I don’t call them resolutions; I call them goals. Why? Because if I put a label on something, I fail to do it. But if I designate a goal, put a deadline to it, and steer myself in a direction, I might actually accomplish it (not always, but more often than not).
My goals last year were to just finish something writing related. What happened? I ended up putting my completed novel up on the Radish Fiction App where it is being viewed by thousands!
Is that success? Yeah I think so. Am I rich and famous? No! Goodness, no. That was never the intent (secretly in my wildest dreams and fantasies yes, but not the aim of the goal). The aim of that goal, specifically, was to get me to finish something (anything) by the end of the year. And I did it!
Make more goals, that’s what!
I want to eat healthier. How? Cook healthier! Keep myself accountable by sharing either here or on my other social media.
I want to find other creative outlets (for those days when writing feels like a chore). How? Internet, ask friends for their input, go to wine and paint nights, or maybe even ask my mom for crochet tips? Do something (anything!) that flexes that creative muscle and gets the juices flowing. My writing will thank me for this one I’m sure of it.
I want to let myself write for me. Stop thinking about how much other people are doing and how much I’m not. Just write what I want, and the stories I want to read. That way of thinking served me well enough in getting the first project finished.
Lastly, I want to do a proper clean out of my apartment. (Maybe that Marie Kondo had some decent tips). Go room-by-room, section-by-section until it’s cleared and once again feels like a space I’m comfortable living in rather than the drab and over-cluttered apartment it has become.
None of these are huge changes. None of these are shocking either. This year is about fueling my creativity.
Nourishing my body and my creativity so that I can write for me is my main goal this year. Heck, it might even be my new goal for my life.
What are your 2019 goals?