On Happiness: Savoring the Moment

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Hey guys! So… surprise! This is not a post about goal-setting. Here is the thing about goals: They don’t always proceed as expected. One needs contingency plans! What-if, if-then plans. For those times when, oh, you maybe get the flu when you were already not quite exactly on track. Sigh. It’s a work in progress. But let’s not call it a total bust, because – what, what?? I HAD A CONTINGENCY PLAN! I hope you enjoy it. Goal-setting illustrations coming next week. 

When I was 21, I spent a couple months
dragging an embarrassingly large backpack around Spain with my dear, darling, very tolerant friend, Shannon. We were in one of those tiny, dusty, crammed corner markets that seem to exist everywhere, and I wandered over to the stationery & craft stuff, as I do. I bought a little notebook, a pair of kids’ scissors and a glue stick. I think I imagined myself the cultured student, using the notebook to sketch famous artworks in the galleries we’d visit, though that doesn’t explain the glue stick and scissors… just your average stationery hoarding, I’d say.

We did try the sketching once, in a Picasso museum. Kinda awkward.

Instead, I ended up curled up in hostel bunks or smarmy little pensiones, surrounded by pocketfuls of maps, postcards and ticket stubs, doodling and gluing things into that notebook.

Keeping that notebook was weirdly enjoyable for me. Like, a lot more than I would have thought. Continue Reading

On Goal Setting: The Before Story

If you are reading this, it’s a sparkling moment for me, and not only because you’re here, although that is delightful.

It’s a special moment because the extremely improbable has occurred. If you are reading this, it will mean that I – the creative wanderer, the half-finisher, the tinkerer, the head-in-the-clouds dreamer, talker, never-doer – have fulfilled a much dreamed, tinkered, and talked-up goal. I have launched this blog.

Technically, I could have done it in a month or two. Instead, I’ve be “working on it” in my meandering fashion for more than two years now. Scribbling pictures, doodling thought webs, reading articles, filling my phone with cryptic messages to myself labelled “GREAT IDEA!!!” in the wee hours of the morn, and talking ears off ad infinitum. But now I’ve done it.

And so, friends, it is fitting that this is a post about goal-setting. Which I’m typically bad at, in case you hadn’t gathered. It’s the first in a series on goals, and effectively, a ‘before’ story, if I may be so bold. A little context for your pleasure and/or commiseration. Ahem.
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