Now for me is about completion. This is not a New Year’s resolution or a timed goal. This is from now forward. Completion in all areas of my life.
I left California fifteen years ago, moving way down South to care for ailing family members. I didn’t realize at the time that I would be seduced by the peace of living in the country. My relatives have passed on, and I have stayed on here because I cannot imagine living in the noise and dirt and crowds of a busy city ever again. I do visit from time to time. I have great fun when I visit. And I am always so delighted to come back home.
The odd thing is, many of the goals I had in the past are realized now in my life. I have my own home, paid for, and property as well. I have an adequate income so that I never worry about bread or heat. I have autonomy, yet family right next to me.
I have had plenty of time to explore what I want to be when I grow up, and therein lies my dilemma.
Those who know me well can tell you that I have excellent visualization skills, a tremendously creative imagination, and the ability to get excited about new projects. I am a starter, an initiator, I can always see the ‘Big Picture’. As for completion, not so much.
I have short stories unedited, sitting in a drawer, picture books half-way done, sketchbooks full of potential, and as for my sewing I am queen of UFO’s (unfinished objects). I often discard unopened paint, dried up clay, solidified glazes and other textile supplies that are far beyond their expiration date while the great idea gathers dust in my sketchbook. I still have not yet completed my Daughter-in-law’s Christmas present from 2014. (Don’t give up Kim, I’ll get to it this week)
So, completion. From now forward. My new mantra is do it today and do it until it is done, OR I declare it complete and remove it from my list. And the first item on that list is establishing this blog. This blog, Bayou Dreamer, is about sharing dreams, ideas, techniques and projects as I complete them. It is not about monetizing, affiliate sales, creating a membership site or any of the myriad ways I have read that blogs can be used. It is about me cutting strings to the past that keep me from flying free.
I am started. This is my journey of completion. I don’t know how often I will post. I suspect that a blog is an ongoing process. I hope to entertain and inform my readers (when I ever do have readers) yet this task of completion is for me. Along the way if the experiences I share are of benefit to you, then we are well met and I declare it another goal complete.
Karen Elizabeth Halbrook