do, don’t try

Do, Don’t Try

When I cracked my laptop open this morning, there was a lot of trepidation.

I circled the thing like a cat.

I pawed at it a few times before I finally sat down, facing the screen like it was showing a horror movie. “After more than a week off, it’s time to meet you face to face again, my little zine.”

I could do a list of resolutions, I thought, but I won’t. I’ve always found resolutions to be a bit silly, or they’ve just never really worked for me, I guess. This year, during these times of chaos and disappointment, there’s a different attitude towards New Year’s Resolutions around.

I found that a lot of people I had been meeting and reading the past few weeks of 2017, talked less about New Year’s Resolutions and more about things they were actually going to do, if you get my drift.

They talked about their resolve much more seriously!

Some had actually started doing things. “I just joined a women’s reading group, we’re only reading feminist literature.”  “I signed up for a yoga retreat in February.” “I’m making more of my existing wardrobe and buying less fast fashion!”

All of this makes me feel queerly giddy, happy even. I feel like jumping in but in a thoughtful and deliberate way.

Maybe tough times do bring about the best in people?

They certainly do concentrate the mind and make you rewrite your “to do” list.  

Don’t Try, Do

The people I did my yoga teacher training with, used to say what some of us felt was an obnoxious thing. When one of us wasn’t doing or teaching a pose correctly and the words “I’m trying” slipped out, they would say, “don’t try, do!” 

Yes, it was exasperating, but it concentrated the mind, and it was right. The people around you can see whether or not you’re trying, your task is to move on and master it.

Be both gentle and disciplined with yourself. 

The Share

In the spirit of sharing, (one of my “do its,”) here’s some inspiration and some ideas, for the New Year, from two fellow bloggers.

You know I love Jamie, from Ann Street Studio, well she has a list of 51 things she wants to do in 2018, and something tells me she will cover most of it. It’s fun to read and ponder, and there’s a beautiful self-portrait with it.

The Silver Kat, a blog I just “discovered,” talks about stretching your wardrobe and saving money. It sounds like fun, and I think you’ll relate. And by the way, if you don’t know her, check her out on Instagram.  She’s quite fabulous.



I’m not usually the tropicalia, boho, pink flamingos type, but these earrings from Mercedes Salazar, could be (no pun) an exception. There’s something sweet about bees, (sorry, pun intended). The fact that bees are endangered, makes these earrings a bitter kind of thing though. 


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  • Melanie says:

    This is a wonderfully empowering post, perfect for the start of my New Year. Thank you. No resolutions here, but I’ll definitely be putting both my best feet forward this year, preferably one after the other, not at the same time.

  • Haralee says:

    Couldn’t agree more on more doing and more action for 2018! Happy New Year.

  • Allie says:

    Yes! My favorite motivating saying comes from a tech-oriented podcast, but applies to so much: “Don’t get ready, get started!” Happy New Year!

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