Since I got back from Christmas (still just a week ago), I’ve been feeling stuck. I’m not sure if I’m overwhelmed by all the things that need doing, or all the grand ideas I have (but haven’t executed), or just trying to find a way back into rhythm, pattern, routine — while still hoping to improve on the past patterns, to avoid the traps, the time sucks I too easily fell into before.
It’s probably some combination of all these things, I know.
I’ve been through a few iterations of goals for 2010, and I’m still somewhat at a loss as to how to quantify or put into words what I want for this year. Last year, I had very concrete, measurable goals. This year, not so much.
My first written iteration of goals for this year was:
• spin every day
• read — lit fic, books that engage faith, mysteries; The Help, books for the Social Justice Challenge, Nebraska authors, and reread the Harry Potter series
This didn’t seem very specific, though.
I did finally draft a short list of knitting goals:
• Knit a second and third sweater,
• toe-up socks,
• knit something (to completion) from my own handspun yarn, and
• make something from my own pattern (something successful).
As far as reading and blogging, though, I haven’t made much progress.
I knew months ago I wanted to be more deliberate in my reading choices — as was stated on twitter and then spread across the book blogosphere. Other than being careful in my choices, though, I don’t have a good set of criteria to make those choices based on, unfortunately.
I’ve also felt somewhat tied down in my blogging; so many posts to write, but still hardly ever really engaging or communicating. Have you ever felt this, or something similar?
To remedy this, I’m stepping back from my commitment to write full reviews of every book I read. I may still do so, but the requirement is starting to get heavy, and I fear it’s been keeping me from more meaningful discourse here. I’m not sure if I’ll do short, mini-reviews, or what. And I’ll certainly still review books here — just maybe not all of them.