We’re a quarter of the way through 2017, and I’m reflecting on my year of “no plans” so far.
And actually, I think I’m doing pretty good. That is — I’m not doing a lot.
I’m calling my “no plans resolution” for 2017 a success still at this point. Yes, I’ve planned a COUPLE things — I’m not gonna lie. But literally, just a couple. And I certainly didn’t plan them like I USED to plan things.
Here’s the high-level overview:
PLANNED BY ME:
1. Protest week in Washington D.C., and really this doesn’t count because it was planned back in 2016. So there.
2. Irish Days weekend in Murphys. And, to be fair, I barely PLANNED it — I just sent a casual text to some folks that we were going. And some folks actually came with. I didn’t even buy any groceries for the weekend, for crying out loud. My friends showed up and taught me how to make sushi! #friendwin
3. Meeting baby Arthur Braidman, only because there was no way I was not going to hop on the meal train and make a plan to meet our friends Jon and Allison’s new little nugget.
4. Nothing else.
PLANNED BY OTHER PEOPLE AND I GOT TO GO BECAUSE I HADN’T OVERPLANNED MYSELF:
1. Breakfast with Scott + Kristen + the kids on Alameda.
2. Protest in SF Civic Center and vegan food after with Marlene in downtown Oakland.
3. Dinner at Troy + Rhea’s and meeting baby Christian (planned by Trent; this was my inaugural Trent-planning adventure; I had a hard time adjusting but it was a breakthrough).
4. Weekend with Roni + Quincy at the cabin. I’m saying RONI planned this because she asked to come up and suggested the date (and brought hella delicious beer). And all I did was hang out and wait for her. Right on, girl.
5. Scott’s birthday party in Fresno.
6. Weekend with Marco + Giovanna at the cabin (planned by Trent; Take 2 went much smoother).
7. Don + Emma’s baby shower.
8. Barbecue in Niles with Julie + Liam and the crew.
9. Lindsey’s artist talk at Studio Gallery and Mexican food and beers after with friends.
= A great Q1!!!
= Why was I so obsessed with planning so much shit again?
I think this is my formula from now on; I’ll plan something to look forward to every other month or so; otherwise, it’s just roll with the tide of life. Be ready for what it carries with it.
And I’m not just saying that because I just planned a weekend visit to see my sister and a June camping trip. I’m sorry – there’s no way I’m going into the best months in California without a campsite reserved. I HAD TO.
WHATEVER. My formula works.