New Year’s resolutions aren’t really my thing, since I suck at keeping them. What I do (my mom started me on this years ago) is write down where I’ll be a year from now.
Without further ado, here is what I will have accomplished this time next year:
- Gotten all 12 years of my notes organized
- Hired a literary agent (this has been a goal for . . . 8 years now? To be fair, I haven’t sent out a query letter in 3 or 4 years.)
- Leveled out on my meds
- Changed jobs, whether that be via “demotion,” change of departments, or taking leave to finish my degree (7 classes left and three years before my credits start expiring!) (Do you think if I get my novel published, they’ll count that as English 101 credit?)
- Dated at least one person (but will probably be single by Dec 31, 2016, let’s be real) (Don’t feel weird about that–being single has probably helped me get a good handle on things, even on the bad days when I miss him more than anything.)
- Learned how to control my awful spending habits so that I have enough to hire a maid. (I have finally accepted the fact that I am missing the tidiness gene, so I will happily keep the housekeeping industry afloat.)
- Received my phoenix and compass tattoos
That about sums it up, I think. I think that sounds like an active year. Of course, there are always unpredictable things along the way. There are a couple of things I left off for fear of jinxing them.
The dating one is pretty terrifying, too–I had a dream a couple of days ago that I can’t get out of my head. People tend to float into my life who could be my book characters, and this one is absolutely intimidating–the story line around this particular character is intensely emotional. Try focusing on the real world with that in the back of your head.
The other thing my mom and I believe is that whatever you’re doing on New Year’s Day symbolizes how you will spend your year. Mine is starting with breakfast with a friend, working (and I’ll be the only management present, so that should be interesting), and writing. All in all, that sounds like a good start.
(Plus, pleasant surprises are always welcome.)
Happy New Year, one and all. I hope your 2016 is better than your 2015, and is filled with many adventures, good fortune, and laughter.