It’s already over a month into 2012, and I’m just now getting my intentions for the year down in writing although they’ve been on my mind since the New Year’s class at the wonderful It’s All Yoga studio and haven for inspiration.
1) Spend my on-line time efficiently
No more sitting in front of the computer aimlessly wandering blogs, photos, social media, Twitter updates, NYT sections… In 2011, I fell in love with the constant stream of creativity, information, and inspiration, but I gradually realized that I just don’t have the time in my life now to consistently engage with it all. Life is too short to spend much free time in front of the computer screen! I’m still trying to figure out what will get the cut, but I know that much of it will happen naturally. What doesn’t serve me will float away and leave a tiny bit more space in my day for what I really need (sleep?).
I thought about this more after reading this from Raam Dev: “How much time do you spend reading what others are spending time doing? Does the activity add regular value to your life or is it a grab bag of occasional usefulness? Unless we learn to self-moderate, we will risk self-sabotage.”
This doesn’t mean that I will blog less. It just means that my time on-line will be spent better. Lately I’ve noticed that certain types of interaction are more rewarding than others (Instagram = all fun; travel forums = usually a waste of time and therefore gone!).
And speaking of blogging…
2) More blogging and related projects
2011 was actually a good blogging year for me despite the facts that I had little time to write due to the arrival of my second child in January, and that my main inspiration, travel, was not a huge part of my year. However, I set up this self-hosted site, started my Facebook and Google+ pages, used Instagram and Pinterest for more engagement, joined Travel Blog Success, started a Tumblr blog dedicated to my photos, joined in the ArtSmart Roundtable posts, and watched my site slowly but surely grow.
My blogging intention for 2o12 is to stay focused: to grow parts of my blog that inspire me and others, to continue building relationships with other bloggers that are rewarding to me, to get a couple of important things done (a snazzy logo and an advertising page), and to focus on the topics that inspire me to write.
I also intend to start planning some big trips, ones I have not been able to take due to the responsibilities of having 2 small children and working. Part of this will include researching possibilities for tours of the art in Italy, which I plan to lead in the next few years.
3) More fun!
I felt like I spent most of last year playing a catch-up game of one kind or another every weekday and weekend. Even my vacations were filled with tons of things to do. The busy-ness will not go away this year, and I’m embracing that because I have no option. I intend to make more of the time I do have no matter where I am or what I’m doing.
Over my winter break, we spent a few days on the coast and took several day-trips in Northern California, and I felt really inspired to continue traveling in California. But there will also be some big trips this year. The details are not yet finalized, but I know we will spend a few weeks in Brazil this summer, and I hope to take a couple other exciting trips this year.
What about you? What are your intentions for 2012 and beyond? What can you give up to allow more space for what’s important to you?