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Good follow-up post to my “writing more” goal (not resolution) for 2018. 😛

Happy New Year! Before we all climb in and buckle up for our 2018 writing journey, I think we need to agree on what needs to be packed. Now I know some of us are very excited about our journey but it’s vital we take the right stuff. We can’t get halfway through 2018 and […]

via 12 Things Writers Need To Pack For Their 2018 Writing Journey #AmWriting #Writer — BlondeWriteMore

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Did I finish writing that book in December? No, no I didn’t. Lest you think I was just not posting updates, I assure you I did not write another word. I cannot believe how busy this year’s holidays were. I know I say that every year, but seriously! This year’s Christmas in Minnesota was defined by three specific things: 1. We all traveled 2 and a half hours on Christmas day to my grandparents for the family party for the first time in over a decade. 2. My sister had a baby due on the 20th so we kept waiting for her to go into labor, but she didn’t until I left the state on Sunday the 31st, and the baby wasn’t born for 44 more hours after that. 3. The temperature in MN never rose above zero and most of the time was around negative 10 or, with wind chill, negative 20 – 40.

Daniel and I celebrated New Years Eve in a hotel Sunday night. We brought a bottle of champagne and bought a bottle of wine as well. We sat in the hotel lobby after about 8 hours of driving and played games while we drank the wine and ate stocking candy and split a personal sized pizza since no one believes in delivering food or keeping their restaurants open on New Year’s Eve. As one of my friends said, it will make a great memory!

No New Year resolutions this year. I am deflated from last  year’s failures. I do have some goals in mind, however. Yes, I know technically they are the same thing, but let me have my nuance!!

  1. Write more
  2. Finish reading the Bible through
  3. Lose weight, however much
  4. Most important: Pay off my student loans
  5. Mutual goal with friends: read a minimum of 12 books

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year!

 

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I have been avoiding writing a New Year’s post. Why, you ask? I think a majority of you can already guess the why. I have been thinking back to last year’s goals and how I didn’t meet a single one of them and wondering why I try to make goals at all and feeling like a complete and utter failure. No, I didn’t finish my book, lose any weight, or make money writing. What exactly did I do with the last year?

Well, I traveled – a lot! – for work. I . . . didn’t GAIN weight, even if I didn’t lose it – and that is a first for me in several years. I wrote half of a different book, even if I didn’t finish the one I was working on yet. I wrote a lot more regularly, and it isn’t nearly as forced as it was at the start of last year. I have mentioned my love of writing to at least 5 people, which is 5 more than I have told in probably 10 years. And I realized that I don’t really care if I make money writing. I just want to write what I want to write. And I got several articles (granted, very non-fiction) published for my work. Does company/government publications count? I have decided they do. At least to an extent. It is far more than I have done in a long time.

So, after much deliberation, I have decided that although I met none of my goals last year, I TOOK STEPS toward meeting them, which, again, is more than I can say for previous years. So, I am going to chance it yet again:

  1. Lose 20 pounds (yes, I am making my goal less than last time. Trying to be more realistic here, people – stop judging me.)
  2. Finish the first draft of at least ONE of my books (no, I am not going to say which one, because I am going to write whatever I want to write, and I am cutting out the editing part because I already know how long that is going to take)
  3. Submit something for publication at least once every two months (yes, I am being easy on myself. And Writer’s Digest contests count.)
  4. Have a rudimentary knowledge of Russian by the end of the year (I did when I graduated and completely let it slip – so there is no reason I can’t have a basic knowledge of the language again in a year, right?)

I feel like I am letting myself off easy this year. But as most people know, there is always a secret hope that you will accomplish more than you set out to do. So I figure if I set my goals lower than I actually want, maybe I will actually reach them?

And my 15 minute break at work is up, so that is it for now! Breathe deeply with relief, everyone – you just barely missed an irrational outburst of the meaning behind goals, how I have changed over the past year(s), and who knows what else?

 

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