Working on my #olw assignment while my tea steeps.

This year Jake and I picked another joint mantra–Make It Happen, Cap’n. However, I also wanted a motivational mantra to help me along with my own personal intentions and goals for 2013. We do a lot of things together, but I knew that this year I want to spend a lot of my free time developing dreams and goals that are all my own.

My biggest personal desire for 2013 is to FINISH my novel. I’ve been working on it on and off since 2008 or so, though there have been so many drafts that the manuscript I have now looks almost nothing like the pages I started with. I’ve used this novel as a way to learn how to write novels, and when I was done with the third draft and started to learn more about editing, I realized that I wanted to change everything. I’m a different person than I was in 2008, and I don’t want to write a novice-level thinly-veiled-autobiographical novel anymore. I spent last year really reflecting on what kind of author I’d like to be, what I’d really like the novel to say, and now I know exactly where to go with it. So this is it: 2013 is the year I FINISH my Icarus project.

Even though I chose the word FINISH with a very specific goal in mind, the word kept coming back to me throughout December. There are so many things I’d like to finish, to be finished with, to finish off.

And just like that, I had my One Little Word. I’m generally adverse to anything that can fall into the “self-help” category: as good as I am at being introspective on private paper, talking about feelings makes me uncomfortable, for the most part. However, I knew that this workshop would help me stay on track this year. Sharing online was a great motivator for me in 2012, and I know that the perceived accountability will help me to follow through.

And I’m already in love. I’m working on the January assignment right now (that’s the first stage in the photo up there), and I’ll share the outcome in a few days. For now, I’m focusing on my intention for January, which is to finish up. There’s going to be a lot of memory keeping around here this month as I finish the projects I started in 2012: Project Life, my 30 Days of Lists album, my December Daily, and my Week in the Life album. These projects are all about assembly, as the documentation is already done. There are a few memory keeping projects started last year that I don’t want to finish this month: I like that my 31 Things album is something I can work on whenever. And Project Life 2011 in 2012 is something I want to chip away at as I feel like it. I’m not wanting to FINISH every memory keeping project I’ve stared, but I do want to finish the projects that I feel belong firmly in 2012.

I feel like finishing those things will free up some much-needed brain space for all of the other things I want to FINSIH in 2013.

Just a note: if you’re taking One Little Word, the self-paced workshop I Choose by Elise Blaha Cripe accompanies it perfectly. As soon as I’m done with my monthly intentions assignment from One Little Word, I’m going to use I Choose to lay out monthly goals that will help me reach all of those long-term intentions in time. Super excited about all of the things I’ll FINISH this year.

Do you have a word for 2013? What is it any why did you choose it? If you don’t have a word, do you have a resolution?

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