Word of the Year – Doer

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I don’t know if Doer is even a real word but it fits what I want exactly.

The concept came from A Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes. Dreamers vs Doers. I am a dreamer. I LOVE to plot and plan and organize myself, my family & my staff in cute calendars and planners with fun stickers and bright markers. But…what really gets DONE? Not much.

I put in what I will clean, who I will call, how many bills will get paid, the appointments, each meal & snack. But the dreams…oh the dreams… those have a separate Mead 5 Star notebook in different colors and always the #2 Ticonderoga perfectly sharpened, obsessively sharpened, yellow pencil.

The dream notebooks are my journals. Every “I wish I could stop drinking” sob story, the weight loss & exercise plans, the self-help quizzes and self-discovery, grocery lists, plans for travel, the future me.

Last year my turn around point was applying “Massive Action” to my drinking problem. I DID something. Rewards, treats, actvities and most importantly – people. Real humans. Not case studies in a self-help book.

I believe that there are two things that change me.

Movement & People

Interactions & exercise. Get out of the chair & go to lunch. Blog & take the dog for a walk. Join a group & find a real-life yoga teacher. Go to a movie (both people & movement). Sounds great right? But…

With this movement & people action, sadly comes failure. When I am home in my recliner, writing my dreams I can control the outcomes. When I leave this safe place bad things can happen.

And they did.

This last one took me down for two months. I found myself and my kids not getting dressed for a week. Ordering our necessities online instead of going to the store. Streaming tv and downloading books. Not blogging or reading. I kept making my world so small that I could control it again.

Maybe I’m just healing? I really wanted that to be true. I wasn’t depressed but I was disinterested. I had lost my desire to get up and try again. I just wasn’t doing…anything.

So this year is going to be about doing. Being a DOER and a dreamer. Movement & People. Less isolation and more interaction. TV and treadmill. Walking and talking. Reading and writing. Failing and getting up. And getting up…. And getting up… And getting up…..

 

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13 thoughts on “Word of the Year – Doer

  1. Lori, I’ve missed your posts!! But I’ve seen you out and about leaving nice comments for people:)
    I like your word. There is a lot of fear associated with doing. But there is also a thrill in saying, “fuck it, I’m gonna wing it and see how it goes.” I wing it a lot. hahaha. I should probably be more prepared (but that’s MY thing). BUT ANYWAY yes, yes, good word and perfectly legit. Happy New Year, this is going to be a good one for you!! :))))

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  2. I’ve been largely absent from the reading scene, so I need to maybe back up a bit in your blog to see what happened here, but, whatever it was, I’m sorry to hear it. In the meantime,

    I LOVE YOUR WORD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    And I don’t care if it’s real or not, it speaks volumes to me. I was just sharing with a friend that I needed a sign to point me in a direction, and I’m not kidding, this post did it for me!

    It also reminds me I need to write a blog post wrapping up last year’s word and announcing this year’s word! I can’t wait to read how this word transforms your 2016!

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