If whims are light-hearted and frivolous, then wishes are deeper and heartfelt. The things that become regrets if left undone. 'I wish I'd...' is the start of a sentence you hear quite often.
I don't want to find myself starting sentences like that, so I'm going to make a Little Book of Wishes (find a nice notepad) to add to my Winter Box and I'll be making some of them come true...
For me this part of the plan is more about things that enhance my quality of life or make a change in life in general, rather than the smaller more self-indulgent wishes, although I will be including a few of those too! The things I don't want to get to the end of my life not having done or at least tried.
There will be way more than a winter's worth, but it's good to have them in one place as a reminder of what is important to me. Some wishes may be unachievable, but there's usually a way around most things with a bit of imagination and creative thinking.
So what have you always wished you could do, be, learn, create...?
Do you wish you were an author? Buy/borrow some books about writing and put them in your box. Add a notebook and pen to take out and about with you. Enter a short story in a writing competition or write a story for a child in your life. (Children are remarkably unjudgemental, especially if the story features them...) Or start a blog! Easy and free...
Always wanted to try calligraphy? Ask for some calligraphy pens for Christmas and add them to your box.
Wish your house was in a better decorative state? (I do.) Put some paint charts in your box and maybe some interior design books/magazines for inspiration, and make a start with one small thing.
Wish you had more fun and silliness in your life? Add some juggling balls to your box or indulge your childhood wish to be a tightrope walker - buy a slackline kit and get some exercise and fresh air while you practice! (I so want to try this!)
Or tap dancing? Find some lessons or put a 'beginner's guide to tap dancing' dvd in your box.
Always wished you were better at maths? Try a free online course...
The Open University has a huge range of free courses on all sorts of different topics.
Wish you could play the piano? Take inspiration from Freda and have a go...
And so on...
Whether it's creating a small windowsill herb garden or doing a computer programming course, make at least one of your wishes come true this winter.
One of my many wishes is to learn more about natural health and nutrition. Whilst most courses are out of my budget there are some free short ones online, so I'll be starting here.
A few Januaries ago, I wished I was doing something more creative. I happened upon some glassworking videos online that lit a spark, and accepted a relative's offer to have a play with glass in her workshop (different style but similar process). That April I spent the last of my savings on a kiln and spent the next few months learning by experimentation (my favourite way). By October of that year I had booked my first markets and started working full-time as a glass artist. Sometimes it doesn't take long to make a wish a reality. (I once started an Estate Agency from scratch in a weekend! Don't ask!)
This January I'll be starting to think seriously about whether to carry on as a glass artist and pondering some of life's other big questions, and I hope that a winter of Whims, Wishes and Wonders might help give me an idea of where to go next.
If your wishes are a bit hazy then a dreamboard can be helpful. Winter is also a good time to update your dreamboard if you have one, and although dreams differ slightly from wishes (topic for another post maybe), it's a good place to start.
Make the most of your talents, your time, your wishes... When you follow your heart, everyone benefits. If it seems a bit self-indulgent consider this:
'Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.' - Howard Thurman
Silly or serious, it's all good. Don't just wish it, do it!
And of course if you can help make someone else's wishes come true, then please do... It's a wonderful thing.
'Wonders' next time... (That will be a lovely part because it's about other people as well as you.)
These posts can all be found in the Plans category - see below.