“You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward. Adventure is worthwhile in itself.”
I shared my 2016 intentions in a recent Little Letter, and so far the New Year is unfolding beautifully. I have a general sense of what I want to accomplish in 2016, but I’m leaving space in my calendar to embrace new opportunities.
For example, rather than penciling in all of 2016 with business projects, I decided to focus on the first four months of the year. My biggest projects include creating awesome content for A Simple Year and preparing for a speaking gig at York College in April. Plus, I have ongoing projects like my photography series, the blog, and my newsletter that need attention and love. Once I get through the first four months of the year, I’ll have a better sense of what business projects I want to focus on next.
Letting go of over-planning feels uncomfortable and scary because I have to acknowledge that control is an illusion. Planning future business projects doesn’t mean they will happen or that a perceived outcome will occur. Also, planning less gives me the opportunity to explore new and different business ideas.
I don’t have all the answers, but I feel good about my choice to plan less. Planning less isn’t about goofing off or not doing the work. In a way, less planning is about trusting myself, trusting that I have the smarts and resources to run my business and to figure things out if I fail.
I’m looking forward to a year filled with helpful business projects, blogging, art journaling, everyday adventures, and photography. And speaking of photos, below is a gallery of images I took during December and January. Over the holidays, it snowed in Siskiyou County, and I spent unplanned mornings walking around Yreka taking snapshots with my iPhone.
Enjoy the images! If you’re reading this via email or in a feed reader, visit RowdyKittens.com to view my photo gallery.