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New Year, New Resolutions

2015 December 30

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I’ve accepted that I’m a New Year’s resolutions person. I like to make goals for myself, as cliched and arbitrary as it can feel to declare these goals/hopes on January 1. It can also feel pretty crappy when you fail, inevitably, to fulfill all of your resolutions. Looking back on the resolutions I’ve made over the last few years, it seems I fall into the same patterns–of wanting to write every day, and work out more, and save money, and be a better friend, and lose weight, and blog more–more more more. But I guess resolutions are ultimately about hope–hope that this will be the year we can be different. Or at least that we can believe we will strive just a little bit more than we did before.

At my writing group’s annual holiday dinner (which went much better this year than last year), I suggested that we all share some writing goals for the new year. Here are mine:

  1. Submit at least five different pieces for publication
  2. Update Looks & Books three times a month
  3. Write for at least ten minutes five times a week
  4. Take a writing class or workshop
  5. Work on starting a novel

I think these goals are a tiny bit more realistic than past goals. Not by much, but it at least gives me something to shoot for. It’s important to have some concrete goals, especially when it comes to writing, because for me, “write every day” just isn’t enough. What do I write? Does blogging count? A page in my journal? An email? I’d like to start scheduling in writing time with a specific goal, and these resolutions might help me get there.

I have some other goals too–and I’m trying to be more practical and action-oriented with my goals this year than I have been in the past. Here are a few things I’d like to accomplish in 2016:

  1. Pay off my credit cards
  2. Finish reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Kondo-fying my apartment
  3. Volunteer regularly
  4. Take at least one day trip a month
  5. Find a new therapist
  6. Organize digital photos and files–get a portable hard drive for back up
  7. Learn how to ride a bike

Honestly, I will be over the moon if I actually accomplish half of these goals, but I think writing them out in public at least will hold me a tiny bit accountable.

What are your feelings on New Year’s resolutions? Do you have any to share?

I hope you all have a safe and joyful New Year’s–and here’s to a brighter 2016!


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  1. Anne Roy permalink
    January 5, 2016

    Excellent goals … I myself have 4 … I am going to do what I think is the easiest one first … it will give me the feeling of satisfaction getting it ticked off the list and the impetus to seize the others!

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