101 things

A while back, I signed up for this 101 things in 1001 days thing. I have not been as on track with this as perhaps I would like and some of my goals have been re-evaluated or left behind altogether, but I have accomplished a few of the goals on my list and that is something anyway.

What I’ve learned from this exercise is that I absolutely suck at arbitrary time and production deadlines. I can’t say “knit twelve sweaters by X date.” and make that happen. I will get busy, not have the money for the yarn, forget the camera, get sick, whatever. Obstacles galore. But I am pretty good at aiming in a general direction, say, “Knit more sweaters.” and then making some quantifiable progress towards that end. I’m learning a ton about my process, if not actually being super accomplished about production. I’m learning how to set reasonable goals for myself and how to translate “I want to do X.” into something that I can make happen in reality. This is good. I’m proud of this. I’m proud of the stuff I did and proud of the stuff I just did better. It’s all moving forward, you know?

I really don’t know what this year will bring. I guess overall, what I’d like to really do is live with a little more intention. I’d like to continue this trend of going in a more forward direction. I’d like to be a little more effective and purposeful. If I get to cross off some stuff from my list on the way, if I find new stuff, great. I just want to do. In fact, things have changed. I may have a new list entirely. One that is a lot more sustainable to me. It seems to be evolving into something simpler, but more profoundly satisfying, as I go.

More deep thoughts later, on the idea of too many choices, but I have a kid to get to school at 6am so I’d better say goodnight now.


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Owner and Maker at Maia Rainwood Design. Wearable art for wise women, birth keepers, witches, and world-builders.
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3 Responses to 101 things

  1. Mouse says:

    Ooh.. I love that photographer’s photos — especially the ones of Rachel Brice & Zoey Jakes. I haven’t made my 2009 uberlist yet because I pretty much suck at resolutions or knitting on deadlines “for fun”.

  2. eightfoldrabbit says:

    Oh I know, aren’t they amazing? We’ve got this great idea for a sort of composed family shot of the 4 of us, it’s a little circusy and a little fantastic. When we’ve got the money together to pay her fees (she is NOT cheap) we’ll see if we can make it a reality.

  3. Knitnana says:

    I think that probably most folks don’t do the “set in stone” resolution thing well. General, sweeping…I’d like to get more healthy…sorts of “plans” work better for me.

    If I can change one thing? It’s a step in the right direction. And since it takes 31 days (or some such) for a new habit to become ingrained, I hang onto that one thing for a month, and then move on….

    But I love the beginning of the year for making me stop and THINK about what I would like to see different in my life.
    Happy New Year!

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