Today is my birthday. My 42nd birthday, to be precise.
In The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, 42 is the answer to the ultimate question of Life, the Universe and Everything. I see no reason why I shouldn’t base a personal life philosophy on a random idea in a work of fiction, so I have decided that this is the year I should get my own life sorted. If Douglas Adams is to be believed, my chances of discovering the meaning and purpose are much better this year than any other, right?
It is time for me to set some goals, work out what my priorities are, create a wish list of places and ideas I want to explore and generally get some direction in my life. I could have done this earlier in life, I guess, but surely doing all these things while 42 lends the whole process a far deeper and more philosophical tone. Either that, or it demonstrates that I’ve finally lost my tenuous grasp on the difference between fiction and reality. I guess we’ll find out over the next 12 months.
The past few years have been challenging for a variety of reasons. I started 2013 determined to head in a more positive direction. I don’t feel like I’ve achieved very much, but I think I have managed to get myself in a much better position mentally. I feel like I’m now in a ready to make the changes I need to make. I’ve talked about it before, but honestly I was far too fragile to make any major decisions.
I still have a long way to go, of course. I still feel awkward and uncertain and I get a little panicky when plans change unexpectedly or when I have to deal with something I’m not prepared for. My confidence in myself is returning, however, and I think I can now cope with making some of the decisions I have been putting off for a while.
This year, I plan to focus on myself – being brave enough to set some personal and professional goals and then work towards achieving them. I’m going to pursue my writing goals more proactively and I’m going to create a personal Wish List, inspired by Karen Andrews Living List (you can find it here at her Miscellaneous Mum website). I’m going to list the places I want to visit, the things I want to learn, the events and activities I want to experience.
I’m going to revamp this blog with a whole new design thanks to the lovely and talented Tina Snerling of Tiny Concept. I’m going to start up a blog/website focused on my writing services as well. Time to take what I do seriously. I’m looking forward to becoming involved in the local sub-branch of the CBCA, joining the Hunter Writers’ Centre and taking part in more local writing activities. I would love to do some courses on writing for children, writing non-fiction and editing/proofreading.
I also want to get more organised. Not obsessive organised, but some kind of routine and less clutter, both physical and mental. To this end, I have enrolled in the My 15 Minutes workshop run by Emma Grey from Work Life Bliss and Audrey Thomas from ChickChat Coaching.
If you don’t already follow WorkLifeBliss on Facebook or visit the website, you should. Emma has some wonderful, practical, down-to-earth advice that is really motivating without all that annoying pom-poms in your face, rah-rah, isn’t life super amazing hype.
I love this from the Work Life Bliss homepage (only a few points from the entire post):
Choose what makes your soul sing.
Fuel your body and mind with the things that make you strong. Fit the oxygen mask to yourself first, and be clear-headed to help those who matter most to you.
Quit running from what you don’t want. Stop climbing into bed wondering where the day went. Direct your day with vision and boundaries and assertiveness.
Live the life you want for the children in your life.
Tell yourself what you would whisper in their ears.
The decision to aim to achieve all these, and more, is my birthday gift to myself. I deserve it.