2011 will be my year of Narrowed Adventure.By that, I mean I am trying to narrow my focuses while still remaining open to possibilities coming my way. There are certain places, people and things I need to trim back on and others I need to foster. It's time to take these things I've picked up on my way and organize and entrench myself in them, instead of still reaching further out while letting my current likes and haves stay stagnant. I've written before about how I don't have resolutions for the new year, but instead try and have intentions. This year I'm moving even further beyond that with just one intention that reaches all aspects of my life. So how do you achieve balance and focus while not getting too mired in the details?
PrioritizeIt's easy to get dazzled by things that are completely new and foreign, especially if they're at all connected to what you love. While inspiration is wonderful and it's beautiful to watch and appreciate, try to figure out if what you really want is to be involved or just to appreciate. So often I find myself wanting to do and be involved in everything I find interesting. If you're having trouble figuring out what to keep and what to step back from, make a list of those interests that take up your time. Really track how much time you spend on those pursuits and see if they match up with where you want to be spending your time. This isn't about should or shouldn't. Look it over and find those two or three that absolutely thrill you and that you really want to develop. For me, my top priorities for 2011 are:
- Writing - I want to really get back to creative writing, blogging and fiction
- Dance - I made this a high priority in 2010 and I'm still captivated by burlesque and specifically movement. I want to continue to expand my performing retinue, create new opportunities, and enrich my teaching
- Costuming - In addition to dance, I really want to expand on new costuming drawn from historic and fantastic examples to more envelope my audience into the world I'm creating on stage. And to tie those and my year together, Organization. - This reaches every aspect of my life, and something I've been lacking and honestly, genuinely want to work and spend time on.