Tuesday, February 17, 2015

thoughts for 2015

Dear 2015,
image from now.org

you're kind of kicking my ass here.  I generally don't share a lot of personal stuff on this blog, which is partly why it's been so damned quiet lately, and I'm going to keep it that way (though I will admit it is a weird grey area, to so carefully curate the image of your life, either intentionally or unintentionally, leading readers to believe all is perfect, when I can pretty much guarantee you for any and all of the bloggers you read, it's not).  But in spite of that crazy run-on sentence let me just say that 2014 finished on a super high note for me and then 2015 came around and smacked me down.  But that's ok 2015, like 2Pac says, I ain't mad at cha.  And I have total faith that you have something awesome in store for me just around the corner.  Cause you do, right?

Meanwhile, I'm going to bust out some new personal mottos for the year.

Read on if you're curious...

1. Be a fucking bird.  I know, this makes no sense to you right now, but bear with me.  This is actually some deeply profound and zen advice imparted by a meathead body builder with a youtube channel.  Check it out below, and please do yourself a favor and just fast forward to minute 3:52.

Pretty good, am I right?  (Sometimes you find inspiration in the most surprising places.)  So, be like the bird, sing your song, and don't give a fuck.

2. Better finished than perfect.  This is a big one for me.  I am a true perfectionist and it has both made me very good at many things and simultaneously blocked me from really seeing anything through to it full potential.  So I'm done with it.  I am finishing things.  (Yes, including not finishing.  See what I did there?  So meta.)  And hand in hand with that, I'm taking more risks, doing things that are slightly scary, because the reality is, these things have no actual risk involved, just the unknown.  Which is what we live every single day anyway, so we might as well embrace it.

3. Be here now.  Here, listen to the soulful Ray LaMontagne sing about it while I ramble:

Be Here Now by Ray LaMontagne on Grooveshark

Yes, mindfulness lessons abound in my life right now.  I've been meditating a lot (thank you Headspace!) and reading good books on the subject as well (if you haven't read 10% Happier yet, do it now!) and I can, without a doubt, say that it is improving my quality of life and my coping mechanisms exponentially.  So in 2015, let's try not to get caught up in cyclical thinking, in stressing about the past or the future, let's just remember that this is it, this is life, this is what we get, this, right here, right now.  And overall?  It is pretty damn awesome.  I for one, feel truly grateful.

And that is why, dearest 2015, I am so sure that you have something up your sleeve, some awesome twist that is going to make me explode with joy.  I can't wait.  In the meantime, I'll be here, now, taking risks, seeing things through, and singing my fucking bird song.


  1. "Better finished than perfect" was something I had to learn the second I started working as a designer. I always always always have things that I wish I had done differently, but developers need my sketches and off they go. And it always works out just fine. People aren't interested in perfect, they need something that works the way it is supposed to and that makes sense while also not looking like complete shit. I've taken this lesson with me and applied it to other parts of my life!

    And yes yes yes to Headspace. I haven't done it in nearly a week now (paradoxically because I've been so busy - it's always the first thing to get cut off from the to do list, isn't it?) and I can feel the stress slowly sneaking back in. No more excuses.

    I can't watch Mr. Meathead (I read meathhead at first) at work, but I can already tell it is going to be good!

    1. You are so smart and lucky to have figured out that avoiding perfection trick early on! I am late to the game for sure, but better late than never!

      Isn't it funny how easy it is to fall off the meditation wagon? I have been really good about it lately, mostly because I have been acutely aware of how much I need it, but I always think of it as some sort of psych medication. When you've been on it for a while you think, I feel great. totally fine, I'm fixed even! I don't need to do this every day! And then you stop taking your meds, or in this case, meditations, and a week later you realize, nope, you definitely need to be doing this. Ha! At least, that's how it's been for me. So I'm really just trying to put my nose down and do it every day. It helps that Husband has jumped in and is doing it too.

      Enjoy the meathead! (Oh and I misread your misead as Meth Head. Which would have been even funnier, though who knows, insight can come from anywhere!)

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