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Another New Year – Another chance to NOT Break a Resolution

I’ve joined the multitudes that don’t actually make New Year’s Resolutions. Most of the time, I break them. Statistically, most resolutions are broken by February 1st.

In the past five years, I’ve set goals for myself in several broad areas: physical, spiritual, emotional and relational. I wish I could say I had met all my goals. Most years I meet as many as I don’t meet. Last year, I met all but one goal.

Since I’ve embarked on the journey toward fulfilling my life-long dream of becoming a published author, I’ve mixed up my categories for the coming year. My categories are: hobbies, physical, spiritual, writing and other.

My Goal sheet
My Goal sheet

I made a handy-dandy chart and have my goals for the first two months already filled in. Why didn’t I complete the whole year?

I want to be realistic. I’m not setting myself up for failure, but I might need to keep a goal for several months before actualizing the desired result.

For example, you’ll notice that my physical goal for January and February is to lose five pounds. I intend to lose five or more pounds each month. I didn’t fill in the goal for March because if I haven’t achieved my goal weight (or more specifically the correct fit of my clothes), I might repeat the weight loss goal for another month.

Since I already have stated word count goals for my writing, I wanted to use project goals in that category. The reason I didn’t put a goal for March is because I’m not sure if I will actually be finished revising the first book of my series in a month. Since this is my initial revision phase, I’m not certain how long the process will take.

Of course, it’s obvious I expect the book to be ready for other eyes by March. My goal in the “other” classification for that month is to get the first book in the trilogy out to beta readers.

Most of my publishing goals and deadlines have been entered in the “other” category. Writing and publishing are separate aspects of my new career. If I’m going to be a professional writer, I need to always write (or rewrite) and not sit on my hands once I begin the quest for an agent or publisher.

What do you think about using goals to motivate you at the start of a new year? Do you still make resolutions? Is setting goals the same as making a resolution?

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10 Resolutions for 2014

Welcoming 2014

It’s another new year. I can hardly believe how quickly the calendar flipped in 2013.

Are you ready for another year? I love a new year because it promises a fresh start. Another opportunity to set and meet goals presents itself. The calendar is a clean slate – so why not my life?

What are your aspirations for 2014? Mine are simple: finish the novel and see it published. Simply stated, not so easily accomplished.

Thanks for sharing this journey with me.

Happy New Year! Let’s make it a great one.

Writing Resolutions

I’m so far from perfect…but this is cute!

Isn’t it ironic that my first post of 2013 to deal with writing and resolving to write more regularly should be posted a day late?

Saturday’s chores fell upon me. I delved into the syllabi for my next term in college (come back on Wednesday for more on this). The Shakespearean textbook alone was enough to strangle the will of the strongest, most valiant soldier. My oldest son returned to college – so there were goodbyes to be said.

Now that I’ve attempted to justify myself, I will ask that you don’t forgive such obvious excuses for the remainder of this year. I have some resolutions for 2013 and I intend to keep them.

I resolve to:

  • Finish my English Language and Literature degree. I know this seems like a “gimme” since I’m slated to graduate at the end of June, providing I complete the final six classes. I’ve struggled with the desire to throw in the towel on this one over the past several months because of the added stress in my life.
  • Maintain this blog at the biweekly posting pace. I think I’m going to add some book reviews into the mix and perhaps sprinkle it with more of my off topic writing on occasion. I would love to hear what you’d like to read about.
  • Get my weight back to where I feel healthy and maintain that as a “ceiling” weight instead of a “floor.” Do you see any numbers here? No. (Read: And don’t ask!) They’re written down, I promise, but in my mind I’m a 119-pound 25-year-old, so leave me to my fantasy.
  • Post once each week on my church’s blog. I’ve already started on this one. Since I am a follower of that blog, you can click on the name in the side bar to see my posts. Also, if you get emails when I post on this blog, you will be notified about my guest posts elsewhere.
  • Maintain my prayer journal. Let’s face it, I’m going to need plenty of divine assistance if I’m going to complete all these goals.
  • Finish writing the YA novel. Yeah, I’d print the title here, but the working title isn’t all that inspiring and I don’t want to turn any future readers off.
  • Submit a story for publication. I’m not counting the submission to the SNHU literary journal. I have plenty of other stories that only need a little polish and some marketing legwork to enter the fray of the publishing world.
  • Continue writing four hours  or 4,000 words per week. I will probably try the ROW80 challenge again, as well.

What resolutions do you have? Are writing resolutions harder to keep than others?

 

Home for the Holidays

No snow flurries accompanied the holiday bustle this year, but that didn’t stop the flurry of activity. Whenever my sons come home for the holidays, things get a little more boisterous around the house.

What’s not to love about being awoken from a deep sleep by your son yelling – at his computer game? Okay, maybe he was yelling at the people he was playing the game with. Isn’t that just semantics? When it’s after midnight and you have to get up at 5am the next day for work, rude awakenings such as this are just – rude!

It’s so refreshing to be quietly enjoying a book on the couch and have your adult son demand, “What’s for lunch?” I don’t know? What are you making me? He’s always so surprised and almost has a hurt tone of voice when he realizes, “We’re on our own for lunch?” Oh, yes, you are on your own.

Look at them enjoying their Christmas cookie tradition
Look at them enjoying their Christmas cookie tradition

I didn’t paint a single Christmas cookie this year. The mess they made and the haranguing they gave each other while doing it was quite entertaining. We managed to keep our most important Christmas morning traditions. We didn’t even have to turn on lights in order to read the Christmas story from Luke chapter two. Oh, the glories of an iPad!We’ve had a few fun moments playing Just Dance 4. “You’d have to do this for hours to burn any calories” (my youngest) has morphed into “I had to take a break after 28 minutes” (my oldest). Something about sitting in front of a computer tends to keep the cardiovascular system from operating at optimal capacity.

On the 29th, Tanner’s girlfriend came to stay with us for a week. We went to a Portland Trailblazers’ game at the Rose Garden that night after picking her up from the bus station.

There were shopping trips to spend gift cards and eating meals out. Returned gifts have been extinct in our household since the invention of gift cards. Of course, judging by the lines at the Customer Service counters, this isn’t true in the lives of everyone.

Christmas morning joy
Christmas morning joy

Holidays meant I didn’t write. I apologize for missing a week of posts on my blog. I had good intentions, but when my sons wanted to play a game or we had to head out for another social obligation, the intentions went to the resolution graveyard. Welcome to January! I’m pretty sure plenty of other new graves will be dug there within the next few weeks.

As much as my “bah humbug” rampaged in the weeks leading up to the holidays, I must admit that they weren’t as stressful as I feared. Isn’t that the way of things? We worry, fret and stress only to be disappointed surprised when things aren’t as bad as we expected.

Happy New Year! What are your goals for this new year?