I absolutely LOVE this time of year! Not only is there great food involved, there’s catching up with friends and family, (for me) there’s some time off, and I love the reflection this time of year inspires. I like looking back and think about what went well during the past year, and of course what didn’t go so well. And I like to think about what I’d like to do differently.
What went well for me this year? I switched to a new job that I find rewarding and challenging. Sometimes I wonder if I’ve lost my mind considering the stress level of my job, but most days at the end of the day I feel like I’ve accomplished something.
I also worked hard and lost 13 pounds and KEPT IT OFF. I’ve NEVER done this before. I’ve lost weight, gained it back, gained more, lost, gained, I’m sure you get the picture. I finally became friends with exercise again. I LOVE the time I spend with my treadmill.
What didn’t go so well? Well, as stated in an earlier blog, I didn’t take enough time for me. I let myself spent so much time and energy on others that it left me drained. I can’t do that anymore. I have to find a balance that allows me to take care of me so that I can be myself and take care of others.
And in not taking as much time for myself, I didn’t take enough to write. I didn’t get any of the writing finished that I wanted to. I didn’t finish Carly’s story, I didn’t rewrite All I Want, I didn’t blog nearly as much as I wanted to. But, I’ve decided that’s one thing I’m going to start working on for next year.
I want to do more writing. And I want to progress from random blogs to more professional article writing and fiction writing. Recently, I found a piece of writing I had done in college and it reminded me that not only do I love the creative aspect of writing, of putting my words on paper. I like the challenge of the CRAFT. I love experimenting with words and phrases, twisting and turning the words to make them express exactly what I want to say. Most of the time, I just type out my thoughts, do a spell check, do a grammar check and publish.
I want to write something that MEANS something now. I want to write, think, rewrite. Mull it over; try to figure out what I can do to make it better. What can I add? What can I take out? I want to focus more on quality and less on quantity.
And I want to get published again. It doesn’t matter where. I just want to see my name written somewhere other than on my own blog.
I guess you can say this is one of my New Year’s Resolutions.
To continue to diet, exercise, and lose weight. That way I’ll look fabulous on that book jacket someday. 😉
And in doing so, I’ll be taking care of me.
All three work in relation to the other.
For now, I’m off to enjoy some ME time on this beautiful Sunday afternoon.
What am I going to do?
Whatever I want.
Peace! I’m out!
And for those of you who need some resolution inspiration, here’s some links you can check out.
“Relationship Resolutions to Make for New Year’s”
I’ll be working on a couple of these myself.
“New Year’s Resolutions We Can Live With”
A few funny stories about resolutions.
“Fun Facts and Figures about New Year’s Eve”
For the trivia lover….