Every year at this time we evaluate the previous year, and set our goals for the coming year. I got an early start on that at the beginning of December due to my schedule suddenly being freed for me.
- What goals did I accomplish this year?
- What goals did I miss the mark?
- What goals are worth putting on the list for 2016?
For the coming year I have one theme – simplicity. It’s time to streamline my life, pull some of my irons out of the fire, lay down a few altogether and focus my efforts on the remaining irons. When I turned 30, I had one goal for every year of age. (EX: Read 30 books this year.) Each year I added to that number until . . . well it’s just not feasible or realistic to have that number of goals.
I don’t bother with New Year’s Resolutions, because they are destined to fail. What I do have is a plan to achieve my goals over the course of the next year.
I’ve included trivial things – like a certain craft project that I wanted to tackle in the year. I’ve included health and fitness plans – like the proverbial lose weight and get in shape.
2016 is going to be different. The scatter gun has been tossed aside and the laser sights are focused on 5 areas. Just 5! I know – for anyone that knows me that seems odd. Going from 50 goals to 5 is . . . . simpler.
- Professional – (writing goals, editing schedule, career development, courses) I have a list of my writing goals, as well as a list of “day job” goals.
- Health & Fitness – (losing the fat, getting on a regular fitness routine, and a healthy eating plan.) Lose 50 pounds and exercise 30 minutes 5 days a week. (I know I will have to work back up to that but I had the routine down before I derailed myself.)
- Relationship – (Marital relations, family, friends) Embracing the empty-nest and have more dates!
- Home Organization – (For me this is decluttering and getting our house ready to sell.) I have scheduled room by room to declutter, repair, renovate, and stage for selling. We are not going to get a storage unit to store stuff in, we are going with the austere minimalistic approach.
- FUN – because if you can’t have some fun in your life, what’s the point? What can I say? The party princess part of me won out! We won’t be going on a cruise this year, unless my new job pays really well but we will be doing something.
That’s it. That’s the entirety of my goal planning this year. I’ve been an overachiever for years and the more pressing issue right now is we are overwhelmed with the accumulation of stuff. I’m tired of stuff. I’m overwhelmed with stuff.
I have my appetizers ready for the party tonight, along with the spirits for the cocktails (my brother-in-law is playing barkeeper) as well as a batch of gingerbread men with happy little smiles. We aren’t underwater like many of our friends in the area, (flooding) so we are going to celebrate the New Year with a small little gathering close friends and family. Friday the first will be a day of rest and relaxation then Saturday is my birthday. OH yes, I will have cake.
Then come Sunday, since it is technically the first day of the week – the new plan goes into place.
Have you made plans for your year? I find that if I don’t plan, then the year simply passes me by and I end up a year older. When I make a plan and work on that plan, I accomplish things. I may not hit the mark that I’ve set, but I have made progress. I would rather be actively working on my own goals than end up a year older with nothing to show for it.
Happy New Year to everyone!
Whether you set goals or choose a more Bohemian approach, I hope that 2016 is a year of tremendous blessing to each of you! Tonight we celebrate – tomorrow we take over our little corner of the world one step at a time!
Till next time,
As we stand at the precipice of another new year, I am mottled with thoughts. Where we have been, as well as where we endeavor to go, are among them. I have decisions to make and yet cannot find terra firma to stand upon. I have never been one to make choices without a foundation beneath me to dig in. I am at odds, and unsettled.
I know that as the end of the third book in the series wraps to close, I have to make a choice. I have vacillated for months now about this decision. I am no closer to making it now than when I began. It has delayed production twice so far. Indecision is not normally part of my nature. This time, it is a choice between what I planned to do from the start, and what has developed since, but also it is a result. A result of watching reactions, sales, shares, and anticipation, or lack of anticipation.
I know, there are those who have been reading from the beginning who are ready to string me up by my toes to finish. I am so grateful to them that I cannot see straight most days. The truth is, I am a realist. I know, that is a weird arse thing for a fantasy writer to say, but it’s true. And, reality is that the numbers have not grown to sustain the work. Writing is a huge commitment to produce and follow through, but when the return on the labor is not there, it is more difficult to want to continue. Realist me does, and doesn’t.
I know, we are getting ready to start a new year and it should be an exciting time as we get ready to turn the page. I am. I am also, not. Like I said, I’m a realist. I believe thus that it is only fair that those who are following along, wondering what the bloody hells has happened to the next installment in the story, should know where I am. It’s only fair. I’m here somewhere. Just don’t ask where somewhere is. I’m not sure I know that.
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Yule passed me by without a flutter, Christmas is finally over. It hasn’t been the best holiday for me, but I managed to survive yet again. While I didn’t have the Norman Rockwell Christmas, I did take time to acknowledge that I am blessed. I have a roof over my head, food on the table, family and friends, I can still get around, and I have an exciting and promising future. That is more than some people have. Counting my blessings has always kept me humble. It also keeps me focused on the important things in life.
I look forward to 2016. The coming year offers me new beginnings. I will have the opportunity to do new and exciting things, meeting new people along the way. Hopefully, some of these people will become friends and an integral part of my life.
My first book is still going through edits, but getting ever closer to the end. It won’t be long now before I hand it over to my publisher for the ‘Sea of Red’ edit. I must be a little masochistic, because I’m looking forward to it. I know that once I receive her edits and get it all worked out, my book is a step away from being a published tome. That part thrills me to no end. I’ll take a deep breath, and continue working on the second in the series. LOL No rest for the weary in this game.
While the house is quiet, and everyone recuperates from the holiday excitement, I sit in my writing cave, working through edits, planning and plotting.
I hope you enjoyed your holiday with family and loved ones. May the coming year bring all that you wish for.
See you next year!
The busynes of the holidays is over for the most part. It’s time to take a moment and relax. It’s time to enjoy family and friends. This is what the build up has been for, so don’t waste the opportunity to share the time with loved ones.
Whether you celebrate Christmas, Yule, Chanukkah, Kwanzaa, or anyhting else – be blessed! Be a Blessing. Build memories and cherish the time together. Time is a limited commodity, and more precious than gold.
Have a cup of cheer – Be Blessed!
It’s been one of those weeks. You know the kind. It’s the kind where you’re pedaling your legs as fast as you can, trying to get from point A to point B, only to find out you’re on a stationary bike.
This is going to be a really, REALLY short post. lol. Yes, I could ramble on forever, but there are things that need doing, and I’ve been appointed to do them. I need a raise. lol
Anyway….I want to say, Whatever holiday you choose to celebrate or not celebrate, I wish you Tolerance of those who believe and celebrate differently than you and Love and Light for all your days.
Until next week….Happy Reading!