It’s the little things

knit girl 1This evening on the bus I finished a book that I started about two months ago. It’s an itty bitty book that got shoved into my bag to be read on my afternoon commute, and that got shunted in favor of knitting, especially in the days close to Christmas because I was busy trying to finish this knitted doll for my daughter.

Today, too, I made a few personal decisions about cutting out some needlessly stressful things in my life, without regard for how this “looks” to others. Screw others.

In the last couple of months I’ve gotten far afield of my goals for myself as far as my writing and editing career (despite having signed with a new agency last month), and most of it is because I’m dealing with things that have nothing to do with my personal goals or needs. No more of that. Time to get back on track.

The little things can be good…finishing books and knitting dolls. Or they can be bad…other people’s pettiness that cause unnecessary stress. Here’s to more of the good little things, and fewer of the bad. Here’s to ending the year on a less stressful note.

For the record, my reading stats for this year: 15 books. I meant to read 50. Well, they both have fives in them. 🙂



8 thoughts on “It’s the little things

  1. jennigreenmiller says:

    I tell my kids to be proud of their accomplishments, even if it steers them away from another goal, because that goal is always in site. We should stop putting ourselves down… I agree, less stress.

  2. Becky Green Aaronson says:

    Tracey, your spirit/spunk/attitude always inspires me and brings a smile to my face. Here’s to getting back on track and having less stress! If it makes you feel any better, I only got in ten books this year (the least I can ever remember), but boy did I savor them…especially Roots and The Red Tent. Here’s hoping 2013 brings you all its best and then some!

  3. Tracey says:

    The little things can really trip you up sometimes. I had hoped to have learned that by now, but every now and then I need to be reminded to steer away from the bad stuff. But as Jenni said above, we’re all too hard on ourselves sometimes. Sometimes the bad stuff is just stuff we need to go through.

  4. Tracey says:

    Thanks Becky! I actually re-checked and I’ve read 17 books this year, not 15. I forgot to put a couple of them on my Goodreads tracker. That’s nearly 20. Well, I’m going to round up. 20 books! Woo hoo! 🙂

  5. judiththomasberg says:

    It’s easy to let yourself dwell on all the goals not reached or things you can’t do. But especially this year I’ve come to see, that only brings you heartache. Look instead on what you have accomplished and what you CAN do, because that is what really matters. So you didn’t read 50 books this year, but you’ve knitted and written and I for one am grateful for your wonderfully insightful blog, so don’t sell yourself cheep my friend. Happy new year!

  6. Tracey says:

    Too right, Judith. And thank you. I’m not worried about the number of books. In fact for 2013, my goal is only to read 20. I live and learn.

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