The Commitments was one of my favorite films as a teenager. It really has nothing to do with this post, but I couldn’t let the moment pass.
Instead I want to talk about making commitments to oneself. ‘Tis the season of New Year’s Resolutions. Everyone and their brother is currently renewing their vows to go to the gym or eat healthy or stop biting their nails or something. 3 weeks from now they will start “cheating” and 3 months from now they will have forgotten entirely. But I don’t want that.
First off, I want to love myself as I am. I don’t hate my body, even though it is larger than average by quite a bit. I’m built for comfort, not for speed. I consider my thunder thighs to have been blessed by Thor himself. I am strong and healthy and love going for walks with my family and friends. Sure I could resolve to get on my treadmill 3x a week or something, but I want to do better than that.
That said, I am making a commitment to myself this year. One that revolves around self care. I commit to loving myself, and with that commitment, I have three tasks:
1. Make. I will make something every day. At least 20 minutes every day of making. Why? Because making things is good for my soul.
2. Reflect. What did I make? What went well (or not?) Here’s where this blog comes in. At least 10 minutes every day for writing and reflecting. And, of course, pictures or it didn’t happen. Why? Because how will I learn if I don’t assess my successes and failures?
3. Sleep. I will set an alarm to remind myself to wind down earlier, and actually get into bed by 11pm. That way I am ready for the next day of making and learning and growing. Why? Because I am notorious for staying up too late, and then being cranky and tired. Time to break the cycle.
What do you think? Are these commitments achievable? Ridiculous? Leave a comment and let me know.
PS: I Made a Thing! Since Massachusetts appears to be the Tundra for the time being, today I spent some time making warm mittens for my sweetie out of an old wool sweater and some scrap French Terry. He was kind enough to model them for me!