I wrote about experiencing the first year of motherhood, second time round, at Everyday Family. Would you come read? I loved writing this post. Thank you.
The One Word phenomenon – where you choose a word that you will allow to guide you through the year. To me, it’s like an anchor, it lends a thoughtfulness to your actions, and in a way, keeps you accountable to your goals. So yes, I’m onboard.
Last year, my word was Calm. I like to believe that I did apply much of it to my life. And last year was a little crazy, to say the least. I’d say, I held onto Calm, 80% of the time. (how I came to derive this percentage, it’s all very scientific, I won’t go into it)
This year, the word ‘Do’ leapt out at me and punched me in the throat.
Instead of Thinking and Talking, I will Do.
Therein lies the difficulty.
There is one thing I need to Do more of. The one thing I really love, but am struggling with mightily.
It is part of my blog title. It is a part of who I believe I am. It is something I am paid to do. It is something I’ve been doing since I could hold a pencil.
Yet, I have been struggling with this for a while. This should be easy. This part – the writing. However, it has become most difficult.
I struggle with the what and the when. What do I write? When do I have time to write?
I struggle with my identity as a writer. I don’t think of myself as a writer. Writers read books about writing. Writers write everyday. Writers schedule time to write. I don’t do any of that. It makes me feel like less of a writer (disclaimer, I did not write this to ask you to praise my writing or tell me I am a real writer, I am merely letting you know how I feel about the whole ‘writerly’ thing).
So this year, I will simply Do. I will write. I will write when I can. I will write what comes into my mind and heart. I may not necessarily publish everything, but I will write.
The other thing I’ve been wanting to Do for a while, is to improve my photo taking. I have been interested in photography since I was a child, but I’ve never taken it very far. This year, I have embarked on a daily photo project (yes I remember last year when I abandoned it 3 months in because I couldn’t keep up, I also stopped doing the #PhotoADay prompts because it was getting too contrived) – in an effort to be better at something I rather enjoy.
My project is called Yellow and I’m documenting it all on my Tumblr blog – if you’re so inclined, follow me there and see what yellow things I am photographing. This could get interesting!
2013 – let’s do this.
What is your one word this year?