It is already day three of 2017! I must still be recovering from the busyness of Christmas to make me so late writing here. (Unfortunately, we all know that doesn’t have to be the case.)
Briefly … we got all our shopping, mailing of ‘away’ gifts, baking, and preparations finished on time – Yay! – minus mail-out cards that I didn’t do. On Christmas Eve we had six family members come by, then on Christmas day seventeen of us met around Dad’s dining-room tables (two tables end-t0-end) and enjoyed a delicious dinner to which all eight households had contributed. Gifts, desserts, and clean-up followed that. Afterward, my sister and family went home to enjoy their own time together, and my daughters and families and my dad all came to our house where my husband and I hosted another round of gift exchanges, snacks and an enjoyable evening get-together. It was a busy family day. Dad and I then went back to his house for sleep and the start of my week there. On New Year’s Eve nine of us got together at Dad’s for games, snacks, and fireworks. Now this week I’m home where I have so much to do!
The rest of this post is about my goals for 2017, decluttering what remains of past creative interests being one major project. I love to sew but rarely get to do that anymore, so I will pack up the huge collection of beautiful fabric to sell – what I know I’ll not use myself. Most was part of the online retail business I had for a while that had to be set aside. Now I need to sell off the greater part of it to reclaim my space. Know that feeling?
Along with that I have lovely sewing embellishments and crafting supplies to liquidate. Life circumstances can change one’s plans a great deal. I had hoped to sell most things through my business; now I’ll let them go at even lower prices.
As yet I have not managed to repurpose the room I had for my publishing. That room is planned to be my writing room; however, there is much to pack up and get rid of first, including the antiquated duplicating machine I used. It will be set out by the road during Spring cleanup and hauled away if I can’t sell it cheap.
I have started 2017 with several goals involving decluttering and selling off things, thereby reclaiming and repurposing space for writing and living. It means I have to get busy! There is so much to do here it can overwhelm me in short order, so I have to focus really hard on one little thing at a time. I don’t want to be paralyzed by the hugeness of my goal to free myself from things I no longer need or use. It’s going to take serious effort as I can become exhausted simply by the enormity of the project. Months ago my daughter introduced me to a minimalist website to help me simplify my life, which I’ve yet to take on because it seems like even more to do. 🙂 I think minimalizing is a great idea, though; who of us needs to have all the things we accumulate! Here’s the link if you are interested in looking at what is offered. http://my.becomingminimalist.com/
My underlying goal for which all the aforementioned is aimed is to write, write, write. I’ve signed up for Storystorm (the new name for Picture Book Idea Month) hosted by Tara Lazar for the whole month of January. It’s no longer only for picture book writers. Next week I will be renewing my membership in the year long 12×12, hosted by Julie Hedlund. I still have manuscripts to bring as close to perfection as I can, and then start the process of submitting them. The one I sent out late in 2016 has not seemed to hit the mark (the publisher will contact me by the end of January if interested), so after January I will have to revisit that manuscript and find other places to send it. (I could do it now but, obviously I have other things to do.) I’d love to have an agent, so in order to be ready for that search I have to prepare several other of my stories to completed as-good-as-they-can-be manuscripts.
Another of my goals is to set up much better records of submissions, rejections and all that fun stuff. Oh, and I must not forget the many books I want to read!
So, my goals are:
- declutter and reclaim space through selling and getting rid of things
- set up a writing room – through decluttering and getting rid of things
- write, write, write – which includes submissions, and well-written manuscripts to prepare me for an agent
- set up organized records for my writing
- read, read, read
Yikes! Although that seems like a short list, for me it’s a HUGE undertaking. Can I do it this year? I can try. There are twelve months in which to make my best effort. I didn’t even mention that I have specific plans for my blog this year, and I still want to learn to draw much better. Whew! (now I need a nap)
It’s your turn. Tell me … what are YOUR goals for 2017?
Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings! 🙂
A great list of goals and all doable! I have made my list and plan to post it soon. Your Christmas and New Years celebrations with family sound wonderful! All the best for 2017!!
Doable, yes, as long as I don’t get overwhelmed and discouraged. That’s a problem for me. I look forward to reading your list.
May 2017 be a banner year for you, Darlene.
I meant to mention that I gave up sewing to give me time and space for writing a few years back. It really helped.
I don’t think I can give it all up, Darlene, but I need to clear space so I feel less restricted creatively. I’m sure it will help. If I’m going to take my writing to another level I have to do this. Thanks for the encouragement. 🙂
Happy New Year! Decluttering is definitely on my to-do list this year. I made a good start before Christmas and then was waylaid with a nasty virus, prepping to have 14 at our table on the day, and since then, post-Christmas lazy time with family. Time to get back in gear. I have some writing projects to work on, too, and I’ve started an accountability group on Facebook with Monday check-ins to help myself and others get the writing done this year. I wish you every success with your goals for 2017!
Decluttering has been an ongoing effort for me, something I think we have to keep at … or not accumulate ‘more’ at all.
Your accountability group is a great idea, Heather. I wish you all the best with your projects in 2017.
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I think it helps me with big goals if I make smaller goals, like sub-goals. Say, for your writing room, maybe you could make clearing off the desk-top a goal. That’s easier and less mentally exhausting then making an entire
I like your suggestion, Erik. I’ve already learned it’s a near impossible task for me to do the whole thing in one smash, the way my time is so broken up and with all I have to do, so it will be easier for me to make the smaller goals in achieving the larger one. Thank you for that reminder. 🙂
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