Lookit here. We have finished another year. I know the traditional thing to do now is to reflect on the past year. But I am more of an in the moment type of person - memories are good, but no scrapbooking for me. Occasionally I take photos - that remain mostly in the camera. So no retrospective of the past year. We survived.
I do, however, love lists. And this is the time of year for list-making. Lee-Anne Ragan, president of Rock Paper Scissors (producer of hit comedy shows and corporate entertainment and training programs) is a sister after my own heart. She elevated the art of list-making to a new level: categories. And posted a series of comments from around the world's listers. There is the to-do (obvious), the to-continue-doing (these work, so keep doing it), to-stop-doing (ooh, I like this one. Eliminate things that just aren't working for you and are not making you happy), not-to-do (this would be your keep away from list), to-done (things you have done and are proud of accomplishing - remember and treasure this list), and the to'odle list: what to do when you need to float, drift and relax.
Remember the RPS production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Unabridged)? This is just one example of how RPS brings humour, laughter and positive action to the workplace and to the community at large. Check out their website for the full story or look at this year's lists at blog.rpsinc.ca. Make your own lists, in each category. Ragan encourages us to "think about what inspires and speaks to you" while making your own list. Here's some help to get started.
To-do: For adult (over 18) dancers, check out the Masters Dance Challenge from Raise the Barre Productions. This competition includes ballet, contemporary/lyrical, hip hop, jazz, national, stage and tap. Age categories are 18 to 40, and 41 to "still dancing." This will be the second year for this challenge - check it out on their website (www.raisethebarre.ca). The competition for 2013 is scheduled for June 7 and 8 at Key Meek Centre in West Vancouver. There are many competitions in our area for young dancers. This one is exclusively for adults.
To-continue-doing: going to live performances from our community theatre clubs. The New Year has some fantastic presentations from Surrey Little Theatre, Langley Players, White Rock Players, Fraser Valley Gilbert & Sullivan Society and Vagabonds. These groups all had well-attended performances for 2012, so keep up the good work as an audience member. And thanks for the support.
To-done: Members of the Westcoast Harmony Chorus can definitely put their gold medal win at the 2012 Harmony Classic competition at the Sweet Adelines International Convention on the to-done list. This convention hosted more than 10,000 women from Canada, the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, England, Scotland and Sweden. Westcoast's director, Anne Marteniuk, at age 25 is the youngest master director in the Sweet Adelines world. Impressive.
Although this may actually be something to put on your to-do list, you may want to join this chorus next year. Their motto is Real Women, Real Harmony, Real Fun. Free workshops and open rehearsals will be held for prospective members on Jan. 9, 16 and 23 at Parkland Fellowship (9574 160th St. in Surrey). These open houses are a great opportunity to learn some barbershop singing and performance skills. For more information, go to the website www. westcoastsings.com.
This to-done list is critical to Lee-Anne Ragan's thinking. She says, "This (to-done) one is often left off most lists I know of and yet it's critical to take time to reflect on what we've done, not just on what's left to do."
And that is inspirational. If you want more ideas and inspiration to fill in the not-to-do, stop-doing and to'odle lists, visit Ragan's blog at blog.rpsinc.ca.
There it is - Happy New Year. Look what we accomplished for 2012 and get crackin' on your new 2013 list. The potentials and possibilities are amazing. firstname.lastname@example.org
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