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Friday, January 01, 2010

A Letter to Cate, 2010

Dear Cate,

It's a new year. Full of dreams, free of mistakes, brimming with potential. Don't be afraid to do something with it.

The goals and dreams you have are going to take work. Devote time to your writing. Set aside time to read offline. Research and plan ahead. Get off your arse and go to the gym. Put down that cookie!

Not all of your dreams will be realized. And some dreams you don't even recognize as such yet - they'll be revealed along the way. Be open to them. Be willing to chase them.

Be confident. Love. Be loved.


WRITE - you have three blog projects you are actively working to cultivate. Be aggressive with them. Make them happen.

READ - in order to write, it's helpful to read. It's also calming. And inspiring. And enlightening. 25 books this year, any kind you like. You can handle that easily.

JOB - you know better. This isn't it. Fix it or move along.

HEALTH - you have 1/3 of yourself to lose. I'm speaking of the extra pounds that have piled on. The gym (and your goal of running a 5k) are great for relieving stress as well as decreasing your booty.

JOE - continue to support the husband. Remember to speak up for what you want and need; it's not that he doesn't care or support you but mind-reading isn't among his many talents. Be a good wife and allow him to be a good husband. Stop pushing him away.

SELF - you've made fantastic progress with your anxiety and reactions to situations. Continue to do so. Love yourself - you're more than you give yourself credit for. Don't let fear hold you back from doing the things you want to do or being the things you want to be.

It's going to be a big year, an even bigger decade. You can handle it. You can be happy in it. Now, go kick its ass.

P.S. This is from yesterday's cue at 7 Days 7 Answers. Write a letter giving yourself instructions for the new year. Would love for you to write yourself a letter. But mostly, I just feel good about writing mine.


Beth said...

This is an outstanding letter! You did a great job of building yourself up.

Go, Cate, go!

C. Beth said...

This is great, Cate!! Let's hope we can both rememberwhat we've told ourselves.

Jeanie said...

A very good letter to yourself, Cate. I think the key is putting aside the fear, of yourself, of others and of failure. It sounds like you have made some progress, so you know you can. Don't strive for the ideal, strive for the ideal you. (There's a 6WS somewhere in that). All the best to you for the new year.

That corgi :) said...

this is a great letter to yourself Cate; print it out and keep it close so you remember the great advice you gave to yourself today

looking forward to seeing how you progress with it as the year goes on

Happy New Year!


Snarky A. said...

This is so great, Cate! Brilliant idea, and excellent execution. Here's to 2010 being a kick ass year!

soulbrush said...

i wish i had this honesty to write to myself!

Seansmoma said...

This is a wonderful letter, I may just change the names and hang it on the mirror!

I hope you meet all your goals.

I set a goal last year to read 25 books, about half way through I stopped keeping track. So, I'm not sure if I made it or not. However, I'm doing it again this year!

Happy New Year! Good Luck!

Melissa B. said...

Rest & Relaxation top my New Year's Resolutions this year. Here's to 2010!

2cats said...

Very good Cate. You can look back and read this wonderful letter again throughout the year as needed.

Lisa (aka LadyWanderlust) said...

Bravo. Well-said and well-written. I think you should write a letter to my inner ME, too. :) Happy New Year!

Jazzbumpa said...

Cate -

I'm not sure what kind of writing you aspire to, but here are some books that might be helpful.

The Art of Fiction, by John Gardner.
This will change the way you think about writing.

The Art and Craft of Poetry, by Michael J. Bugeja
This is a nuts and bolts primer with lots of good tips.

I think writing poetry is good training for mastery of language, and will serve you well in intangible ways.


Rochelle said...

Wonderfully gentle and loving letter to yourself Cate -- with some rousing gonna kick some decade ass at the end - yay! Go for it sister.


blognut said...

Excellent advice for yourself! I have no doubt that you will kick 2010's ass all year long.

Happy New Year!

Megan said...

What a great letter!! I bet you'll do fantabulous this year!! =)

Ryan Ashley Scott said...

Beautiful letter. Post it on your fridge. Or maybe I will post it on mine - I could use some of the same tips.

Tiffany said...

Thats awesome and such good motivation for yourself! The letter is much better than just some silly resolutions that most people go back on before the week is out. I hope that 2010 is kind to all of us!

Kaylen said...

Great letter!!
I love this: You can be happier in it - go kick some ass!!

We should all adopt this motto.