What the what?! Are we really already ten days into 2011? How did this happen and where was I? Oh my, the time flies by. Are you Dear Readers tired of resolution and goal posts? Well too bad, because you’re going to have to read mine now (I suppose you could just skip it—I would never know—but is that really how you want to start the new year? Skipping posts and making me sad? I didn’t think so)!
After much thought and careful consideration—I couldn’t come up with a single word for what I wanted my 2011 to be. I couldn’t even come up with a paragraph! I thought of small goals I wanted to accomplish (read 50 books and not wait until December 31st to finish the last two), new things to try (this is the year I learn French—for reals) and things I love that I want more of in my life (more writing, more book discussions with friends over cups of coffee and more epic games of Munchkin), but I couldn’t put my finger on how my 2011 should look. So I took some advice from Don Draper (“Just think about it. Deeply. Then forget it. And an idea will jump up in your face.”) and set about welcoming the New Year and cleaning up the remains of 2010. And sure enough it happened just like Don said. I was packing away some Christmas lights when it just hit me in the brain: The Year of Making Do.
Perhaps a better phrase would be “Making the Most With What I Have“, but I’m a big fan of the “Make Do and Mend” movement from the 40’s, so I’m sticking with my original idea. 2011 is the Year of Making Do—and I’m not just talking about possessions and what’s in the food pantry (though that is part of it). I want to get out of the cycle of wishing I was somewhere else, with someone else, had better ideas, different or more talents and comparing myself to others. Nope, I can’t draw to save my life, but I can draft patterns and sew. Yes, half my friends live hundreds or even thousands of miles away—but the other half are right here in Austin. No, I don’t have my own house, but I have my own room to cover the walls with art and nerdy posters.
I suppose it all comes down to learning to be content, but “The Year of Being Content” sounded a bit passive to me. I want to go out and do something about it all. So here is to 2011, The Year of Making Do—I plan on making it a good year.