So I had this whole big plan to resolve not to make resolutions this year, but then someone on Twitter pointed out that that was a conundrum in and of itself because clearly you can’t resolve not to resolve as that defeats the purpose.
The reason I didn’t want to make resolutions is that they bug me. On January 1st you wake up all bushy tailed and happy to get the year started right. And then by noonish you’ve given up on the diet resolution, by the third day you’ve stopped exercising, and by the fifth you’re back exactly where you started.
And really if something is worth making resolutions over, why would you wait until January 1st to do it? Why not do it right away?
Instead it seems like January first should be a day for setting goals for the coming year. Goals, not resolutions. It’s a fine distinction, granted, but it just seems more manageable. And less time sensitive. At least I won’t have to get them all done Friday while fighting a hangover.
My goals for 2010 are simple really. Simple in character, challenging in execution. Lofty to say the least. But I’ve chosen to aim for the stars so that I might land on the moon.
1) I want to sell an article to a national magazine. You know, before they all fold. I’m not picky, I’ll take a national parenting magazine or a women’s magazine. It could be short or long, whichever, again, I’m not picky.
2) I want to sell my novel. First I need to finish editing and find an agent. But I really want to get moving on the next part of this particular journey.
3) I want to start on the next novel. I have two in mind and I’m leaning more towards one than the other, but I need to toy with both a bit before committing myself to either. That said, I can’t wait to get cracking.
4) I want to take better care of myself – physically, mentally, and possibly even spiritually. Which might sound like a resolution, but I refuse to consider it as one. Let’s just consider this another step in the right direction.
5) I want to play more with the girls and with M. Or at least have more meaningful moments with them, both as a family and individually. Sometimes it seems insurmountable to take five minutes for a heart to heart or a simple cuddle, but the effects can be felt for days and I just need to make the time. It needs to become a priority rather than something that fills the downtime.
I better get started.
Happy New Year my friends. May this year see all of your most precious goals realized.