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Jan 3, 2023·edited Jan 3, 2023Liked by Austin Kleon

Happy New Year! Thank you so much for all you share with us. Since others shared some good movies, wanted to add the Netflix documentary "Stutz", Jonah Hill interviewing his therapist. The thing that many of you will appreciate is that his therapist quickly draws his lessons on index cards. Here is a nice summary: https://www.netflix.com/tudum/articles/stutz-the-tools.

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Okay I HAVE to see this now! Thank you!

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Jan 3, 2023Liked by Austin Kleon

This year my watchword is Clarity. As a solopreneur, I have art business, teaching, university teaching, my workshops both online and in person, and new work to create. It is easy to get lost in the twisted muddle of it all. Setting intentions a day at a time works best for me--although I do a 90 day sprint in my business arc.

My favorite thing in all of these was the ten things we want to learn: if I have learned all ten at the end of this year, I will have accomplished much.

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Oh, Carol! Clarity was a contender for my focus word of the year. The 3 words currently fighting for top dog are (1) Clarity (2) Strategy (3) Success. "Success" may need clarity. Celebratory Accomplishment? Win? Now taking suggestions ...

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Jori I love this !

yes, in order to have success one needs clarity. Part of what I do, is, I’m a creative and I help other creative people find clarity or find their path through their creative expression. Everyone needs it. I have a client currently who is a nuclear engineer. she balances her work life , her creative life and her family life in an amazing way. I find my work life and my artist life and my personal life often get inextricably muddled.

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I've never heard the term "watchword" before. Can you expound on that? Is it something you made up or did you steal it from someone else?

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Emily, it’s an ancient term. The archaic meaning is a military code word, but it is a word that is expression of defining a persons core beliefs. You can look it up in the Oxford, English dictionary. I don’t know how anyone would steal a word a word is a word. I suppose combinations of words, used to Xpress, something or poetry, could be plagiarized, but using a word out of the dictionary, certainly would not be stealing.

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Jan 4, 2023Liked by Austin Kleon

Happy New Year! Gretchen Rubin's "23 for 23" Challenge is to spend 23 minutes outside every day in 2023. To ease into it, I've told myself it's a 31-Day Challenge, with options to extend. Chicagoland doesn't offer the most welcoming "outside," but I'm 3/3, so far! Cheers all.

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I think this New Year tip, which I got from a journalism professor, who won two Pulitzer Prizes for the Baltimore Sun, is helpful in making your year run smoothly. He had worked on a Coast Guard ship early in his career. Obviously, he had very, very little room to store his belongings, including his writing stuff.

He told us that one of the most valuable lessons he had learned in the Coast Guard was to immediately put back any object or material that you had removed from its storage space. And yes, everything had a space. I chuckled at the time. But guess what, he was right. I have started doing that in the past few months and wow, it makes my goals run so much more smoothly. He was right (and he did win two Pulitzers!)

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I love all these questions! They let you use what you gained or didn't like about the recent past, and create a plan of guide for the future. I really like Wendy's Less/More pages.

As for favorite movie of the year, I have to say, we watched The Glass Onion and enjoyed it very much, but on New Year's Eve, we paid to watch Three Thousand Years of Longing, and it was beautiful for the eyes, wonderful stories, and filled my dreams with magic and joy. Pair this with Daniel Nayeri's Everything Sad is Untrue (A True Story).

Cheers to your lines, less: it's done like this, and more: this is how I do it.

Great advice.

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Good to hear about 3000 years — George Miller FTW

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I’m purely a writer. Anything visual looks like I made it with my feet, but I came up with a list of ten things I want to learn that should elicit some giggles:

1. Play Ring of Fire on the ukelele

2. Bake brioche

3. Seem interested, not interesting

4. Write blog posts that get widely circulated (even if it’s only one.)

5. Patience

6. Relearn how to knit toe up sock

7. Knit lace

8. Bake an excellent loaf of a yeast bread

9. Write a sonnet

10. Learn the difference between the three Bs of classical music: Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms

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I'm thinking... permeability, osmosis—I'm good at putting things in their respective boxes, and I get a lot done that way (and power through some difficult times like that also), but this year I'm thinking it would be good if there was more porosity between the different parts of my life. Work and play, for instance—I have a really challenging job built around things I love, and it seems to me there could be more exchange between what I do for a living and what I do for fun—and I'm still really bad at bringing what I do in my daily meditation practice into the rest of my life. I'm sure there are other areas where the membrane could thin out productively. I'm going to keep my eyes open for those opportunities.

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Permeability is a powerful concept for living. Thank you!

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I'm going to have to think about how well I did with that in the past year, which was a difficult year all around. At any rate, it's a good theme to consciously continue in 2024.

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Nothing too specific, which I suppose is a bad way to set a goal, but I’d like to keep things moving in a general upward direction as the year goes on. Melted over the top of that is just an awareness to lead more with my heart and less with my head.

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Still working on ten things to learn, but two that came to mind:

Different ways of cooking eggs

Pickleball

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Pickleball! That's a good one.

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Another pickleball in 2023 vote here!

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Played today!

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Thanks for putting this post together Austin. I'm going to use some of these tools to get a later start on my annual look back | look forward efforts. As a long-time intention and resolution setter, it's both frustrating and illuminating that I could simply carry forward many items from years and decades past. BTW - if you are ever looking to do a side project - I think you could create a super short Austin's Guide to Austin PDF and people like me would pay to get your ideas for how to spend 3 days in ATX. Living in San Antonio and occasionally heading up 35, I've used your blog to plan some family itineraries - Nervous Charlies, Laguna Madre come to mind. Totally random thought, but it popped in my head and thought I'd pass it along! Here's to keeping it together in 2023!

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Jan 5, 2023·edited Jan 5, 2023

These are great ideas. I started documenting the books I've read, but I am at a loss about other things. After experiencing water damage in my home and living with all my "stuff" in the middle of the room for the last 5 months, the weight of past consumption (mostly books) is literally in my face. My goal this year is to thin things out. I want to be more mindful of consumption and spending.

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I’m still learning patience 🤣 I love these prompts though.

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1- proud of making new friends in a live painting together group.

2-tearing for....tears? Crying for? Alone time. not divorce , lol, just a chunk of alone time most days. Real tears from biting my lip , day after day, lawd have mercy.

3- The anxiety comes from ....my way of thinking. Also I don’t think I’ve had Covid yet. Passwords, And biting my lip.

4-Resources, Health, knowing I made it through last year ok, using my creativity most days. Husband, friends, in-laws, social media.

5- harebrained ideas, nothing very rabbity hole . I’ll work on that, could be joyful?

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I created a zine of New Year's journaling prompts for a retreat I facilitated last weekend. Feel free to print it and use it, friends!!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1TSJLoFqr_s7cE64Ji0YwsSlhk7-ov1gF/view?usp=sharing

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Thank you very much for this generous gift.

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I'm so glad you checked it out!

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I shared your prompts with my daughter and daughter-in-law who teach middle school in Switzerland. They both used them in their classes! Thanks!

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My app on android doesn't have the chat button. I'll just have to enjoy comments until then. It's all good.

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