In this New Year do you resolve to, or hope to?

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Can you believe this is “the year of our Lord, two thousand thirteen“?  2013! To me, that seems a strange number; it feels different somehow.

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I think the beginning of a new year always brings with it that ‘starting fresh’ feeling, the way the outdoors looks after a fresh fall of snow — all sparkly and clean. The new year comes in like that — sparkly and clean with nothing marring it or tracking it up. We want our new year to be that way … unmarred with no tell-tale tracks. We want to start fresh, leaving the mistakes and disappointments behind.

Have you made any resolutions?  For the past several years I have not recorded or purposely written a list of New Year Resolutions. The many times I fell short, and then felt guilty about failing, led me to give up that emotional self-abuse.

Or are yours more like “hope to’s”? What I usually do is simply think about what I want to try to change in the new year, which is sort of making resolutions but it often happens less deliberately. It could be called my list of “hope to’s” instead.

My goals this year are centered around reading, writing, and attitude – none of which should be a surprise to you. 🙂

  • READING: You have no idea how many books I have collected over the years with the intention of reading them someday. The problem with that is my TBR (to be read) stash continues to grow as I keep adding to it and have less time to read. The older books are still waiting and the newer ones keep coming. My husband gave me an e-reader for Christmas (a Kindle) so now I have a growing digital TBR book stash! (What complicates it further is that I found a “free e-books on Amazon” daily list. Oh woe is me! but how delightful at the same time.) To say I love books is almost an understatement. My plan is for some of them to be reviewed on my blog, a few old ones, but mostly new titles. I have a waiting list.
  • WRITING: Of course I hope to continue writing picture book drafts and working on the ones I already have. I also hope to finish writing my novel this year. As for my blog, I’m now trying to formulate a better plan regarding my posts. I will still be writing book reviews, interviewing authors, posting about other things in between, but possibly something else will also take shape on my blog if I can get it worked out. Being better organized along with the habit of scheduling would be very beneficial.                                                             I have not signed on for the extra writing challenges this year that I enjoyed the past few years, as much as I would have liked that. Perhaps it will give me more chance to catch up on emails, blogging, and the book writing I mentioned. Maybe next year I will be able to try some of them again.
  • ATTITUDE: As you know, my word – since my birthday in November – is GRATEFUL. I have not made it my habit yet, but that is something I am aiming for – to become consciously grateful every day for something. And to say out loud (to God as well as to myself) — “I am grateful!” I believe in every circumstance there is something for which to be grateful, and once found it changes one’s attitude and perspective, and releases the stress – at least a little. I believe an attitude change will help me handle things much better, including the combined challenges as a wife, caregiver, and writer.

Perhaps I have set resolutions for 2013, but I prefer to call them goals … goals that I hope to achieve – not just in 2013, but as positive long-term life-affecting choices. 

How about you – what resolutions or ‘hope to’s’ have you made for 2013?

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Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂

 

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10 responses to “In this New Year do you resolve to, or hope to?

  1. I don’t make formal resolutions, but definitely need to find time to read more and watch LESS TV. I love my Kindle and download books from the library. All the best.

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    • I also have to watch less TV when I am home, and read more instead. I’ve yet to learn all my Kindle can do, and I don’t have wireless at home so have to download while at my dad’s.
      Thank you for your comment, Carol. Blessings. 🙂

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      • Lynn, I am really happy to hear someone else admit to the TV watching! I get so much more done when it’s off…like right now. It can pick up wireless, but you have to go to “experimental” altho you may have a newer version.

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        • Carol, I didn’t see mention of “experimental” anywhere, but the great news is: last night our daughter’s boyfriend was visiting and he helped me set up the router we’d bought! yay! I now have wireless for my e-reader, facetime on my iPhone, and for anyone wanting to use their laptop here. Call me happy! 🙂

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  2. I like to make goals that are possible. 🙂

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  3. These are great goals, realistic and doable Lynn. Best of luck. Glad I am not the only one with an ever growing TBR pile! I stopped watching TV a few years ago and now have 3 books published. It is amazing how much time it frees up. (of course I still watch Downton Abbey!)

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