Whew! I love the holiday season. i really enjoy spending time with my family. But I gotta tell you, by the time New Year’s is over and the Christmas decorations packed away for another year … I’m ready to collapse!

Of course this year was even crazier with Mr. Nina being several states away, our house half packed and children home from college with the usual chaos they bring with them. I spent last week taking it easy on myself while I was down in Rhode Island spending a little one on one time with my husband. But the vacation’s over and it’s time a took a good hard look at 2011 and what I’d like to accomplish professionally this year.

I’ve decided it’s time I turn over a new leaf and really buckle down into my writing. I’ve posted the motto “No one’s ever published a book that isn’t written” over my desk in hopes that my writing resolutions for 2011 won’t go the way of my eat healthier resolution that completely crumbled with my will power on New Year’s day when I consumed half my birthday cake and then finished it off today. Yeah, well, it’s one of the reasons I don’t make resolutions … I feel like such a rebel when I break them.

But not this year.

This year I intend to list my goals right out where I can see them. It’s not so much that I didn’t accomplish what I wanted in 2010, but I just feel like I could have done more. Much more. I see others reaching new heights in their careers and as much as I shouldn’t compare myself with other writers, I can’t help but want what they have. That means buckling down and following their example of butt in chair and fingers on the keyboard. Every day.

It won’t be easy, but I’m going to hold myself accountable. I’ve got stories crying to be written. I’m going to find the fun in the creativity again. Every career ebbs and flows and I’m looking to catch a tidal wave and ride it into a successful year.

I do have personal goals (not the least of which is selling my house and moving) and I’m throwing those into the list as well. I’m hoping that when I see them everyday hanging in my office it will be a motivate me to try a little bit harder.

So what about you? Do you set goals or make resolutions for the new year? Why or why not? And if you do make them I’d love to hear what you’re hoping to accomplish this year.

0 Responses to I’m Baaaaack!

  • I try to NOT make resolutions because I usually break them. siiiigh. I did promise myself to write everyday. Not just a blog either! So far, so good. Like you, I have stories screaming at me! Sounds like you are as happy to see the holidays pass on as I am.

    • Regina – I feel bad about that, but it is what it is when it comes to the holidays. Though I do enjoy Thanksgiving. LOL!

      What do you mean blogs don’t count? Just kidding. I used to justify that as writing. Yeeeeah, doesn’t really get the book finished.

  • I use to make resolutions but it would not last too long and sadly they would get broken. I have made one promise to myself. To not take on so much stuff. Learn to say NO. Focus more on my work and getting those stories finished.

    • Savannah – I think finding the balance is definitely the key to getting things done. Too little and I don’t schedule time for things. Too much and I don’t have time to get everything done.

  • I hope 2011 is very productive for you! I don’t make resolutions. I do make plans but I have a thing about plans..you know, the best laid plans?

  • I resolved to never make a resolution many years ago. About the time our first child was born, hehe. He was followed 2 1/2 years later by another boy – and boy, oh boy- it was a waste of time to make plans.

    This year I’ve made myself a “promise”. I think a promise is more heartfelt, more personal. I’ve promised myself that this year I’ll will hunt for an agent. I’ll also get all my completed novellas out the door. No more editing!!!!

    I like your saying, says it all.

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