I live in the south; like south of the Mason-Dixon line; like south of the north! One of the good things about living in the south is the weather. Even the winter is fairly moderate and there are very few days that are bone chilling and usually they are followed by 60 degree temperatures the next day. Apparently someone forgot to tell 2011 that happy fact! We have spent the better part of the week SNOWED IN! Here in Athens we got a record 8.8″ of snow! Then there was the sleet and freezing rain which laid the foundation for the ice skating rink that has covered the town for 5 days.
Snow isn’t all bad. The first day was great! We did the best we could to bundle up and get out and enjoy the snow. We threw snowballs, made snow angels, and created kool aide snow slushies. The first day was fun…days two, three, and forever…not so much.
The thing with being snowed in and having a very active seven-year old boy restricted to your living room for most of the day breeds cabin fever. It also gave a lot of time to read and think and chill (both literally and physically). I guess it was not bad to have this happen at the beginning of a year and let me marinade on what the rest of this year has to offer.
I’ve got big plans for 2011! I have to ask myself if 15 days into the calendar am I headed in the right direction to accomplish my goals? Have I started laying foundations for the biggest ones, researching the ones I need help on, and acting on the smaller, short-term goals? The reality is that I am probably about 50%. Which I guess is better than 25% but it is still brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! It really isn’t the weather’s fault nor is it because I’m “too busy”. I just haven’t done the work. No to be fair, it isn’t realistic to be 100% but it is also super slacker to only be at 50% too.
I was having coffee with some good friends a few weeks ago and they were asking me “what do you want your life to look like?”. The fact is, I didn’t have a good answer. I had some higher level goals (financial stability, happiness, being a good father) but the picture was really muddy. I’m a type A, super planner by nature. I love to create a spreadsheet and weigh the pros and cons. I love to check things off a list and I love to make plans. Somewhere in the last four or five years I have become pretty lame at executing the plans. There have been a lot of 50% efforts.
Maybe a week in the deep freeze was exactly what I needed. I got to spend a little time looking at what I really am trying to accomplish and more time getting hit in the face with the sobering news that I’m not actively trying to accomplish most of it. That realization was much more chilling than anything the snow could have presented. One of my list items is to write more and another is to build a new website. So that makes for easy accountability because it is easily tracked. So guys, kick my butt and help me be a better blogger and stay tuned for something totally different on the new website!