Wednesday, January 1, 2014

New Year . . . New Focuses . . . a New Plan (Dream Save Do #1)

Happy New Year!!

I typically do not make New Year's resolutions or any real plans for the new year. The academic calendar has been the framework of my life for 40+ years, and as long as I can remember, I've equated August not only with new school supplies but also with resolutions and new plans of action.

This year, though, I'm joining thousands -- millions, probably -- of people in using January 1st  as a time to begin anew.

First, for the next few months, I'll be living in England and blogging at least once a week about my experiences there.

On a more long-range basis, my focus will be shifting. While my overall concept of creating a new life will remain the same, I believe my focus is/will be sharper and my actions more deliberate. A few weeks ago, I downloaded from yet another book on simplifying and decluttering. I'm a sucker for books on simplifying, downsizing, getting back to basics, etc., so it was no surprise that the title Getting Rid of It caught my eye. I downloaded Warren and Betsy Talbot's book and began reading. From the first page ("Author's Note"), the writers' tone, style, approach appealed to me, but it was in the Introduction that I had a "eureka" moment. The authors explain that they decluttered and simplified in order to live the type of life they dreamed of; within 2 years' time, they moved from a dream, through a plan, to living that life.

Intrigued, I did some research on the book in which they explain exactly how they did that and, even more importantly, they walk the reader through the process so they, too, can identify their dream, plan to make it happen, and then live it. I contacted Mr. Talbot, and he graciously sent me a preview copy of Dream Save Do: An Action Plan for Dreamers, which I immediately read.  To say that the more I read, the more excited I became would be an understatement.

The Talbot's book provides exactly what I've been looking for -- a vehicle by which I can consolidate all my scattered -- and as a result, fairly ineffective -- efforts into one very focused yet flexible plan for creating a new and (for me) authentic life.

Today, then, I am going back to page 1 of Dream Save Do: An Action Plan for Dreamers (aka Dream Save Do) to begin the process myself, and I'll be sharing my experiences here at least once a week.

I can't wait to see what 2014 brings!!

If the idea of moving from a dream through a plan to living that dream appeals to you, I hope you'll get a copy of  Dream Save Do: An Action Plan for Dreamers and work through the book alongside me. I'd love to hear about your experiences. For more information, go to   (While I did receive a free copy of the book for review purposes, I do not receive any type of compensation for referrals.)


  1. Hi, Patti. We're so excited for you! We hope you'll check back throughout the year and let us know how the plan is working for you. We'd love to cheer your success.

    Happy new year!

  2. Betsy,
    Thank you so much for stopping by -- I hope you'll visit often! Between the final preparations for my trip and life's daily stuff and its surprises (about a foot of snow yesterday), I've been "Dreaming" and am really enjoying the process.