I hate the term “resolutions”. I guess resolutions sound so static—a list of clearly defined things I want to accomplish. I’m too creative to nail down all the exact details, because I know they will be adjusted along the way. Also, I’ve found that life is messy. There’s too many things out of our control. We need to head in a certain direction, but be able to do mid-course corrections. So, here are my goals!
MOVE TO A SUNNIER CLIMATE
I already have applications out there, so I’m taking steps. But, this one is something I can’t completely control. I can’t make someone hire me. Even if I had my own business, which I’ve started to take steps toward, I still would need clients. Somewhere along the way, I need someone to pay me to do what I do!
I see two main reasons behind my desire to move. First, Ohio is a living hell. It’s constantly grey. It’s even grey in the summer. It’s not uncommon to go a week in June or July where sun never touches the ground. And, once October hits, the long dark grey begins and lasts for about eight months.
A second reason is that my dad passed away last year. Akron is no longer my childhood home. After the staleness of death, I want newness—a new area of the country, new things to explore, new people to meet. I don’t want to be surrounded by the things of my childhood. When my dad died, something of my childhood died, and the attachment to the homeland of my childhood is no longer there.
GET IN BETTER SHAPE
This one is pretty self-explanatory. But, I don’t just want to be somewhat healthy. No, I want to get back to the level of an athlete—with a pulse down in the 40’s, single-digit body fat, and renewed strength and stamina. It may take a while for me to get there, but once someone has been in this type of condition, that is the type of condition they want to be in.
START SPEAKING AND TRAINING IN CREATIVITY
Five years ago I declared myself a freelance writer and speaker. I even put it on my LinkedIn profile. Since that time, I have made some money doing it, so I can consider it a job. It’s been a way for me to monetize my hobbies. When I declared that, I was thinking it would eventually become a career. I wasn’t sure all the details, but I believe in life you can’t wait for all the details. If there’s an itch, you have to scratch and see where it heads.
Now, things are starting to come into focus. I want to focus on speaking and training people on creativity. I’ve written a book on it. I’ll likely need to write a second book that contains activities to spur creativity. I’m organizing information into a non-linear PowerPoint, so I’ll have a starting point to speak about it. I’m writing some song parodies on creativity, which I can incorporate into training and seminars. I’ll need to start small and see where it heads—probably just as a volunteer speaker. Then, maybe a small seminar. The details will start to become clearer. I’m starting to see the groundwork being laid.
So, there you have it. These are three things I’d like to work on for next year. Wish me luck. This will likely be the last blog of 2016 for me!