Writing resolutions for the New Year


The New Year is only a couple of weeks away, (provided, of course, the world doesn’t end) and I’m sure there’s a lot of people out there creating their own New Year’s resolutions. I’m a procrastinator by nature, but I’m surprising myself for wanting to figure them out now, not New Year’s Eve. So here they are:

1. Take care of myself

A person’s physical health affects everything else they do, really. In order to keep myself at the top of my game for writing, I want to get back into shape by Christmas 2013 so that I’m comfortable (and that doesn’t stretch the waist and thighs of my pants). That will involve a lot of stretching, possibly yoga, some fun exercises to go along with my television shows found at Back on Pointe, an exercise blog I follow, and possibly running (gasp!) with my husband when the weather becomes more acceptable in South Dakota.

2. Write every day

Even if it’s just for 15 minutes, I want to take some time every day to write, edit, or otherwise work on my craft every day. Practice makes perfect, right?

And that’s it. Yep, I have two resolutions. I wanted to set a couple goals for myself so that I can narrow my focus and truly accomplish something. It’s like Jenna Avery says in her blog (another that I follow), “Instead of making resolutions, we decide to make new life decisions about setting ourselves up for a long-term, sustainable, regular practice of our art? … Find the smallest increment of absolutely do-able, sustainable, accomplishment you know you can meet, and commit only to that, nothing more.”

So I have exercises planned and written out on days in my planner that I can do at home, and I can have my husband help me keep on track there. The writing every day will be more up to me, but I’m working on figuring out the best time for me to write every day and have it as a habit, not as an exception.

What are your resolutions?

I'm a lover of writing and books. I graduated from South Dakota State with a master's degree in communications in 2011, the same year I was first published. I'm a wife and mom, and I work in marketing in Sioux Falls.

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