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conscious pov goal plannerI am a list maker. A planner. It’s the way I keep the juggle of scriptwriting and writing in script, of writing and editing and calligraphy and photography (well, less photography these days) – all of the bits and pieces of my creative life – it’s the only way to keep all the balls in the air. But lists aren’t simply practical. They’re creative. They’re calming. When I’m stuck with a story idea, or feeling overwhelmed by work to be done, I sit down, take a deep breath and make a list. And then it all begins to fall into place. The shapeless begins to take shape.

It’s not always perfect, but it has to start somewhere.

Lately, I’ve been making some lists for the year ahead. Thinking about goals and ideas for 2014 after working on a very cool project.

I collaborated with my friend Heidi in updating The Conscious Perspective Goal Planner workbook she created. Working on the planner had me thinking about the value in all of my lists. From the notebooks to the PostIts. About the possibility, the power, the potential, that comes when setting goals down to paper and working to make them reality.

It’s the perfect example of someone setting out to make the very thing they couldn’t find for themselves when they needed it. It offers inspiring words and guidance partnered with plenty of space to make it your own. It’s taking a look at work and life and the ways they intersect, figuring out what you need and what you don’t. (Isn’t it amazing how often realizing what you don’t need helps get you what you do?)

As Heidi writes:

…we use the New Year as a blank page, a clean slate, but for some reason when we make resolutions many of us seem to get back to our old ways quickly.

I think it’s because life just isn’t that simple.

Change takes planning. Shaping our futures takes both vision, and surrender.

Through December 1st, you can get the Goal Planner workbook through Heidi’s site for $5.99 CAD (that’s about $5 in the States). It’s a great way to end one year and begin another. One list at a time.

And now, five great things someone else said about planning for the future:

A goal without a plan is just a wish. – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning. – Gloria Steinem.

You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water. – Rabindranath Tagore

Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings. – Salvador Dali

What one does is what counts. Not what one had the intention of doing. – Pablo Picasso


allergy free baking alexandra wrote Some days when I’m stressing over the big things, I need to think about all the little bits and pieces that make it whole. That make it funnier. More inspiring. More interesting.

In just the last week alone, I’ve realized that:

If you bake allergy free, it’s a good idea to Google recipes every so often because you end up finding amazing things. Like a new way to prep flaxseed meal that no cookbook had ever mentioned that makes all the difference in the world. Seriously, check this out if you bake sans eggs. That whole “set it aside for 3-5 minute thing” is in the past.

If you travel the world but don’t see the US, you’re missing out. Sunday’s Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown would have been amazing whether or not you’ve spent time in Detroit. It made me feel so lucky that I have. Regardless of whether you’ve been to there, or have any connections to the city, you should see it. React to it. Worry about it. Be inspired by it.say nice things about detroit alexandra wrote

If on Monday you have coffee with your fellow screenwriter neighbor talking work and Sunday’s episode of Bourdain, and then on Tuesday get help from another neighbor who used to move furniture in bringing home a a heavy but fabulous antique piece…you luck out in the neighbor department. Seriously.

If you grew up adoring the Sound of Music and are furious about the upcoming NBC version, or like me and my sister preferred Annie or Gypsy any day and don’t really care about the remake, it doesn’t matter. A Complete Curmudgeon’s Guide To The Sound of Music is going to be a link you post to your Facebook wall. Trust me.

And now, five great things someone else said about the little things:

You need to let the little things that would ordinarily bore you suddenly thrill you. – Andy Warhol

Be content with what you have;
rejoice in the way things are.
When you realize there is nothing lacking,
the whole world belongs to you. -Lao Tzu

He who does not wish for little things does not deserve big things. – Belgian proverb

It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important. – Arthur Conan Doyle

Being content is perhaps no less easy than playing the violin well: and requires no less practice. – Alain de Botton


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