I just found the first blog post I ever wrote

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about how writing is a really good exercise. It paints a picture of where your head was at in a certain moment of your life. When you find something you wrote in the past, it’s a mixture of being amusing, a bit cringe, and endearing.

While killing time during a layover yesterday I googled my own name. Don’t judge, you’ve done it too. Sometimes curiosity gets the better of us.

Anyway, in the mix of results, I found the first blog post I wrote. It was 2008 and it was for the boutique clothing store I was working at part time while finishing my university degree. I recall the brief: anything you want.

So apparently the below is the 2008 me’s take on ‘anything’.

Mid Year Resolutions, Shuffle Fear and The Incomparable Doctor Seuss.

“This year has gone so fast, I don’t know where the time has gone”.

That sentence right there seems to be one of those things that is said far too often by nearly everyone I know. For the most part, it’s true. We are practically flirting with September and to think we’re closer to the next Christmas than the one just been throws my time bearings just a little.

It’s probably one of the reasons that I don’t believe in New Year’s Resolutions.

If we can’t get our heads around the fact that it’s mid August, it’s unlikely we’ve had time to really revisit our yearly missions that were made during the height of Summer when every day was hot and fun and you’d laugh at the idea of snow in Auckland.

That’s why, this year, I’m starting a trend of mid year resolutions.

A quick Google has confirmed that I’m not the first person to think of this. However, if it takes off, I’ll claim it.

Around August feels like a logical time to do this sort of thing. We constantly seem to be looking for pick me ups on chilly winter days and it just feels like there’s a bit more grit in making goals when it’s cold.

So here are a few of my new mid years.

1. Actually writing goals down. There’s got to be some Science to it, but when you’ve got something written in front of you and you keep stumbling on it, it somehow manages to ebb its way into your “to do” mentality.

2. Having an organised inbox. I’m not sure at what point I thought being
on every mail out list was a good idea, but when I had about 30 emails one
day without one being from an actual person, I thought it would be time to
refine. And trust me, it’s better this way.

3. Having a playlist where I know I won’t need to skip songs. There is a certain amount of anxiety associated with shuffling your entire music library. So sorting out a playlist that I can just let roll was time well invested.

4. Enjoying personal jokes for what they are and not trying to explain
them to other people.

5. Draw more.

6. Knowing that it’s good to have a plan but more important to remember that things never actually go to plan.

7. Making time to have a laugh and remembering it’s ok to be a kid
I’m lucky to have some of the best friends in the world and even
though half them are spread across the globe at the moment, knowing that
booking in a Skype catch up will more than likely result in stitches of
laughter is rad.

8. Remembering that when you are feeling impatient is probably when you need to exercise the most patience with yourself but as soon as you catch yourself becoming complacent is when you need to take the most action.

9. At Covo, always order ‘The Dolly’.

10. Simplifying things and reminding yourself what is actually important. Last week, one of my best friends sent me the Dr Seuss poem “Oh! The Places You’ll Go!”. It seems a little cheesy to live by a kid’s poem but it’s one of the more intelligent pieces of writing I’ve ever read.

So we’ll see how it goes.

I reckon I’ve got a good list going and I’ll be pretty happy to see the year out listening to good tunes, staying up late to Skype New York pals, and quoting Doctor Seuss when I feel like being a little bit profound.

Like I said: amusing, cringe and endearing. But all in all, not bad, 2008 me.