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2013 December 31




It’s the last day of 2013 and it couldn’t come fast enough. While I’m looking forward to celebrating with good friends tonight, I’m even more excited for what tomorrow will bring.

Sometimes I make New Year’s Resolutions and sometimes I don’t. This year, I am making them as a reminder to myself of what I can achieve, of what’s possible, of how far a little resolve can carry a person.

Do you know that feeling of when you’re in the ocean, and a wave comes along and sweeps you up, knocks you off your feet, tumbles you upside down, and by the time you surface, you don’t know which way is up anymore and you seem to have drifted miles away from where you started out? That’s how the last three weeks have felt for me. And I know that 2014 will be more of the same, but in a good way, in a way of meeting challenges and getting my feet wet and testing the unfamiliar. 2014 will be about embracing change–No Fear.

Even though the last few weeks have been rough and have knocked me off-kilter, they’ve also shown me that I’m stronger than I give myself credit for most of the time. So it’s important that I enter the new year with that knowledge in mind, and keep it there.

Here are a few of my resolutions for 2014, in no particular order:

  • No Fear. (See above)
  • Finish a draft of my novel
  • Write every day, in some form


  • Take a writing class
  • Take another class in something creative, like knitting or sewing
  • Submit, submit, submit (my writing)
  • Challenge myself at work. Take on new projects and explore new options.
  • Get in the kitchen more–cooking, baking, whatever it is, I’m going to do it
  • Get back into yoga–I miss it
  • Keep working out as a priority in my schedule–make it happen at least 4-5 times a week
  • Make new friends
  • Reconnect with old friends and keep in touch with good friends–these last few weeks have also helped me appreciate what great friends I have
  • See my family more often
  • Create a budget for myself and stick to it
  • Take a vacation–go somewhere new!

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  • Appreciate me, take care of me, allow me to make mistakes
  • Use the Internet in a more productive way–too often I find myself scrolling endlessly through Tumblr and Pinterest just ogling the pretty pictures and feeling bad about myself. I want to read more articles, write more blog posts, learn more about the world and the people in it, not just the pretty things.
  • Write more book reviews on the blog
  • Have faith–in myself, my friends, the universe

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Do you make New Year’s Resolutions? What are yours for 2014?

12 Responses Post a comment
  1. Rebekah permalink
    December 31, 2013

    can this be your new blog header??

    you are right that you are stronger than you give yourself credit for. I’m excited to share my 2014 with you. <3

  2. January 1, 2014

    If you’re interested in writing a little every day you might want to look into It’s a way to keep track of a little bit of writing each day (750 words). While that sounds like a lot, it’s writing down everything you’re thinking and so it doesn’t really take that long and helps get you into the routine of writing. I forget how much it costs, but it might be worth it if it helps you.

  3. Melissa permalink
    January 1, 2014

    Love this post and I cannot express how proud I am of the way you have handled this whole situation. You have been strong, mature and graceful and you are already a better person for the experience. 2014 is going to be amazing, Boston better get ready!

  4. Raquel permalink
    January 2, 2014

    You are one hell of a strong lady, my friend.

    I’ll be glad to help you keep your writing resolution going, as it is one of my own goals for the year.

    Sending you hugs and wishes for a wonderful 2014.

  5. Christine R permalink
    January 3, 2014

    Jill, I love your resolve blog. You are extraordinary – always were. I think our lives can be gradual revelations of the strengths and vitality that we garner just living every day – whether in joy or desperation or tedious routine – resources that enable resolve such as yours. I also believe that gifted writers are never without such unwanted moments that impel one into deeper discernment of human passion.
    I was so glad to see that you had not abandoned “hope” – the gift that remained in Pandora’s jar. I so love this Dickinson poem:

    Hope is the thing with feathers
    That perches in the soul,
    And sings the tune–without the words,
    And never stops at all,

    And sweetest in the gale is heard;
    And sore must be the storm
    That could abash the little bird
    That kept so many warm.

    I’ve heard it in the chillest land,
    And on the strangest sea;
    Yet, never, in extremity,
    It asked a crumb of me.

    Good luck with the 2014 waves – do you really want to go to Saudi Arabia?

  6. Nicole permalink
    January 3, 2014

    You are the fiercest, my dear. This is a good list!

    I tend to keep my somewhat general and short or else I get overwhelmed and give up. For 2014:

    – Knockout some school loans (Take that SallieMae!)
    – Travel (maybe back to California, definitely to Paris)
    – Two date nights per month
    – Add girl’s night out once a month

  7. January 5, 2014

    A very fine list of resolutions and reminders of what’s important in life. I am confident you’ll make the most of 2014! x

  8. Nancy permalink
    January 5, 2014

    I love this post, Jill – the graphics, the writing and the sentiment. You have been very inspirational over the past few weeks. You have shown your perseverance, your exceptional character, and your ability to share. All good things to show off to the world. 2014 here we come!!

  9. kyley permalink
    January 6, 2014

    I love these resolutions! 2014 is going to hold things for you, Jill!

    My primary resolution is to read (a lot) more. After graduate school, I fell into a very bad habit of watching reality TV and not opening books. I also stopped writing, and I need to create the space for that in my life. I’m a more content person when I’m reading and writing regularly.

    • kyley permalink
      January 6, 2014

      That was supposed to say ” 2014 is going to hold good things for you, Jill!”

  10. Mike permalink
    January 6, 2014

    Jill, you are wonderful. : ) The theme for the retreat I’m working on is “sharing hope,” so the Hebrews passage really got me just now. Be gentle with yourself! You’re loved.

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