welcome to 2012

For the past several years, every time I saw or heard “2012,” I admit I giggled a little inside. For which we can thank whoever first started the ballyhoo about the end of the world, the Mayan apocalypse, and pointing out that all earthshaking natural events were happening more and more and worse and worse.

I mean, I saw the movie. (Which was lamentably bad, special effects or no. Although I did rather enjoy seeing all the L.A. freeways collapse in thunderous glory.) I heard a lot from a dear, very sane friend of mine who read up extensively on 2012 and swore (still does) that Things Are Going to Change in 2012, and we had all Better Be Ready For It. Or Else. And I did a spot of research here and there, sifting through sites ranging between melodramatic, interesting, well-written, and often flat out nuttier than a can of Planter’s peanuts.

So, yeah, I giggle when I hear 2012. Because it’s so End of the World As We Know It.

But I also herald it with a grateful smile and bunches of hugely positive wishes and, indeed, firm beliefs that 2012 is going to soundly kick the ass of 2011. Call me oovy-groovy here, but 2012 just feels like a good year to me. Of course, this could also be simply because I really, really need it to be a good year for me so I’m desperately projecting sunshine and light onto it. Either way, 2012 is going to be rock star year. Why? Because I believe in making our own destiny, crafting our own fate, and building our own luck. I didn’t always believe that, but I’ve become a proud adherent to that sensible cult.

Let me pause here to nod my head to 2011.

Looking back on a year just cycled is sometimes hard. It demands clear vision, truthful soul searching, and an honest memory. I think reflecting on the year past is an ideal way to take a good look at my life, what happened, and how that means I need to either enhance or change things for myself during the next 12-month cycle. (The basis upon which my make-your-own-destiny theory lies.)

Some things that happened in my life, circa 2011:

-outdoor writing, check.

-increased freelance contacts and assignments, check.

-thought randomly about formulating a more comprehensive plan for my life, as far as outdoor writing goes, um, check.

-stepped it up a little bit social media-wise, check.

-wondered if social media is the best way to approach everything writing-related, check.

-outdoor guiding, check.

-adorations with outdoor guiding, check.

-frustrations with outdoor guiding, check.

-renewed focus on fiction writing, check.

-renewed focus on personal health & well-being, check.

Those were the biggies for me. If I forgot another something big, I’ll post about it sometime.

Now, on to 2012.

Years ago, the concept of “vision boards” entered my life. What, you think they’re hokey? Bully for you. You want to take a deep breath and reconsider, however. Vision boards truly are simple, effective, and downright powerful things. I love them with a passion, I like to do them, and I plan to do one for 2012. I’m still gathering pictures and feeling my way into this new year.

Items needed:

-large piece of poster board (I prefer white myself, but pick what you like)

-pictures of things you want to achieve/have/experience/increase in your life

-crayons, colored pencils, marking pens. Hell, use glitter pens if that strikes your fancy. These are what you want to fill in the white space–if that’s what moves you

-glue sticks

Pick the pics that show it best, swirl them around on your vision board, glue ’em on, and prest-whammo, you’ve got a visual map to 2012.

I tell you, they work like magic. Just do one, put it up where you’ll see it on a regular basis, and glance at it as often (or little) as you want. You may not feel the magic of your new year in a month, or even by the end of this year if you have some really hefty desires laid out on your vision board. But they will come. Mine have. And I’ll admit, it’s almost a downright spooky thing. But amazing too.

Oh, and apparently you can download software so you can make a virtual vision board. Go ahead, spend your money and help someone else’s vision board goals come true. Me? I make my own the old-fashioned way, and keep my vision board goals for myself.

If I ever feel like sharing my 2012 vision board, I’ll snap a photo of it and slap it up here in a post.

Anyway, this was a rambly, very self-focused ode to 2012. Hey, it’s my blog, I’ll write what I want to write. But thanks for visiting–and I mean that.

Here’s to 2012. Vision, goals, new dreams, focus, drive, love, passion, play, work, and living every damn day like it could be the end of the world. Because, who knows? It just might be.

Happy New Year, and peace out.


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3 Responses to welcome to 2012

  1. Kelly Fisher

    Hey Julie, I have thinking about you lately and since facebook we lost the “slow” ways of communicating, even talking on the phone. I really like writing letters, do you feel comfortable posting your address? I hope you are well.

  2. Thanks for stopping by, Kelly. Why don’t you send me an email and we can reconnect that way? Hope your 2012 is going well so far.

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