Around the holidays last year, I wrote a blog about gifts for yourself. Not physical gifts, but gifts of the spirit. These were actually gifts that I started thinking about around Christmas that turned into New Year's resolutions. I guess they could be called giftolutions. Here are some of my giftolutions from last year: the gift of time to write, the gift of saying no to tasks that don't help me reach my goals, the gift of doing nothing for an afternoon instead of juggling a dozen different errands.
So how did I do? So-so.
I finished another manuscript, though taking much longer than I wanted to. I did pretty good at saying no to tasks that didn't help me reach my goals, although there were plenty of tasks connected to my goals that kept me busy. That meant my goal of doing nothing rarely happened.
However, I like the idea of giftolutions enough to do it again. So what's on my list this year?
-- The gift of dreams; ones that are a bit scary and a lot exciting.
-- The gift of time AND focused energy to pursue those dreams, writing-related and others.
-- That gift of saying no to tasks that don't help me reach my goals is a keeper for this year also.
-- The gift of a regular artist's date (as Julia Cameron would say) to refill the creative well.
-- New socks. (Hey, I need to have one practical gift!)
So my giftolutions are very similar to last year's, but refined a bit. How about you? What's the best gift you could give yourself?