Making A New Year's Birding Goal

I don’t do New Year’s resolutions, but I do like to review my life and think about the things I want to do more often. Whether I call them goals or intentions doesn’t matter. I challenge myself in a way that will help me to do more, and this year, I want that challenge to be about birds.

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Doing The Thing Every Day — Gently

Creativity takes practice, which is why people say “You should write every day” (or draw or sculpt or dance or play the tuba every day). There’s an understandable emphasis on consistency, on showing up again and again to do the thing, whatever it is. On working steadily, even if it’s slowly, so that, like the tortoise, we can cross the finish line. Even creativity guru Julia Cameron says so.

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Connections and Insights: The Gift of Sketching Daily

I started referring to our recent trip to Utah as “The Awe and Wonder Tour” when we’d only been there a few days. We were overdo for a vacation, and I adore the Canyonlands area and everything it entails. But I believe the real reason this vacation was so special was because I was sketching daily. I made connections and saw patterns I might have missed if I hadn’t been awakened by regular drawing.

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