I stayed home on New Year's Eve and did nothing. My back hurt, so I didn't feel like going out. I also have FINALLY realized that every New Year's SOUNDS really fun, but then I get out and realize it's kind of depressing or a let-down or whatever and I usually wish I was at home in my comfy pants. So that's what I did.
2012 was the The Last Year on Earth -- well, that was the theme. I planned to do a whole bunch of things just in case. 2013 doesn't have a grand theme in my mind the way 2012 did, but I am truly grateful that I'm not blogging from a bunker right now.
I have no resolutions. I have no exotic plans. I'm just going to keep moving forward with life the best way that I can.
I recently came upon a blog called Glorious Twelfth, which is about miniatures. I got obsessed with all the pretties. At one point, the author, CJ, was writing about decorating Chrysnbon kits, which are plastic kits that look like, well, plastic. If you want them to look "real" in any way, you have to do some serious work. CJ is a master miniaturist. I read through her whole blog and was STUNNED at the amount of work and detailing she is capable of. I do NOT plan on doing any of the things she is doing (I would have take college courses on architecture and chemicals to figure out her trade), but I do respect and admire the gorgeous work.
In CJ's post called What I've Learned From My Mistakes, I found this advice:
"Speaking of which, some mistakes are liberating but some are just depressing. If it's become a stone around your neck, don't be demoralized; throw it out. I've thrown out quite a few kits, but I can't really say my money or time was wasted. I learned a lot. If every project you try comes out perfect, then you're not stretching yourself and you'll never get better. Don't be afraid to waste materials, screw up, and look like an idiot."
As I read this, I realized it applied to far more than miniatures. This is Real Life advice. I have a lot of "things" that I hold onto like stones around my neck. People, relationships, mistakes, shame, guilt, events, etc. It would be so liberating to just "throw it out." I want to learn how to do that.
Obviously, the Universe was speaking to me because shortly after reading that post, I went into the home office to get a little box I used to have in my cubicle at work. I remembered that I had it and decided to bring it into the living room to store things. It was filled with Post-It notes, White-Out, pens, highlighters, and other goods from the editing trade. And right there at the bottom under all that crap was this cute, little eraser that Coco gave to me once. It's the one you see in the photo above.
Yes, smart women DO make changes. And they throw away Stupid Sh*t.
I think those statements will work well for 2013's theme.
Thank you, CJ and Coco.