Ah, the yellow goals. My social and creative side. My weakest side. Let’s see how I did in 2016.
MY YELLOW GOALS: Focus your energy, be prolific
First out of the gate is my Writing goal. This looks a bit like my blue goal, but whereas the blue was more about non-fiction and blogging, this was about my true creative side. Fiction was non-existent. Posting stuff was almost non-existent, although I did put up a couple of things. And I killed the creativity challenge, and I don’t mean that in a celebratory way. Literally, I killed it, deleting the group from Facebook. There just wasn’t enough interest. I’m still doing memes, quotes, jokes, etc. which is something. Part red, part yellow, part green, I guess I’ll call it YELLOW overall.
I thought the Cooking one was going to be a complete and utter bust. Most of the year, I tried almost nothing new. I compiled some stuff, organized a few things, but wasn’t really making much progress. And then in October and November, we tried some baking and a couple of new recipes. A small burst of creative energy. Not enough to go green, but I’ll keep it as YELLOW for now.
The third category was a specific area of creativity I wanted to work on. Namely, creating PhotoBooks. These vary from year-in-reviews to potential thematic ones. And overall, I’m really quite happy with my progress. I completed three “year in review” ones (2014, 2015 and a partial for 2009 to complement an earlier partial) plus a souvenir book for a 90th birthday party. Overall, clearly GREEN.
As much work as the PhotoBooks were, I think I have to still knock myself down to YELLOW overall.
Yellow is the social and creative category, and I confess this one is a challenge for me right now. I really need to build my blue energy back up, and the only way to do that is through analytical work (for the most part). Yellow is the opposite energy, the draining energy, and it certainly is for social activities. I’m going to throw myself a small pity party for a moment; although I am not actually seeking the pity, the wording is hard to nuance away from it. I am a strong introvert, that is and always will be true. …Continue reading →
I have talked not at all so far about my red goals. And with strong reasoning. I’m embarrassed by them. Or rather, I’m embarrassed by some of them. Red is about a combination of physical and type-A driving forward, and generally speaking, it embodies the physical side of life plus my career. Let me start with career, because it is the easiest to talk about, and was part of the catalyst for the PolyWogg 4.0 commitment.
The big screaming goal for the year, after I committed to the quest to become PolyWogg 4.0, was a yellow goal — to write 500,000 words before the end of the year. It’s big, it’s scary. I’ve also recommitted to my spiritual journey of 12 questions to ask myself this year. You would think that might be enough all by themselves, but no, this is the super year where I push myself to my limits, and beyond. Let’s put the yellow pieces together.
The “Soul” category is one that is represented by the Gentle Yellow of belief. It is the deepest part of me, the “this-I-believe” me. It is also the expressive me, the part of me that allows my creativity to grow wings and expand outward, with no “rational” filter on it to say “is this worth it?” but rather just to give expression to a thought, a feeling, to scratch a creative itch because it is there.