In my kitchen is a notebook full of recipes cut out from magazines over the last seven years, most of which I’ve yet to make.
In my laptop is disc one of a Photoshop tutorial set which I’ve started ONCE, but that I have owned for two years.
In my studio is a copy of Drawing on the Right Side of Your Brain by Betty Edwards, that I’ve had since 8th grade and NEVER finished.
I won’t even go into how many bookmarks are on my computer, unread blog posts are in my Google Reader, or books are languishing on bookshelves, waiting to be read.
Perhaps I’m a weirdo for already thinking ahead to New Year’s resolutions, considering I’m still bloated from turkey and pie with not one Christmas decoration up yet, but all this recent moving of homes and all my stuff has caused me to take inventory of my input vs. output, so to speak, and changes I would like to make in my life.
For a while now, I’ve been bookmarking websites and blog posts about blogging, entrepreneurship, marketing, techniques & tips, etc. I’ve got a bookcase in my studio crammed full of books for learning various creative skills, exercising my creativity, building a creative business, finding inspiration, etc. My email newsletters and blog subscriptions update and pour in faster than I can read them, much less process or put any of the information in them to use.
I’m sitting on a goldmine of information and ideas, yet I feel like I’ve got very little creative output to show for all this information that I’ve been gathering.
So for my New Year’s resolution, I’ve decided to quit hoarding new information, be it more books, adding new blog subscriptions, or bookmarking yet another website and start absorbing what I already have. Between now and the end of the year, I’ll sort through what I already have gathered and decide where I want to focus my creative energies during this next year so that I can more fully absorb what I’m learning and reading and develop a deeper connection to what I’m creating and making.
Instead of seeking more recipes, I will cook more of the ones I already have.
Instead of continuing to fret over my drawing skills, I will finally make a commitment to build them, using books I already own.
Instead of thinking about what I could do with Photoshop, I will finally put those tutorials and books to use and learn it.
What about you- any of this sound remotely familiar?