? I could do a lot more of this. Whenever I do ride, it makes me happy. I don't ride around town for errands because I hate dealing with the traffic at three intersections that I have to go through. I keep thinking there have to be better ways, but I've ridden all over town and it is just easier to walk for most of the errands in the middle. I could try to use the bike for grocery shopping. Maybe that could make an intention for next year.
Ride horses? did great while I had a barn with an indoor ring and horses I liked. When I got busted back to a horse that made me ache, I stopped. Stopped over the summer. Restarted at two barns in the fall but chose the one with no sheltered riding for the winter, which makes the whole ride all year thing kind of difficult. I may need to think about how intent I am on riding, and what exactly I want to get out of it.
On the whole? one rousing success, one abject failure (with introspection) and 4 mixed, with some excuses. I can either add them onto the list for next year, or go for a new list from scratch. I think my hope for the intentions is that new habits would become an integral part of what I do, so I could think about adding other things to the list in the future. Although some were just tests, to see if the thing itself was fun (a sock of the month club - apparently not fun for me) or uplifting or energizing. Or spreading joy. Whatever.
I'll work on the set of intentions for 2008, and post them when the year has changed.