I’m going to pretend that it’s totally okay that it’s taken me until the beginning of February to write a post about my goals for this year. Actually, it is okay, because I’ve been in survival mode and I’m damned proud that I’ve come out the other side of January alive and somewhat intact.
I don’t usually set goals in the New Year because, like most people with their resolutions, I never accomplish them, so what’s the point? (In fairness, my typical daily to-do list consists of ten to forty items, so I can be a tad unrealistic about what’s actually doable within limited time spans.) But, this year, there are simply too many things that need to happen, because if they don’t, I’m going to be one unhappy camper come 2014. I’ll be especially downtrodden if my writing life hasn’t evolved at all by the end of the year. I’m not thinking of the items listed below as “goals” in the sense that they will improve my life, or make me a better person. Instead, I’m thinking of them as nothing more than the contents of a to-do list, one of my many to-do lists, that consists of some larger, more time-consuming items.
Without further ado, here is what I would like to accomplish this year:
1) Write and publish my e-book;
2) Get the research done for my print book (non-fiction), re-outline my print book based on what I find, and HOPEFULLY get some of it written;
3) Continue to hammer out bits and bites of my novel (fiction);
4) Keep up with this blog, posting weekly and sharing some of my other work on the blog;
5) Revise two short stories and submit them to journals/short story contests;
6) Patch, prime, and paint my laundry room;
7) Replace the baseboards in my laundry room;
8) Patch, prime, and paint the main floor and stairwells in my house;
9) Repair and re-seed the lawn in my backyard, seeing as how I don’t have a dog to continue to destroy it anymore ;
10) Plant and harvest a more robust vegetable garden than last year, preserving and freezing some of my yield for winter;
11) Final purge in my years long decluttering process;
12) Get my son into first grade in one piece; and
13) Get back on track when it comes to healthy eating and fitness (I was on track for most of last year, but going back to work and sitting all day has caused me to backslide in this area).
So, that’s it, beyond my career and trying to have a decent family life in a somewhat clean home, of course. There may be some other huge things on the horizon, too, but I can’t really divulge them… yet. I’ve never shared my goals publicly before, so here’s hoping that putting this out there for the world to see will shame me into actually getting it all done!
Have a great week everyone. Here’s to putting in the time needed to make our dreams come true!
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A.N. blogs at http://notebooksandteacups.wordpress.com about writing, blogging, and the rewards and challenges of carving out time from an already busy life to sustain her writing life. Contact her here.