Selfie with an angel sprouting from my head.
So I’m thinking about goals for 2015.
First: my god, can it really be 2015 so soon? Doesn’t that sound like the future? Didn’t 1998, like, just happen? I think I heard something on the radio the other day, maybe a science fiction author, saying, “You notice that no one talks about the 22nd century with excitement about the future.” We’re already there.
That’s another discussion. Technology is hard on people. I have a hard time with it. It gives me headaches. But it also gives me access to inspiration. But sometimes I really wish we just lived in the 50s/60s of Bob Dylan or earlier like Salinger where we really we didn’t consume so much (the consumerism was all just beginning!) and there was only one telephone and people had those solid square classic suitcases and typewriters – you know, the fifties! Except for all that female oppression and racism that we’ve evolved out of.
So I’ve been in a beautiful Desire Map group now for several weeks now (Desire Map – check it out, it’s wonderful, I’ll write about it sometime) and we’re now at the very end where we talk about our goals. We’re supposed to narrow them down so we only have several big ones to work with during the year….which, for me, is kind of crazy.
Because I am the person who makes PAGES of goals. I make goals all the time, every day, every week, after beginning of the month, every middle of the month…
I love planning things out. Seeing it all inked out on paper, neatly in lists, gives me a buzz.
I wish I was kidding.
And, honestly, I’ve created some of the best things in my life using goals, but I’ve also really really warped myself and my confidence by over-planning, by gripping onto goals, and by feeling like a failure on a regular basis.
And that’s just a horrible way to go about life.
It’s inspiration-mania then panic and then burnout and deep disappointment, over and over again on repeat.
So this year, I’m getting much clearer on what I want. I’ve narrowed it down and refined the essence of what would make this year fucking amazing.
One of the best days of 2014 – shooting the wedding reception scene from June.
And it’s taken a while. A couple weeks. Because I stopped and started a lot. I have a lot of residue stuck to my brain about what I’m supposed to do and supposed to want.
Especially when it comes to my body. And books I’ve read. And plays or pieces I’ve written.
And the failing numbers in those areas have really screwed me up and hurt me for days on end. But I still automatically want to set up a reading program for myself – classic literature, one book a month, go. Or exercise rules – 4 workouts a week that make me sweat – but what about this week where I feel really run down and can only do light yoga and walk a little before my head starts to throb? Or guitar – play every day, one hour. Well, yeah, if I wasn’t editing a movie/auditioning/writing/trying to read/cook healthy meals/survive on 3 day jobs/work out every day too, then I could make that promise.
No. There’s so much I want to do. But I can’t do it all.
So then comes the subject of pain. As in:
What caused me the most pain in these last several years? What was I most envious of? What did I resent? What did I long for?
And with those thoughts, I got very very clear.
So, here are my Goals for 2015, as I see it now:
1) Self-Support – So that means clarity and organization in two areas – money and home. Because I have felt like a complete mess in both those areas for…a while now. And nothing has caused more overall pain (read: constantly broke/terrified/unable to do anything) or more general every day gnawing pain (read: I cannot think straight in this damn apartment).
2) Finish June and send it out into the world – Ha! It will be just that easy. No – I know that this is going to be my passion project of 2015. We made it in 2014 (hell, I finished writing it, pre-production, and production in 2014) and in this next year I have to edit it, find music, raise more money, get sound and picture post work done, market it (as in, find a better title, make a better poster, fix up the website), and send it out. It’s gonna be HUGE.
3) Go Pro in Acting and Writing – I mean, just look in my last post for the acting business. I have so much to learn and do, where I do even begin? And then writing – I’m actually simplifying. Write a blog a week and write a solid screenplay to send out to competitions this year. That’s all that’s required. If further inspiration occurs (and I know it will), then I’ll follow it. But I’m not setting myself up for disappointment.
And then I have two I guess what I’d call “intentions”:
Adventure – As in, I need to explore LA. I need to have fun here, go to new cafes, live music, more theatre and film events, galleries. And I also desperately need time away from here – day trips, big hikes, weekends away. Maybe even finally try rock climbing or surfing. This past year I spent a hell of a lot of time with my nose to the grindstone and this year I want to have fun. Granted, this winter and spring will be computer heavy with the movie, but I will be ready to break out come May – and before that in little pockets. It’s gotta be a priority or I might go insane.
Music and Expression – As in, I gotta play guitar and sing or I’m going to regret it forever. Every year that goes by that I don’t work on this is increasingly more painful. I desperately want to make music and understand it and I have an amazing bluegrass/rock musician boyfriend, so get on it already. That said, I’m not making a schedule, I’m just checking in every week and seeing if I feel good about it or not.
Whew. Okay there. Goals, boys and girls.
With that, I’m pretty tired.