The List from the Front of My Journal

This is the time for New Year’s Resolutions, but I don’t do New Year’s Resolutions. Too many big ideas for big changes, too little follow-through. So I’m not adding anything new to the list I already have written in the front of my journal. But I will do a review as an end of the year ritual. Actually, I do a review nearly every day. This list has been around for the last year or so, and they are the basics. So, in no particular order:

  • Write daily. Even if it’s ramblings, usually there is a phrase or idea worth further consideration.
  • Take the camera whenever practical, and when not practical. Then use it.
  • Learn something new every day.
  • Life is the journey, not the destination.
  • Act “as if.”
  • Breathe. Breathe again.
  • Treat others as I wish to be treated.
About Bo Mackison

I'm a photographer, book-artist, traveler, naturalist, and creator of the Contemplative Creatives Journey, An Online Workshop and Community and Desert Wisdom Cards and Workshops. Though often not well known, I find the desert a welcoming place - a healing space. Its mysteries and gifts transformed me several years ago. Since that first encounter, I return again and again to fill my well in what most people think of as a desolate region. I'd love to share my desert discoveries and wisdom with you. Please subscribe to receive my five part mini email course The Gifts of the Desert. It's my gift to you.


  1. You have stated some excellent advice in your journal. I especially liked the one, “Life is the journey, not the destination.” Happy New Year to you.

  2. I really like your list. Indeed. Happy New Year, Bo! 🙂

  3. I love the flower. Last year’s over and the flower says it all.

    I will admit that I was surprised that your list made no mention of skiing, coffee or beer. :(/:)

  4. suehenryphotography says:

    Yes! A very good list. I especially like “learn something new every day!”

    Happy New Year!

  5. That’s a pretty good guess. You are very shrewd and have great insight. 🙂 Verily you read me like a book.

  6. jeanabaena says:

    i love the picture. i think it would look great in sepia

  7. Love your list. Happy New Year – make it a safe and creative one!

  8. I like your list of ‘resolutions’. Have decided this year that instead of resolutions and promises to myself..I’m going to create a list of intentions.
    Breathe. Connect. Create.
    Wishing you and yours all the best for 2009!!!

  9. Happy New Year, Bo!

    I particularly liked your idea to act ‘as if’….

  10. Writing every day makes you better at writing every day.

  11. Happy new year, Bo. One of the highlights of my 2008 was getting to meet and spend time with you and Mr Bo, live and in person!!

    The photo, btw, is so wonderful. I love the simplicity of it, which is also what I love about your list. Simple, doable intentions.

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