aim high. act fast. claim your prize.

This post is a contribution to the Creative Odyssey blog hop hosted by Jess Van Den.

What do I want out of 2011? More of the same, please.

  • I want to understand what holds me back from creating greatness.
  • I want to create things that changes lives.
  • I want to create relationships & communities that empower people.
  • I want to find inspiration in the smallest details of life.
  • I want to create a work life that feeds my persona life.

My creativity – the power & drive to create – is not limited to yarn or paint or paper or clay. Neither is yours. In 2011, I want to see the full array of possibility for creation.

aim high.

I choose to aim high. But I also understand that aiming high means fully appreciate the little things. Knowing that details are what create a whole experience.

My goal is to envision greatness, see the small pieces of its puzzle, and give myself over to realizing them fully.

act fast.

I choose to act fast. That’s what I’m good at. Deliberation is not in my skill set.

I will craft a lifestyle that allows me to turn on a dime. I will embark on projects that are as lithe as my spirit.

My goal is to understand what a good idea looks like as quickly as possible. To not be sucked in by the false promises of bad ideas.

claim your prize.

I choose to know my prize. To allow it to be one of great value. I am claiming financial, familial, & spiritual wealth. Maybe not in that order.

But maybe.

I will understand exactly what my prize is. The gold at the end of the rainbow. The light at the end of the tunnel. I will create a road map to get me there.

My goal is to not feel shame for wanting it all. To not feel guilt if I don’t quit get it all.

Yes, more of the same, please.

In 2011, my goal is to give you more of the same. To provide inspiration & empowerment for your creative life & work. But I do so with a better understanding of what you want & need from me. I’ll be focusing on providing a heavy dose of practicality and everyday solutions for dealing with fear, time, and focus.

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Thanks for a great 2010! Happy holidays & happy New Year from me to you!

15 thoughts on “aim high. act fast. claim your prize.

  1. “deliberation is not in my skill set” – gosh that sounds familiar.

    I have the habit of getting a mad idea, and just jumping in, both feet first, and working out the details later. I just want to *make it happen now* – I get bored when there’s nothing new and exciting going on. I think that’s how I’ve managed to get so much done in a short period of time, and I get the feeling you’re much the same 😉

    So here’s to a new year of mad schemes – some might work, some might not – but if you don’t jump in and just do it, nothing ever will…

  2. “Claim your prize” – yes, absolutely. It’s so important to know what it is you want to get out of this big creative venture, what it is we’re working for. It might be different for each and every one of us, but if we don’t define the prize how can we keep our eye on it?

  3. I’ll admit it – I’m kind of a plotter. I like to have a game plan, and I’m usually thinking several months ahead. I never really realized it till now that quick action for me is rarer than I originally thought. But I’d love to recognize a good idea as soon as possible, then jump on it. That’d be a good goal to have for 2011.

    And yes, I’d love to claim my prize, too! I believe I can… once I figure out what it is I truly want.

  4. Tara, I totally need someone to tell me to appreciate the little things, the stepping stones to the greater end result. I won’t be so disappointed with the time it takes to get to my goals if I appreciate the journey. Great post! <3

  5. I’m with the other voices commenting here—claiming my prize is definitely in my list of goals. So is acting fast. I seem to have acted faster than my immediate family and friends anticipated. Well, all except my husband. He’s been clamoring for me to quit my day job since Elisha was born 9 months ago—

    Yeah, yeah. You did say having a baby is not a good excuse for such a thing, or at least I remember you not recommending it … Haha. It worked for me, too. I didn’t think it would matter, but OH did it matter. Our little boy has been quite the inspiration and motivation after all.

    Have a Merry Christmas and I look forward to talking to you in person about these very things posted above. :)

  6. I’m with all of you, I’m for claiming the prize! I’m an ‘idea person.’ I come up with great ideas & jump in. I need to balance that with enjoying the journey, while working out the details & nurturing the results. I can’t wait for the new year & more of Tara’s inspirational posts!

  7. 2010 was not a great year for me on many levels. Progress was s.l.o.w. and there were a few big setbacks, but I am entering 2011 with high hopes and big ideas. More of my same, no thanks. More of your same bring it on!

    “In 2011, I want to see the full array of possibility for creation. My goal is to not feel shame for wanting it all. To not feel guilt if I don’t quit get it all.”
    Yes please.

    Thanks for all you are Tara and lets make 2011 HUGE :-)

  8. Hi Tara! I started reading your blog a few months ago and you are an amazing force! Thanks for all you do and put out there for us indie artists, it is so very appreciated. “My creativity – the power & drive to create – is not limited to yarn or paint or paper or clay.” I LOVE this. I want to be comfortable with the fact that I may never be one great thing, and this helped remind me that it is okay to be creative in many ways and still make a business work they way I need it to. That is something I am striving for. Best wishes for more of the same along with claiming financial, familial, & spiritual wealth!

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