I’ve gone off resolutions. I think they set us up for failure. As I try to live more in the moment, I think resolutions make me spend too much time regretting the past and feeling anxious about the future. However, I do believe in goals, and those are what I have for the new year – a series of goals that I can use on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. Before I share these, I want to sum up last year before moving forward to this one. If you sense a resolution in this post, feel free to reach out and slap me.
Here are some of 2009’s highlights:
- Finished my novel, twice. The first draft was literary fiction, written in third person, with three voices, and I had no idea where it was going. The second draft was crime fiction, in first person, with a strongly defined beginning, middle and end. There was a narrative arc, growing tension and a main character you could get behind.
- Kept up 2008’s exercise and healthy eating routines, albeit patchily. I completely recognise that exercising comes in spurts for me, and healthy eating is something that comes and goes, with the wind, usually according to how many weddings I have to attend.
- Travelled! South Africa, Crete, Berlin, Switzerland, South Africa, Dubai. Three of those trips were for weddings and each time it was more than worth it to be there and see people I love get married.
- Applied for a job and out of the 180 applicants was one of four people interviewed. I didn’t get the position, but will start writing freelance for the company this month.
- Read many, many books (see my incomplete list of Books 2009), the highlight of which was Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall. It’s a triumph of imagination and exacting research. I can’t wait for the sequel.
- Watched my children grow and mature and delighted in who they are becoming.
- Loved my husband truly, madly, deeply. It is a place where I feel both free and hugely connected, which is, I believe, how a relationship should be.
- Visited a doctor who is helping me take control of my migraines (a gum guard and jaw massages – not pretty, but a whole lot better than having to spend two days a month in a darkened room, crying with pain and vomiting).
- Tried to leave the Burg, but found to my surprise that I am still here and despite myself, loving it.
- Enjoyed my blog’s fourth year and met two long-term blog pals (Jeanne, the Cooksister, and Kit, who hosted my family to a superb Sunday lunch. On a Monday.).
And here are my goals – not resolutions – for 2010:
- Tidy up the novel, submit it to my beta readers, then submit to literary agents. Work on the cycle of short stories that I’ve got buzzing under the radar and flesh out my other novel ideas.
- Step up the exercise routine, and let the Christmas eating go. Eat fresh, healthy, life-giving food.
- Keep travelling.
- Keep reading.
- Keep loving my family.
- Step up my freelance writing business: build a website, do some marketing, hire a nanny if necessary.
- Keep fighting the migraines.
- Rediscover the joy in blogging, and tidy up my very out-of-date blogroll.
- Keep trying to leave the Burg. It will happen, one day.
Wishing you all a splendid, successful Twenty Ten.