So what do I want to do for next year?
Yes yes, I know I've talked about planners and goals and what didn't get done this year and what did. But that was all in the past tense. Looking forward, what do I want to do for the coming year?
I ask the question in the midst of what will be a changing year, whether I like it or not. Nighean Gheal is moving from one level of schooling to another. With the amount of time we've been here in New Home, it probably makes sense to buy a house - at the same time, being carefully conscious of an economic environment that can seem unstable at best (at least for my industry. Your results may vary).
So what is it that I want to think about in the coming year?
As I went down my draft list (you're not surprised I already had one, are you?) what I found is that it mostly represents doing more of what I am already doing - just getting more serious about it. More running and Highland Athletics. More cheese making and dehydrating and gardening. More writing. A deeper relationship with God and my family. More music. Better finances. More Japanese and Greek and Gaelic.
In other words, with one or two exceptions doubling down on what I'm doing now.
There are one or two new things, of course - if they're weren't, I wouldn't be me! - but for the most part as you can see, nothing much different than what I've done before.
Why? The biggest reason is simply the discovery I made this year (a slow learner, I am) that doing something more makes you better at it. This year to some extent was a year in which I stuck with the things that I had been doing before. In some cases (like writing) I finally reached goals I had been seeking for years; for others (like cheese making and Highland Athletics) I continued to do what I had done the year before and realized a greater return for my effort.
I'll think on these some more I trow, and perhaps some may change a bit. But I think the course of what I want to do will end little changed from where it is today.
Last year was a good year. This year promises to be better.