New Years Resolutions

Before I begin, I would love to wish all of my readers Happy Holidays.  Whatever you celebrate, I hope you enjoy your time and as we approach that countdown to a fresh start, I hope you can look back at this year with happiness in your heart, and look forward to a year filled with new and interesting possibilities.

OK, so I lied last week and said that I’d be writing about Bad Guys this month, but I won’t.  We’ll get back to that next year.  In the meantime, I’d like to discuss something a little more on theme.  New Years Resolutions.  Which I hate.  When you sit around in December and look at your life over the last year, New Years Resolutions make you feel cranky.  They are rigid goal posts, planted in the ground to remind you of all the stuff you were supposed to do, but drove right on by.

So, I don’t make resolutions.  I make possibilities. I ask myself, “This time next year, where would you ideally like to be?”  And I remember that word, ideally.  Because it is important.  Life is usually far from ideal and a lot can happen in a year. As long as we don’t make resolutions, and list ideals, we can keep a clear eye on the list as potential goals, and not as failures when we don’t hit each of those goals within a twelve month period.

So, what are my goals for 2014?  I have a list.

1) Logan will be starting Kindergarten next fall, so I’d like to hope that, by the end of 2014, I will have a decent routine going after the great big change in the status quo.  Here’s hoping that by next December, I’m not still racing into my office late everyday because I still haven’t figured out how to get him to school on time.

2) I hope to be able to better manage my time.  I seem to have a real problem doing everything I want to do.  Which is not for lack of trying.  So, I’m trying to become better at procrastinating less, and staying more on schedule so I can have more time to see people and to get out and try new things.

3) I plan to manage my money better.  I went through quite the financial crisis this year, and I don’t intend for it to happen again.  So I’m trying to become smarter about how I manage funds, which means not spending extravagantly, and not offering to buy for everyone like I have a million dollars.  I don’t know why I do that!  But thankfully, nobody who loves me seems to allow me to anymore without a fight.  Thanks, supportive people!

4) I continue to shop out my short stories in the hopes of publication. I haven’t been getting any bites, but hopefully I will be celebrating another short story publication in the year 2014.

5) I would like to finish revisions on The Order of the Key and start shopping it out to agents/publishers by the end of 2014.

6) I want to get in better shape.  Do not read that as “lose weight.”  I just want to be more healthy, i.e. get my migraines under control, get my eating under control, exercise more.  Just generally become a more healthful person.

7) I would like to complete at least my first round of revisions on Legally Insane.  I do not expect to complete the revisions for this right away – the book turned out being about double the size it was meant to be, so I know this set of revisions is going to be extensive.

8) I have completed a prequel short story for the series I’m working on, Keys and Guardians (The Order of the Key is the intro book to that), and I would like to complete edits, begin shopping it out, and, preferably, have that published by the end of the year.

9) I have also recently started a new short story that I hope to have completed soon.

So that is my list of goals for next year.  This should probably give you a decent idea of what I will be babbling about over the next year.  Stay tuned for my end of year post, my year in review.  2013 was a sweet year.  2014, here I come!

4 thoughts on “New Years Resolutions

  1. It’s funny–I find it encouraging and hopeful to make new goals for the year! I think there’s some part of me that always thinks that THIS will be the year that really makes a difference in whatever area. I tend to break down my life into different categories, according to the roles I play and set goals in each one. I don’t always reach them all (okay, I NEVER reach them all!), but I figure I do better than I would if I’d never thought about it! 😉

    As far as health–I LOVE the page This Is Not a Diet-It’s Your Life on FB. She is positive and encouraging. She did lose a bunch of weight, which is what started the page. But then she realized that weight really isn’t the whole picture. And that we are far too obsessed with weight. And she was getting more praise for having lost weight than for anything else in her life. Now she does share recipes and her love for hiking and yoga, but her focus is completely on health. She often posts interesting articles on the sad state of the media when it comes to health, weight, and shaming people. She has a blog and a Pinterest page as well, but I mostly just follow via FB.

    I did find some “Yoga for migraine” poses and routines when I googled it awhile back. I love yoga, and doing it consistently does seem to at least lower the frequency of attacks. So do the supplements I take.

    Happy holidays and have a WONDERFUL 2014!!!!

    1. Thank you for the page recommendation. I’m always looking for new voices, health wise, so I am definitely going to check it out. Also, the yoga for migraine poses….but I’ve got to be careful. I have metal in my back, so I can’t do everything you normals can do. 😉

      Thank you for the ideas! I hope you have a wonderful 2014 and a very Merry Christmas! 🙂

  2. I’m normal??? That’s a first! 😉

    I do know some have found back pain relief through yoga as well, but I’m no expert and I’d never want to tell you wrong!! My area doesn’t have a whole lot of yoga professionals who have the knowledge and experience to answer questions like that, but maybe yours does? Or maybe something else will be a better option for you.

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