Thursday, 10 January 2013

2013: Goals, Dreams and Wishes

Hi all,

Those of you who are following me on Instagram likely know that my grandmother (or Bubba, as we called her) passed away yesterday afternoon.  Till the end she was fiercely independent, sharp as a tack, and a staunch supporter of the arts.  I will remember her fondly particularly for that last point.  An avid theatre goer, my Bubba introduced me to many fine Canadian works of performing arts, most notably when she had to give up two tickets to a "puppet show" I wasn't sure I'd actually like.  The show was Ten Days On Earth by Canadian director, designer and master performer Ronnie Burkett; the puppets immaculate marionettes manipulated by Ronnie himself - and only Ronnie.  This performance would and continues to inspire me, sparking my imagination as to the depth and range of feeling and emotion portrayed by the supposedly inanimate.  I never would have had that without the thoughtfulness of my Bubba Eve.

Her funeral is tomorrow, and as such I must head to Toronto after I finish work today.  There will be no Super Brunch Sunday post tomorrow, and indeed I fumbled on properly putting together a post for today as I tried to pack (I seem to have no clothing that's really funeral appropriate right now!), work out travel arrangements, and realize that she is actually gone.  This woman was given 6 months to live nearly a decade ago, and quite honestly I think we thought she would outlive us all, fueled on determination alone. Makes me want to be a little more determined myself.

Thusly, I present to you all, my goals for 2013.  I've never been a resolution maker, but I'm taking a stab at some general lifestyle changes I would like to see in myself in the next 12 months, and some rewards I have honestly earned, but haven't allowed myself to indugle in yet.  life is too short, and if not now, when? 

Okay. Enough seriousness, here we go.

In 2013 I hope to:

  • blog 4 times a week
  • complete my 365 Days of iPhone Photos project
  • complete one photo-an-hour post for each month 
  • save my pennies and purchase a new laptop to replace the 8 year old glorified paperweight
  • take a trip
  • create more, and consume less Netflix (or knit while I watch!)
  • read 6 books (this makes me sad.  how did it come to this?!)
  • create an online portfolio
  • look into continuing education
  • take my camera with me more (and invest in a serious camera bag)
  • invest more time and effort into friendships, old and new
  • send 6 pieces of snail mail
  • build a small business
  • exercise twice a week
  • take life drawing classes
  • get a car
Now, most of those goals with a number associated with them is a hopeful minimum.  I'd certainly be happier with going to the gym more than twice a week, but twice is still an improvement (and I pushed myself too hard the one day I managed to go this week, not remembering I've been away for so long! I still can't get my left arm quite straight... hurts so good, haha!).

Have you created any goals for this year? Let's all get the most out of 2013 that we can!



    1. I'm sorry to hear about your Bubba; she sounds like a lovely woman.

      I have sixty goals for this year. SIXTY. And a 365. I must be mad.

      1. 60?!
        Well I just feel like an under achiever, now! I love that you've got a separate place to tick off all of those goals. Makes it seem extra special!


    2. I'm so sorry to hear about your Bubba. My thoughts are with you and your family.

      And for your list, I think its great. I've never been one for official new years resolutions, but I have a few ideas I would like to work out. And as far as the snail mail goes, I can TOTALLY help you out with that one :)

      1. Thank you Lauren. I feel so terribly that I live out of town and won't be around to help my family with the shivah; this was my step mothers only remaining parent, and she has her hands more than full!

        I would LOVE to be "concrete" pen pals officially!! You've got yourself a deal.

    3. Sorry to hear about your news

      Your new year resolutions are all very good ones in my opinion! Good luck with them all :)

    4. I'm so sorry about your Bubba, my thoughts are with you and the rest of your family. She sounds like an amazing lady. I love your Resolutions, I need to get back into reading too, and I love the idea of sending out some snail mail too, I used to love having penpals when I was young but was always terrible at keeping in touch consistently xo

    5. I am sorry to hear about your gram. Big hug, friend. <<<>>>> And, in regard to resolutions they are all great! I am always aiming to read more, watch less, craft more, etc. :) I am also a huge fan of sending snail mail. I also love getting mail that is not bills. Just makes my day!

    6. So sorry to hear about your grandmother. Your goals for 2013 are great!

      <3 Melissa

    7. Great goals, wish you the best luck with them. I have like 65 goals, a few of them are 365, i think i'm crazy for it but still, i'm giving it a try.
      I'm so sorry for your lost, you and your family will be on my prays the rest of the week.

    8. I love these goals! I am also doing a 365 project!! I hope I can keep up with it.
      Almost Endearing

    9. I am sending you good thoughts and positive energy through the interwebs! Feel better soon!

      I love your list of goals...they are so inspiring!

    10. Big hugs, my friend. So sorry to hear about your loss- sounds like you've had some amazing times with her. Your list of goals is great- we have quite a few in common! I'm jealous of your car-free life, Phoenix is such a driving city. I would love to be able to get around more without it!


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