Happy New Year my friends! It’s the beginning of a new year and for many of us, a time to reflect on the past year. What worked, what didn’t, where would we like to be this time next year, etc.
I love goals. Resolutions, if you will. Dreams made real.
Every wish, every step toward attaining a goal begins with a dream. A whispered desire to your soul. Writing down that wish then becomes a goal. Having a cute journal to keep your wishes in makes it fun.
Last year, I didn’t make any resolutions, instead I focused on being grateful each day, which was interesting and fun.
For 2013, I’m still going to keep that practice, even if I don’t post a picture everyday on Facebook. This year, I’m going to challenge myself. Professionally and personally. And I invite you to do the same.
Write down your intentions, set goals, work toward achieving those dreams.
Post your goals in the comments, or leave a link where we can all hop over and support you in your journey! I’m of the belief that writing goals down makes them more real, something concrete you can see. But if you keep them hidden in a drawer, they are yours and yours alone. If you don’t achieve them, the only person who knows is you.
I’m stepping out of my comfort zone this year and sharing with you the lofty goals I’ve set so I have accountability. I have all of you to share my triumphs at the end of the year. I’m sure there will be some failures as well, but that’s okay. Sometimes success is built on failure. A lot of time, actually. So even my failures will be successes for us to share.
On with the goals!
In 2013 I will…
- Attend four conferences ~ Southern California Writers Conference in February, SoCal RWA Conference in March, Dallas Writers Conference in May, and RWA Nationals in July. **For each conference I must have a competed MS to pitch to agents.
- Finish edits for Because of You and start submitting to agents and editors. Take BoY to all four conferences.
- Write two books under a pen name. Book one to be completed by March for the SoCalRWA.
- Submit The Temple of Ardyn to agents and editors. Take to SCWC, DFWCon, and RWA Nationals.
- Write book two of the fantasy series with the first draft being complete by the end of December.
- Continue blogging twice a week.
- Learn to love Twitter
- If I don’t have a contract by the end of 2013 for any of the four completed books I’ve written, self publish. It’s my dream to traditionally publish, but sometimes dreams need to be tweaked.
- Live with intention every day.
- Notice the little things and don’t stress what I can’t change.
- Be more mindful of what I put into my body. It’s not getting any younger, you know!
- Be more active. Writing is my passion ~ I could do it 24 hours a day, unfortunately, the size of my ass is telling me that’s not such a good thing.
- Smaller ass by the end of 2013 (see above).
- Laugh more, worry less.
- Not everyone is going to like me. Accept this and love myself anyway.
- Play more board games with my husband. It might not be my thing, but it’s his and he’s always supported my wild ideas and passions.
- Have more sex! Yes, I’m putting this out there for the universe to see. Sex it great. I should never be too tired, too stressed, too anything not to enjoy this fabulous activity.
- Stay connected with friends. Facebook makes it far too easy to skip calling or sending a short note in the mail. This year, I’m going to make sure I see more friends face-to-face.
Now it’s your turn. What are some dreams you’ve got cooking up in your brain? My friend Debra Kristi gave me a cool mousepad for Christmas with a picture of a mock-up book cover for my fantasy novel. All around the edge is the word, ‘Believe’.
Believe it and make it so. Go out there and kick some 2013 butt!
If you feel like being even more inspired to set some goals, check out these cool blogs.
Patricia Sands reminds us that it’s not just about setting goals, but remembering those who came before us and to celebrate the human spirit. It’s a lovely post, please do read it.
Ellie Ann Soderstrom keeps it light and fun with her goals. 1st prize for sand sculpting, huh? Yep, she’s a wackadoodle and that’s why we love her.
Sydney Aaliyah keeps it real with reading, writing, and arithmetic goals. Math? Sure, why not! Read it to see what she’s talking about.
Elena Aitken gives us five tips to setting goals. I especially like #3 and #4.
And of course, Tiffany A White has some great T.V. related stuff for 2013. It’s not goal making, I know, but by now we need some relief from all the champagne and resolutions!
Whatever you do in 2013, be amazing.