Saturday, February 16, 2013

what will I do?

Dr. Christi Hegstad, a wonderful coach & friend of mine, has been establishing annual themes for her life for many years. I decided to try it last year and for 2012 chose PHYSICAL. It represented both my physical being and my physical environment. Whenever faced with a decision, I tried (when I remembered) to ask myself which option would best align with my theme? It was a nice way to keep my choices true to what I wanted to focus on. The result? A lighter, healthier & more energetic me, a redecorated bathroom and a remodeled kitchen (nearly complete anyway). This theme stuff works!

When it came time to set a theme for 2013, I gave a lot of thought to what’s important to me – what I’m passionate about. Every time I thought about it, animals topped the list. I’d donated funds to animal causes all my adult life. It was time to actively participate in some way as well. Another passion bubbled towards the top too. As much as I enjoyed the remodeling project (hubby and I work well together on household projects), I sorely missed playing in my craft room and being creative. I can count on one hand the number of times I tinkered in my craft room last year – and I told myself it would receive higher priority this year. So, animals, volunteering and craft time all floated about in my head for days as I tossed around themes. Suddenly the other day a word popped up that, at first so simple, I nearly dismissed it. Further consideration, however, revealed it to be perfect. The universe seems to agree because ever since I selected it, I see this word and its message everywhere.


I know, simple, right? I like the message of JUST DO IT, but don’t want to always be thinking about Nike, so that’s out. DOING IT is great because it’s active, but might be misinterpreted and I don’t want to get a bunch of blog hits/comments from folks thinking it’s suggestive in nature. Nope – DO was/is it. Plus, I’m a planner and can get so wrapped up in researching, planning and thinking through all possible options, that I’m tired of a project before I even start it, or have allowed fear to tell me how I won’t succeed so why start, etc.  DO is what I need to DO. When it hit me how it plays perfectly into my blog and business name, it sealed the deal. Sweet.

So, what am I going to do? You’ll see that over the course of the year. For now, if you’d like to learn more about annual themes, check out Christi’s blog. You can also visit the blog of the talented Debi Minter for inspiration.

I’ll leave you with this fitting TED Talk I discovered today from Young-ha Kim:



Sheila Null said...

Does this mean I get to play with you again soon? I will be creating on fridays for sure. Let me know if and when you would like to play! ....sheila

Christi Hegstad said...

What a wonderful post, Di! I'm inspired by how you are bringing so many of your passions and joys together with your theme. And I love the simplicity and focus of "DO" - such a great reminder for those of us who love to "plan" and sometimes forget to actually "do". :-) Thank you for generously sharing your art and the thoughts behind it through your blog. It's fantastic!