The Year to Come

There’s nothing I love more than a new beginning. Starting fresh, making decisions to change your life for the better. I love beginnings so much that I create them: Mondays, mornings, hours of the day, whatever. You don’t have to wait to make a change, to achieve a goal. But as much as I love small beginnings, I get really excited about the big ones, and New Years? Yeah, it’s the Big One. I know that freaks people out a little, the pressure to change or to achieve goals each year. It’s kind of like if you tried to run the New York Marathon having never run a race before. I see all those little beginnings throughout the year as training. And come on, guys. If you don’t finish the race this year, is it really that big of a deal? You get a fresh start next year!

I’ve spent the last week thinking about what my resolutions might be. They’ve got to be specific, but not so specific you couldn’t possibly keep them up. For example, you want to lose weight next year? Don’t just make a goal to lose weight. Set a specific weight goal and use it to motivate you throughout the year. On the other hand, don’t go so specific that you’re bound to fail. Don’t make a goal to exercise three times a week, or never eat sugar. What happens when you fail once? You eat a donut or miss a workout. Is your resolution void? Your resolutions need to be specific and achievable.

So, dum-da-da-dah! My 2012 New Years Resolutions:

1. Query Restless

2. Write a New Novel

3. Work on increasing energy levels

4. Get a puppy

5. Make more writer friends

6. Get my P’s

Three and five might seem a little vague, but I have strategies, friends. Resolutions just don’t seem as pretty when they’re paragraphs long. For my American readers, ‘my P’s’ refers to my provisional car license. Aren’t I a little old not to have my license yet? Well, I’m a motorcyclist, which requires a different license. For years that has suited me just fine, but after my husband broke his hand a couple of weeks ago I realized it would be helpful for me to be able to drive a car in case of emergencies. So, new goal!

What are your resolutions? Really, I want to know!

Looking off into the future in Death Valley. Which, if you read post-apocalyptic literature, could in fact be the future.

Oh, and here’s my weekly word count. Pretty cool, right?

21000 / 70000 words. 30% done!

The Year to Come

2 thoughts on “The Year to Come

  1. I haven’t thought about resolutions yet. Specific but realistic sounds very wise! Vague goals/resolutions aren’t really that motivating in the long run, so they’re not likely to get us anywhere.

    Thanks for sharing your 2012 resolutions! (A puppy? yay! And yay for querying your novel!)

    Lovely pic! 🙂

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