2012 was a good year in many ways – I signed a publishing contract, started working full time again, read lots of great books, attended my first writers’ conference, had a fabulous three-week holiday back home in South Africa and a delicious 10 days in France and watched my family grow and develop in many delightful ways.
However, it was also scattered. I have no idea how many, or even which, books I read, work dominated my life, I had to prioritise down to the nth degree in order to get stuff done, my exercise routine dropped and shattered into a million dusty little pieces, I sacrificed eating healthily to the expedience of eating quickly, everything that wasn’t vital to everyday survival dropped off my to-do list, I saw my friends infrequently and I distracted myself from the things that are important to me.
I feel as if, in my haste, I forgot to breathe. Everything was a breathless, hasty, fuzzy rush to get the main thing done.
This year, I will aim for calm and clarity, for knowing why I am doing things and heading there step-by-step.
In the interests of achieving this, here are some of my goals for 2013:
- Sign an English-language publishing deal for Balthasar’s Gift
- Write daily, with the goal of providing a first draft of Karkloof Blue to my agent by July
- Exercise and eat for health
- Tick stuff off my to-do list
- Attend to people before tasks
- Remember that even if I love the job, the job doesn’t love me back*
And if I struggle to remember to do all of these things all of the time, I hope it won’t be too hard to remember just one small word.
* Quote from The Wire, Season 2
* Photo courtesy of Ellenm1