Longtime readers will be aware that I usually don’t make New Year’s resolutions. It’s too easy to cloak “restrictive rules” in the guise of “goals,” and I’m wary of doing that to myself. But this year, I’ve decided to try one of those daily accountability projects that are so popular. I take in a lot of pop culture and politics, but in recent years I’ve been putting out a lot less of my own stuff — writing, singing, things like that. This year, I joined a small community choir, which has made me happy and reminded me that being creative takes many forms, and that I want to do more of it.
So for 2018, I’ll be keeping a daily record of what I take and what I make. I may take in an album or movie or book or comedy night or an essay or play, and so on; I may make a blog post or song or poem or a good dinner, or I might make someone laugh or make a mess of something. The idea is to pay attention to what I’m creating and consuming, and not get lost in social media scrolling and procrastination. I’m not setting specific goals for what to create, just asking myself to be more proactive about the act of creation; there are no rules for what I can consume, just that I be more conscious about what I take in.
Here we go!
I took in:
Jessie Ware’s album Glasshouse (I particularly love “Your Domino” and “Alone”)
Traci Brimhall’s poem “Love Poem Without a Drop of Hyperbole in It” (from The New Yorker)
a NYE dance mix from Spotify
the “Hang the DJ” episode of Black Mirror (I kind of want that system for my dating life, if that’s the ending it’s going to have!)
the movie Belle (an excellent period piece that provides the simmering passions you love in a Jane Austen and also thoughtful, nuanced discussions of race and class that work as well for today as they do for the 18th-century setting of the film).
this blog post
a goofy dance to the Spotify dance mix
no attempt to be productive on this holiday.
I always appreciate your thoughtful blog entries, Lisa, but this one tops them all, as it gives us such a “do-able” way to be more conscious of where we put our time and energies. I will offer you the “highest form of flattery” by copying you, and visually keeping track of my personal Input and Output. Thank you so much for this gift, and the Happiest Of New Years to You!
Aw thanks, Irene! I look forward to talking with you about how we’re both enjoying the experiment as the year goes on. Happy New Year!
I love this idea, and also love how you spent your New Year’s, Lisa! It sounds restful and fun. Hope that the year ahead brings you many more opportunities to make things!
Thank you! You’ve already made something very cool in 2017, so I wish you a 2018 of making wonderful memories with him. 🙂
I’m already enjoying the idea and reading what you’ve been doing each day!