I love noodling. After I thought about the word, I wasn't sure I used it in the proper context, but sure enough, according to the free dictionary, one can...
-Noodle about: think about something in an idle, aimless, or purely speculative manner
-Noodle around: spend time investigating, perusing, or examining something
-Noodle over: ponder, consider, or speculate about something.
I started noodling in November, but I'll ramp it up in December. Will you join me?
But Stephanie, what are we noodling?
Our goals for 2022, of course!
Even though I'll spend a couple of days diving deep into setting my goals, I love to daydream, pray, reflect on the past year, and jot down ideas of where my focus should be in the upcoming year.
Noodling allows me to dream big or small, put zero limits on what's possible, and get what's spinning in my head out on paper.
If you haven't noodled before, get a big sheet of paper or a journal just for noodling, a sharpie, or pens, and write it down every time you get an idea. Lay it out where you have easy access to it. If you travel, take it with you. If you leave your home for work, throw it into your bag. Always have your noodling notebook with you wherever you go. You never know when an idea will strike! There doesn't have to be any organization, you don't have to work on a plan or next steps, and what you put down doesn't have to make it on your 2022 goals list, but the process is to help you get your creative juices flowing.
Next week I'll share how we start to make sense of what we've written down.
Stephanie L. Jones
Inspirational Speaker and Award-Winning Author of “The Giving Challenge: 40 Days to a More Generous Life” and "The Gratitude Challenge: 41 Days to a Happier, Healthier, & More Content Life"