I believe it is customary this time of year to consider the year gone by...
I look back at 2009 and am pleased that I achieved my first Project365. I am also disappointed that I gave up losing weight and, pretty much, became a distant relative with the gym.
2009 saw a building up of connections with likeminded people in and around Glasgow. I'm not sure how many folks I met for coffee in 2009 but, by the way Stephanie gave me a mug when Starbucks shut, I don't think it was inconsequential. I want to continue to use and channel this influence for good... for encouragement and inspiration.... and not for regret or the chasing of "what might have been".
2009 brought into focus that I am part of the Salvation Army... albeit... an outlier. I will feed wherever I can but will gravitate towards my denomination in the vain hope that change can & will occur as a result. If only one person "gets it" as a result of my influence then I will have succeeded.
2009 also saw me move on from the first incarnation of ((deep))... which is a decision I still question 4 months on. I think I have something to give within the context of a "divisional fellowship"... and need to explore how this may work.
I believe it is also customary this time of year to lay out the changes in our lives that we are resolved to make. I currently have 18 things on 43things.com that I am working on. I say working on... because I see life as a journey of ups and downs... and not something that is all or nothing. Life takes work.
These things are as follows (in now particular order):
There is no proper order... and some are more important than others. For example, is it fair for me to attempt to paint when there are chores that need done?
- I want to learn to pray everyday
- I want to read my Bible everyday
- I want to keep the podcast moving/evolving/growing in its reach and influence... continuing to spread stories worth listening to.
- I want to see a coming-together of people passionate about prayer and open the door for some form of 24-7 expression in Glasgow as an extension of ((deep)).
- I want to develop my photography - both digital & 35mm
- I want to read more - 12 books in 2010 at least
- I want to develop my blog with a focus on quality
- I want to comment more - on blogs & flickr especially
- I want to learn more about painting & develop this creative outlet
- I want to exercise more - go to the gym & ride my bike more
- I want to lose weight :: 18 - 24 lbs in 1 year
- Get a tattoo
- I want to develop "a hint of bergamot" into a photography collective
- I want to refresh my French
- I want to visit Paris with Olly & the we'ans
- I want to learn to cook
- I want to pull my weight more with the household chores
- I want to use my influence for good
They are all inter-related in some manner or another... the idea is for me to use the time given to me to the best I can. If I was to group them as a "theme" it would be to do stuff... and, in doing this stuff... get off my MacBook Pro.
I think I spend too much time online... and its not always productive. I want to use my time more productively. To consume... yes... but also to contribute and participate in the communities I am part of... both off and on line.
I got up before 7am this morning. I had trouble with phlegm (nice!) and was dreaming about "problogger" for some reason. Anyway... I got up to make a cup of tea (Olly's idea) and took my MacBook Pro with me. So far... I've been on Flickr, Facebook, Tumblr, eBay, Wikipedia, Camerapedia and Google Reader. I've also been on TeeFury, 43 things and... obviously.... Blogger.
I can't escape this. It is part of who I am. I just need to make it more productive... more valuable... more uplifting. I try not to watch junk on TV... and limit myself in front of the box. I now need to do the same with my online activity. I need to make it count.
Anyway... we'll see how this journey pans out. Please check in with me now and again. Ask me the following the next time we meet... "how are you getting on with your 43 things... even though you are only doing 18?!"
Lastly... I leave you with a challenge. I've been open about my 2009... and my plans for 2010. What did you think of 2009 and what are your plans for 2010?