Okay. So it’s that time of year when we (hopefully) meet up with family and eat, drink and be merry. We stuff our faces with turkey and the trimmings, we drink Buck’s Fizz or wine or our tipples of choice and then afterwards, sated and with out belts loosened, or buttons on trousers undone, settle onto the couch and try not to fall asleep. And when we’re not sleeping, the inevitable question comes around – What are your New Year’s Resolutions?
I don’t have any. Well, none of the usual sort. Eg, I’m going to go to the gym; I’m going to eat more healthily; I’m going to take up salsa dancing and shift some weight; I’m going to climb Mount Everest.
They all might as well be that last one, because they will all be as unattainable. And the reason why? They’re not specific enough. Resolutions need details. Numbers. Precision.
I will go to the gym at least once a week on a Friday.
I will eat five portions of fruit and vegetables every day.
I will join that salsa class every tuesday evening at 7pm.
I will NOT climb Everest, because that’s just plain crazy!
These are still not my resolutions (except maybe that last one!). My resolutions have to do with my writing and some are easy and some are not. But they are specific. They have numbers, time and dates to be achieved by.
- I will buy a sign for my door that tells people not to disturb me whilst I’m writing.
- I will set regular writing times of 11am-2pm to write every day, rather than just doing it when I can fit it in.
- I will finish my novella I started (outside of my contracted books) and find a publisher for it, by the end of 2016.
- I will enter at least one short story competition by July 2016 and a second by December 2016.
I think these are perfectly achievable. I may achieve more than that, but I’m realistic and remember the fact that I still have four children in the house (and a husband) who all seem incapable of doing anything without having my input.
So! These are my resolutions. I may add some. Who knows? I’ve got some more time to think about it. I know I want to get my name out there more and write other things, so we’ll see.
But what about you? What are your New Year’s Resolutions? Do you set yourself any? Do you prefer not to and why? Let me know. I’m intrigued! In the meantime, have a very merry, happy and healthy Christmas!
Warmest wishes to you all,
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