|New Year's Resolutions that are actually attainable|
A friend who hires top work trainers says the latest philosophy is figuring out what you do best and forget about the rest. Don't waste energy on your deficiencies. ( This means for employers that you concentrate all efforts on your best staff and forget about the others. I guess if you're an employee you hope you're the former.)
My writing tutor says our human fault is finding a good way to work...and then setting out to change everything about it.
*Small Everyday Inspirations:
Young Wendy wrote a great post about drawing inspiration from quotes. I agree; as restorative as the simple act of burning a vanilla candle.
My favourite is Oscar Wilde's: Be yourself, everyone else is taken. Did that purveyor of fabulosity ever say anything sans eclat? He was really the veritable King of Twitter of his day.
Another goody is from the philosopher princess K$sha: "You are who you are" (no arcane Dickensian locutions here today my friends). Or Lorde, with her sideways fountain of curls, her refusal to wear short frocks, low tops or curtail her funny ziggy zaggy hand movements: "I'm sort of over being told to put my hands up in the air."
|Lorde doing her ziggy zaggy hand thing|
*Books and Docos:
I have a Jaybird concentration "Oooh bright shiny object!" and reading too many magazines only serves to exacerbate that tendency. A friend reckons even with news magazines you garner only "topsoil knowledge."
Trying to read books rather than magazines and watch documentaries rather than movies: less easy but more satisfying. My sister Pietra (herself a doco maker ) sent us this list - the 15 best docos from last year.
20 Feet From Stardom (official trailer) is about a group of backup singers who never made it as solo stars - even though Sting and Mick Jagger say they're the best singers they've ever heard. Sting says it's all about being good at the actual business too...and luck. Makes you think long and hard about why you haven't "made it" if you think you haven't. I realised I've always wanted to be a back-up singer not the star (I'm not a leader or a boss and I don't want to compete directly with other people) and I'll keep working towards that even though I'm 51 and three quarters.
|It's a long walk to the front...Source|
*Stop The Shopping Madness
Fashion Therapist Vanessa Hernandez told me in an article I wrote for the SF Chron that most of the clothes languishing in the back of our closets are a result of the fact we opt for colour and pattern, when in fact fit is the most important thing. Describes all of my mistakes and I'm leaving those sculptural big-shouldered stuff for someone else who looks good in it.
|What works: sssimple striped sweater (Just realised I dress like our house)|
In my search for energy lift (I am the lowest energy person you'll ever meet) I bought some multi vitamins (what's difference between cheap vitamins and expensive ones?) St John's Wort for perennial bad moods and magnesium for digestion and started drinking gallons of hot water with a slice of lemon. None of them seemed to make a sliver of difference but continue because it seems like the right thing to do.
What worked for you in 2013, changes big and small?