In order to make the most of this giant block of free time (been out of “real work” since Oct and will continue to be off until May), I have set a few goals for myself – 3 in fact:
Goal#1: write every day, be it on my novel, in my journal, or on this blog. The intended result being at least a completed draft of the story, and blog posts published at a pace of roughly one a week. Although I’m not quite ready to commit to the WordPress post-a-week challenge…oh, THE PRESSURE!
Goal #2: practice drawing each day. I am trying to learn to draw using the methods put forth by the book “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.” This book was introduced to me in a drawing course I took in 2005 as part of UCLA’s interior design program. I did not last past that first quarter in the ID program, but I treasured that course for showing me that I actually could draw – something I’d wanted to be able to do since I was a little girl but which I had assumed was a skill I would never have. Now, of course life intervened over the following 5 years, so I did not practice my new found talent, and now I’m pretty much starting back at square one.
Goal#3: study Japanese every day. I am most of the way through one of the 3 Japanese “alphabets” – the Hiragana. (Alphabet is a poor term – there are 2 syllabaries, and a 3rd pictographic series comprised of thousands of characters in actuality). I am also a few chapters in to the book “Japanese for Busy People” and I am really pleased with my progress so far.
A 4th, unofficial goal is to exercise at least 3-4 times per week. I can’t make that one a daily. I’m not going to lie to myself.
I think of all the times over the last 5 years when I said to myself “If only I had the time, I would definitely write/exercise/learn a language/draw/do SOMETHING creative.” so now is the time to keep that promise. So far so good. I haven’t exactly managed the dedication of every single day, but in one week, I have made noticeable progress on my Japanese, have made it to ch 4 in the drawing book, and have written at least 10 more pages of the story that I thought of over a year ago and just sat on until a month or 2 ago.
I’ve also gotten a little work for myself in LA, giving me the excuse I was looking for to go visit friends and pick up souvenirs to give as gifts in Japan. My goals are likely to take a small hit, but I’m comfortable with that. Exercise is already halfway out the window….I weighed myself and was dismayed to find out that I was not as svelte as I had imagined. So, either I have lost no weight at all, or was far heavier than I thought when I started. I’ll have to go to the mall and try on pants again to get my mojo back.