I was in the bathroom at Outback last night (bear with me, this post will be neither gross nor fully centered in a restroom), and a thought came to me: I am not stressed at all. I don’t have to worry about getting anything done on a schedule; I don’t have people stress from relationships or students (or at least not any above the minimum of normal human interaction); I don’t have syllabi to write or papers to grade. I have absolutely nothing that I HAVE to do, and IT FEELS AMAZING.

I can’t remember the last time I felt this way – childhood probably. For years, I’ve lived with the stress (self-imposed for the most part) of too much to do in too little time. Now, I have all the time in the world, so much I’d like to do, and no schedule by which I must do it. Wow. This feels great. I walked out of the bathroom last night with a little wiggle in my walk. Woo hoo.

Here are the things I’d like to do in the New Year, no resolutions, no promises, just things I’d like.
1. Write a draft and revise my first book.
2. Travel to visit my good friends.
3. Purge my belongings down to the bare minimum of what I need to live.
4. Go to a self-storage auction.
5. Get myself eating and exercising in a way that I can maintain for life.
6. Read A LOT.
7. Sew A LOT.
8. Plant and Maintain my mom’s garden.
9. Hike and walk lovely trails.
10. Relax.

What’s on your “I’d Like to Do This” list for 2011?

In 2011 I'd Like to Be Happy