Sunday, January 3, 2010


Okay, so if you haven't read it yet...Donald Miller's blog about writing New Year's resolutions. I had to take a Donald Miller break for a while, but this was a good delve back in to the ol' Mills. Additionally, I feel like there are a lot of people in my life who are in a place where they're actively trying to live a good story (and figure out what that means).

So, to join the millions of other people, here are my New Year's resolutions.
  1. Send postcards to three people every month. This is because I want to be better relationally with people. I love getting postcards so I figure other people might as well. Also, I love having peoples' addresses. Creepy.
  2. Learn to rock climb. As I've gotten older, I've realized that I'm terribly afraid of heights when there are no railings. I still have minor palpitations thinking back on a time I thought my friend Bo accidentally fell of a cliff in Colorado. Learning to rock climb would be like immersion therapy for being somewhere very unsafe, all the while increasing the odds that I would survive should I need to escape by climbing up a mountain. It also is a good goal to contribute toward being more active, because mountains are outside and they aren't going to climb themselves.
  3. Finish my screenplay. I first pitched this screen play to some of my favorites at Lost Community group and more than the actual excitement over the screenplay, I love seeking out their guidance and receiving their insight and investment. I also want to get it done for a lot of reasons. A1- I want to further develop writing and comedy and seek out the direction I'm supposed to be heading in as an individual instead of waiting on other people to blaze the trail for me. B2- I want to do something epic with my friends. C3- I'm afraid that if I don't, I'll let this die, like a lot of other things, and it'll never happen. D4- I'm a storyteller. I have to tell stories or I die. That seems pretty dramatic, but I'm pretty sure it'll happen, which will be weird to explain at my funeral but will make for a pretty great story...
So, there you go.
There aren't alot of goals, but the pieces that will go in to accomplishing them are where it'll count. I'm going to have to collect addresses. I'm going to have to buy postcards. I'm going to have to find out where there are rock walls. I'm going to have to climb them. I told Erin about that goal and she said she wants to marry a boy who rock climbs, so now I've gotten her involved... see what I did there?

Next January, I'll hopefully be celebrating a year as a rock climbing screen play writer with maybe her first film under her belt? And a bunch of folks with crazy postcards who might've otherwise forgotten who I am.

Wherever you are, I hope you're excited by a blank slate of opportunity called 2010, and that you're grateful.

Love, MeLissa

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