OLW - 2023!

 

I can't believe the new year is here, again. This means I am back, with my one-little-word I want to work on this year. And it will be work! I put that graphic on my Instagram stories and nobody sent me a guess. I suppose it was too hard of a word to unscramble? I am kidding...

So let's get to it. My word for the year is 

PIVOT

Pivot

I fought this word for a bit. I did not want it. I did not like it. It feels scary. It feels like big changes and I do not care for big changes, mainly ones that are out of my control. It kept coming back to my mind though and I couldn't shake it loose. So this is the word it shall be for me to focus on in 2023.

The definition of pivot online is "to turn or rotate."

There are some things in my life I need to turn/rotate I suppose.
 This is my brain dump so bear with me. 

In years past, picking one word to work on for the year, I wanted it to cover all aspects of my life. Social media, family/friends, church, work..you get the idea. This year, I am not sure how many areas this word is going to affect. Here are a few areas that come to mind at the moment.

The first one up and the hardest one by far is Pinterest parties. I've been passionate about these parties since I started them in 2012. It's been a good 10-year run of doing the parties. But towards the end of 2022, something inside me shifted/changed and I no longer felt the same passion/desire for them. I was filled with dread whenever I tried to plan a party. So, I must pivot. Does it mean fewer parties or none at all? A different kind of craft gathering? I am still trying to figure this out. I love crafting but especially in the last few months of 2022, it had to take a back seat because of all the other activities I was involved with. I will blog more about this over at Nite Owl Creates in the near future.

Next up, well, honestly nothing much comes to mind as to what I do that I could pivot away from but you know what? What about pivoting to something instead of away from it. I do have a small list of crafts I'd like to learn to do this year.

Ok, back on track here. Enough talk about crafting. I'll save that discussion for my craft blog. I need to pivot back to blogging more often and documenting. My blogs are my online journals and I did not keep up on it as much as I wished I did in 2022. Why? I travel with my laptop all the time but when I travel, I am out and about doing things and having experiences. I tend to not get stuck to my screen until the end of the day before I fall asleep. But despite whatever reasons there might be, blogging opportunities have been few and far between since 2020 and I've really missed working on projects and collaborations. So I'd like to ponder on how to get that to happen again.

One other thought I had was to pivot away from relationships/friendships where I am doing all the work to keep things going. While this is ok, for a time, I think I do it for much too long. I have been trying to tell myself more lately that there is nothing wrong with networking and making connections but some friendships were based on the time they happened and not all of them last forever. Friendships that I felt were so strong at the moment, have faded over the years. Through nobody's fault, really. Maybe I moved, or maybe the friend got married or had kids and became more distant. There are so many scenarios. I need to be okay with the fact that in life, I don't need to have hundreds of best friends. Or even just friend friends. And that when friendships fizzle a bit, it doesn't mean it's a bad thing. There are times and seasons for everything in life. I sure do appreciate the few consistent friends in life, no matter what state they live in. And I sure do appreciate all the people I've met in my life who no longer keep in touch as often but we catch up when we can and that's okay. I am learning to be on board with that even though its hard to swallow at times.

I feel like this blog post is getting really boring and I am a bit out of ideas besides pivoting away from Pinterest parties, away from being besties with everyone I meet, and pivoting to blogging more and doing some new things online that I haven't tried before as ways to make some money or grow as a person.

If you have ideas about what I could pivot to, or away from, in my life in 2023 - drop me a comment. I'd love to hear your thoughts! 

I'm sure as the year goes on, I'll find more things to pivot in my life.

I am sure Tony would be thrilled if I was on time. Cooked dinner. Helped more with things I feel only he has the skills to do.

I'm sure my family & friends would appreciate me blogging more consistently so they know what's going on in my life.

I'm sure my calling at church (stake social media specialist) would love for me to find ways to engage members of the stake and community with Facebook and Instagram posts.

Lots to think about and I hope by the end of 2023, I'm a better person than what I currently am and gained a few good life (or crafting?) skills along the way.

Thanks for reading!



Comments

You know I adore you and our friendship. I am so happy we met at CES so many years ago and all our adventures. I know whatever direction this year takes you will make it the best and I will be here to cheer you on just like you are for me. 💜

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