Did you ever play with an Etch A Sketch as a kid?
You turn the knobs to draw a picture and if you don’t like it, you shake it, it disappears and you start again.
I kind of feel like New Years Day is an Etch A Sketch day.
I’m not saying your last year disappears, but I am saying it’s a good time to be
On this New Year’s Day, I had some amazing women in my living room share their dares. Some beginning new relationships, some letting go, some starting new projects, new careers, some ending, some expanding, some making more time for themselves, some making more time for others.
But in all their stories, there was this feeling of an Etch A Sketch…a sweet, sad, or happy goodbye to 2018, and a happy hello to what’s next, what’s possible in 2019.
I hope you had some downtime.
I did. I have to admit I feel most uncomfortable when I’m without a deadline, a pressing project. I feel a little lost initially when it’s too quiet. And then I give up to it. I let myself dream and write and read, step away from work to regain perspective, play, and try new things.
One of mine was woodworking of all things. You know what I learned? Buzz saws scare me.
I also tried a bread pudding recipe that flopped. And, there was a failed effort to send wish paper into the air.
It’s trying new things, silly things so we can go back to work with new creativity, new energy and Etch A Sketch of whatever didn’t work or whatever we need to work on or fix.
If it didn’t work for you in 2018…then do an Etch a Sketch.
It’s 2019. Be daring! Draw a new, fresh picture.