Since my resolutions are always some variation of exercise more often and be more productive, I'd rather focus on goals. I've divided my goals into two groups: "Me" Goals and Writerly Goals. Here goes.
- Try yoga.
- Learn a new language (either Spanish which is more practical or French which is more beautiful).
- Go on weekly dates with hubby.
- Go dancing once or twice a month.
- Go to the movie theater by myself. I've never done this (my daughter loves going alone), and since my husband hates the movie theater, I must embrace this goal and stop feeling like a loser who doesn't have friends.
- Get up earlier. When I worked outside the house, I was up by 6:30 and out the door by 7:30. Let's just say I've gotten too lax in this department.
- Write more, read more and Facebook less. Now, I won't banish FB. Not at all. I love FB and bought the IPO so I want everyone to embrace FB. I just need more balance in this area.
- Take more walks.
- Learn to kayak.
- Ride my bike already!
- File (don't pile!) This is a tough one.
- Try a new recipe every week. I've done this over the years but usually fizzle out. But I have discovered many new recipes by tackling this goal.
- Play more board games and cards. In other words, adopt my parents' fun social life.
One of my writers' groups, Sleuths' Ink, asks its members to fill out two goal cards every December. One card is to keep and the other is read by the president the following year. Embarrassment equals motivation here and usually works pretty well among our members. Here are my writerly goals:
- Edit my novel, Thursdays At Coconuts, one final time and submit it to agents by June 1, 2013.
- Edit and polish two already drafted picture books (submit one by March 1, 2013, and the other during the summer).
- Flush out my picture book series with my daughter.
- Keep my blog current.
- Create a website.
- Attend new writers' conferences.
- Continue to submit six-word memoirs.
- Continue work on my non-fiction book of haiku.
- Continue adding recipes to my cookbook.
- Market What Do You Want To Be? and add a new element to increase new interest and add readers.
- Do a better job of marketing The Missing Key.
- Figure out how to get my picture books on Kindle and Nook! (At least hire someone to do this.)
- Hold a book signing in Florida.
- Meet Florida writers.