We’re almost at 2014, Dear Readers!
In the last few years, I’ve noticed this huge backlash against New Year’s resolutions. People say how stupid they are, how they’re made to be broken, and how they prefer to make their goals for a new year in September, etc.
Every time I write a post about resolutions, someone gets her panties in a knot. I don’t understand this. If you don’t like making resolutions, don’t make them. But if you enjoy the process, what does it hurt?
I’ve made New Year’s resolutions since I was a kid. I love the idea of a New Year being a completely new start, where you can reinvent yourself if you chose and recommit yourself to the things that are most important.
At this time of year, I usually look back at the previous year’s goals to see how I did. I’m always up for self-improvement, and I enjoy tracking my progress year by year. Sadly, I can’t find any resolutions for 2013, which is odd for me. I always make them. Maybe I just neglected to write them down? In any case, here are the big things I accomplished in 2013.
- This was my first year working for myself again. It had its minor frustrations, but all in all, it was a wonderful year, and I’m sure next year is going to be even better!
- I FINALLY finished my rewrites for Dragonfly Summer, which has been on my list for at least two years.
- I wrote a new book, and almost all of a second one. I only have 20,000 words left to go on my first young adult novel.
- I did quite a bit to further my writing career this year: I went on a writer’s retreat where I actually got some writing done (30,000 words in a week), attended a writer’s conference, entered Twitter pitch contests, and hired a life coach. I also started blogging one of my novels.
- I finally returned to my kickboxing club after a 18-month hiatus. I haven’t gone as consistently as I’d like, but at least I have my foot in the door.
- I finally watched my fight. This was a BIG thing for me. It took me almost two years to get up the courage.
- I developed at least three new freelance contacts. Not sure if they’ll stick, but it’s always good to expand the business side of things.
- I recommitted myself to this blog, posting three times a week as of October.
- I made quite a few new friends and adopted a kitten.
- Keeping my resolution to travel more, I spent two weeks in Curacao and joined a trip to Bali.
- Submit Dragonfly Summer to agents and editors in the spring. No excuses!
- Rewrite Curacao book (no title yet).
- Write FOUR new books: two in my upcoming Egyptian series, a horror novel I’ve had percolating for some time, and a children’s book, which is long overdue.
- Rewrite my young adult novel.
- Submit and market the Curacao and young adult novels.
- Approach five new international markets for journalism.
- Send query letter to Cooking Light.
- Continue to blog three times a week.
- Continue to sell stuff for move.
- Start fixing up house for move.
- Go on a “buying diet”.
- Work towards fighting again, earning my green prajioud, or both, depending on whether or not I can maintain the focus needed to succeed in my writing goals.
- Begin Spanish lessons.
- Be a better girlfriend.
- Get a website.
- Kick my addiction to social media sites and identify time wasters and obstacles. Work on eliminating them.
As for this blog, I resolve to be a lot more honest. When I started writing A Life Less Ordinary, I’d hoped to remain anonymous so I could write openly about my life and what was important to me. That lasted about a minute, as everyone commented using my name. And, as I needed to use Facebook to promote it, keeping it a secret wasn’t going to work, anyways.
Using my real name has forced me to be careful about what I say. There have been many posts I’ve desperately wanted to write, but I’ve bitten my tongue, afraid of potential backlash. Then I wrote The Silent Killer. It was difficult and scary to write, but it seems to have resonated with people and maybe helped a couple of readers feel they’re not alone. This has shown me that speaking up, while terrifying at times, is worth it. So I’m going to do it more often…without venturing into the territory of over share.
My goal for 2014 is 156 posts! Please feel free to hold me accountable.
What’s your take on New Year’s Resolutions? Willing to share any goals for the future? Let’s inspire each other!
Happy New Year. Wishing you love, light, and all good things in 2014.