illustration by izak zenou
with the start of the new year and the flurry of articles and blog posts on resolutions, i have been thinking a lot about my own goals for the new year, goals for james and my relationship.
i don't know that i will write down a list of resolutions this year. although i'm the goal-oriented, list-loving type, i want 2013 to be more about intention and cultivating a lifestyle that makes me happy.
emily's resolve to leave work earlier, av's get real pledge, and this article reminded me that being plugged in 24/7 isn't what energizes, motivates, or inspires me. it leaves me feeling drained, really. this blog is absolutely a creative outlet for me and i love the interaction i have with my readers through it. that being said, there's a huge part of me that needs to shut off the screens and create with my hands. to write the old-fashioned way. to get out and do.
i think it's particularly challenging for bloggers because we want to be accessible. we don't want to miss out and we definitely don't want people to forget about us. i feel pressured to keep up with the "big guys" by posting amazing, perfectly designed content daily, but the fact of the matter is that i have a full-time job that i actually really like, a marriage to nurture, and hobbies and interests outside blogging that make me happy.
so, this year, i'm going to take some of that pressure off. i removed the GFC counter from my home page, i'm not going to stress over my stats, and i'm going to show myself some grace. i will work hard to unplug more often and for longer periods of time. i will encourage my husband to do the same so we can enjoy our time together without distractions. i will read more books, play more music, explore more of my city, and get together with my friends more often.