Today's reverb10 prompt comes from author Tara Sophia Mohr:
What’s the thing you most want to achieve next year? How do you imagine you’ll feel when you get it? Free? Happy? Complete? Blissful? Write that feeling down. Then, brainstorm 10 things you can do, or 10 new thoughts you can think, in order to experience that feeling today.
Well. I think I've spent the better part of this month answering this question - what I want 2011 to look like, and how I want to get there. So for this prompt, I'm going to answer it this way: what do I want to achieve in January? And the answer is - I would like to have a joyful January. Heck, I'll even give it a name: Joyful January (clever, huh?). January is such a crap month - still dark, way cold, snow, too many months until spring - so here is how I want to add some sparkle to this upcoming first 30 days of 2011:
1) Power down. Spend significantly less time in front of the computer (unless it's for work). That includes my laptop and Blackberry. Reverb10 and NaBloPoMo have resulted in my face being annoyingly glued to a screen a lot of the time.
2) This may seem like it doesn't agree with number one up there, but I'd really like to keep up with the blogging on a regular basis. Sure, not every single day (and I'm pretty sure no one out there really wants to read every single day) but at least two or three times a week. Doing these two blogging projects has gotten me into a groove, and I don't want to waste it by disappearing for a month or more.
3) Plan and hold auditions for the show I am directing this winter/early spring, Rumors by Neil Simon. I heart this show so much - I tech directed it once and performed in it once and now I'm directing it - super-duper psyched about this. MAJORLY.
4) Buy flowers for myself on a regular basis. I do this often and it really perks the house - and me - up.
5) Log in at least 10 miles a week on my new Nikes.
6) Get psyched about my fave TV shows returning in January - my barren DVR queue will soon be full again!
7) Get a babysitter at least twice and go out with adult-style people. (Doing this tonight, actually!)
8) OK, I've be OD-ing on cookies and treats and that's OK. But I sure do notice how it doesn't make my stomach feel great. Go back to the better eating habits I started in the fall, and I will surely feel a lot better, and hopefully more energized. Cookie comas are not necessarily a good thing.
9) Might as well at least TRY to enjoy the New England weather. I choose to live here, so I will ATTEMPT to make the most of it. And really, it's not bad to have an excuse to sit in bed and read all day if it's storming outside, and Jane has taken a major liking to sledding....and without all of that pesky daylight and warm temps, I don't feel guilty for putting my PJs on immediately after coming home from work.
10) Who am I fooling? At least, by the end of January, it will still be light when I get home from work - and it only gets brighter from there.
And all of that? Will make me feel very, very happy.