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Hello 2014.

I recently came across a guiding quote in this fantastic book I'm reading:

Trying without doing is wishing rather than choosing. You either have a plan in place or you are choosing not to act. "This being the case, how shall I proceed?" is a Zen saying that shows the automatic, assertive progression from circumstance to action.
- David Richo in "How to be an Adult"

Oh, the promise of new beginnings, new opportunities, new versions of ourselves... There are some ways of being I've been learning this past year that I am planning to continue with this coming year, so I thought I'd share them. These ways of being form my plan - or at least the base of it. The rest is all details for now.

In the last couple weeks, I've come across other people talking about having a life to-do list of projects or things you want to accomplish. Sure, I've had an infrequently updated 43things account for years, but some of the things on there are less concrete, and not really about actual tangible things I want to do.

I've been feeling really overwhelmed with all the things I want to do, and not knowing where to start, so I took the time yesterday to start my life to-do list. I'm hoping this will help me be able to focus on fewer things at a time and actually do them, rather than just thinking of doing everything while not doing anything.

Here is my list (note, it's not in any particular order):

Life to-do list

Before we get started, here's some new LCD Soundsystem for your listening enjoyment...

Much of my thoughts go like an agile retrospective these days... project management is permeating my thinking patterns.

Good

springy flowers

  1. Quiet
  2. Going back to the office
  3. Spring flowers
  4. Views ninja skillz
  5. Dropping my good camera hard and it being completely fine
  6. Clean desk
  7. Digesting = Energy
  8. Amazing girlfriends (even when some are far away)
  9. Apricot pate
  10. New Jay Malinowski album

I waffled back and forth on whether to even make intentions for this coming year (and then whether to publish them anywhere). I had been practicing existing without having a plan, and just seeing where life takes me. Thing is, having ended up in a place I didn't expect, I never really thought about where my current self could go. It's all fine and good seeing where things go, but I don't like just letting life happen to me, I want to make the life I want a reality. And so, it becomes time to think about what that means. It's fine if these intentions aren't fulfilled, there is no failure, there is only learning and doing better next time.

1. Cease to act based on fear. Go on the offensive in all aspects of life.

2. Remember how to hope, how to be ambitious. (And know that it doesn't jinx me, creating expectations that can't be met.)

Intestine Socks!

My gosh, I don't know if things are actually really crazy right now, or if I'm just burnt out and tired of my stomach giving me grief.  Whatever is going on, I know I have been feeling super stressed and scattered, and crazy exhausted.  Sucks, cause I use all my energy up on work and then spend my Friday nights watching The Wedge (aka. one of the two only good shows left on MuchMusic - the other is Going Coastal) and knitting.  Granted, there are worse things in the world, but I'd frankly rather be out hanging with some lovely people!

A bunch of things have inspired me and lifted my spirit this past week, so I wanted to share:

An awesome A Softer World ... this one's pretty great too (remember to read the hover text!)

An awesome photo/paste-up by Basco5 (don't look if you're scared of barfing)

An awesome video by Oren Lavie (just watch it, it's amazing)

Ridiculously awesome beatboxing and flute-beatboxing (c/o @adrian_ng)

More random goodness:

It's supposed to go down to -19C with the wind chill tonight.  Totally unheard of.  Everyone is complaining about the cold like crazy, and yet I'm pretty sure a lot of people are really enjoying it (myself included).  Maybe it's the lack of rain, but people seem pretty cheery.

MORE SNOW!!!

Of course for a lot of people who aren't as lucky as us, it's very, very tough dealing with this kind of weather.  I feel even luckier that usual just to have my warm, dry apartment and a nice bed to sleep in.

MORE SNOW!!!

From my twitter this morning: "intentions for the year to come: treat myself with the same kindness as i do those dearest to me. keep an open heart. laugh love breathe."

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(If I look a little squinty it's cause of the crazy strong winds trying to knock me over...)

1. Taking it one day at a time.

Amazing little moss ecosystem on the edge of the dock

2. Simple things.

Hope you're not colourblind

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