Originally I had planned to start this year with a blogpost on my Seven Goals for 2017; but Times Fly and – and now I think the first goal should be called, “Stop procrastinating and just do it!”
But here I am, still ruminating, and thus the second goal should be, “Kiss perfectionism good bye!”
They go together with their cousins:
“Live, love, laugh & learn more!”
“Be kind, be generous, be free, be me”
“Simplify, travel light and tread lightly!”
“Be creative!” and “Keep walking…”
But these goals, incidentally also seven, are not what this is about, as they have been the same for a number of years now, and probably rather fall in the category of life choices or a kind of a manifesto; more personal than professional.
The goals I planned to write about before procrastination and perfectionism got the better of me are of a different kind; more tangible, and in one way or another all connected to “Travel, Books and Bicycles”. Now I think I should refer to them as the seven “Adventures” or “Journeys” or perhaps even “Experiments” for 2017.
Adventures, because they are challenging and fun – and because I love what I’m doing, although at times, it is not easy. But then, nobody ever said it was going to be easy…
“Nobody who says, ‘I told you so’ has ever been, or will ever be, a hero.” Ursula K. Le Guin
Journeys, because I love traveling – and am hoping to cross boundaries; personal, cultural, physical, geographical.
“Not everybody who wanders is lost!” (J.R.R. Tolkien)
“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better.” (Ralph Waldo Emmerson)
And here they are… My Big Seven Adventures/Journeys/Experiments for 2017:
Release Healing Rhinos and Other Souls as Podcast and Audio book. (Just let it go! It’s been ready for a while, but my old friends, Mr Perfectionism and Ms Procrastination interfered… see above!)
Release »Deleted Scenes« of Healing Rhinos and Other Souls. (This should be a lot of fun! And perhaps I’ll include »The Making of…«)
Publish the German Version of Healing Rhinos and Other Souls. (This is close to my heart. Nearly done, but still searching for the perfect title!)
Finish writing, compile and publish the first in a series of Travel Books
Create a »Magic Co-Production« with a great friend. (It’s still early days, “We are going to do something together… “ Watch this space!)
Create an app relating to »Travel, books and…« (Although I’m not quite sure yet where the bicycles will fit in here…)
Write the first draft of THE novel which has been fermenting in my mind for many years
This adventurous list is by no means final; there might well be changes, because after all, change is the only constant!
And now that I’m thinking about it, I could add a list of the ‘Other Seven’…
#1 – Write every day
#2 -Publish seven books (see above)
#3 -Create a journal
#4 -Delve deeper into translations
#5 -Learn something new – and write about it (NOT every day)
#6 -Create seven reading projects
#7 -Be open to new adventures, journeys, challenges and experiments!!!
And how about the seven books I’d love to read, seven destinations I’d like to travel to, seven passes to cross, seven marathons to run, seven habits to master, seven languages to speak, seven…
Anyway, I’ll be back for more soon, with updates on how the adventures are unfolding.
In the meantime, I’d like to wish you all the best, with lots of love and laughter,
What are your Big Seven for 2017?