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Happy New Year! Looking back and planning ahead

Posted on: January 2, 2013

Happy New Year to all my readers.  Thank you so much for your readership, likes, comments  and most of all, your friendship. You have been so encouraging over the past year, I could not have done it without you.


We celebrated the New Year by attending a dinner party at a friend’s house. Flat Ruthie came with us and had a great time. She was the life of the party.  She enjoyed the appetizers a lot!


As it is the end of another year, it is time to see how I did with the goals I set last year at this time. I posted them for all to see on my blog https://darlenefoster.wordpress.com/2012/01/03/a-new-year-a-new-list/

1.Finish writing Amanda in England-The Missing Novel for publication this summer by writing a chapter a week for the next three months.

Check. I finished the book and it was published in August!

2.Find ways to make more money with my writing by setting up readings, writing magazine articles and entering contests.
Check. I did do some readings and wrote magazine articles as well as entered contests. I would like to do more of this though.

3.Blog at least once a week and double my subscribers

Check. I wrote 72 posts this year and went from 30 to 130 subscribers!!  I had 10,000 views from 107 different countries. I am very happy with this result.

4.Learn to manage my social networking by improving technical skills

Check. I have learned some new things about social networking but would like to learn more.

5.Reduce the clutter in my house, computer and mind
Fail. I have not only failed to reduce clutter I have added more.

6.Spend as much time with Mom as possible in person and on the phone

Check. I call Mom at least twice a week and went to visit her in Alberta three times in one year.

7.Find a reasonable cleaning service

Check. I had to break my ankle to get a cleaning service but I now have one.

8.Meet other authors to share knowledge and support

Check. I have become active in a couple of local writer’s groups and met some amazing authors, three of whom have become mentors. I have also met many wonderful authors through my blog and other social networking sites.  It is all good!
9.Take a trip to Europe

Check. Had took trip of the lifetime which included in Spain, Germany, Austria and Hungary as well as scenes along the Danube River.

10.Take time to breathe

Check. I was forced to take time to breath as I recovered from my broken ankle.

All in all, I am very pleased with how I met my goals from last year. OK, now for 2013 goals:

1. Reduce the clutter. I will take a page from Lorna at Tea Room Delights where she has decided to get rid of one thing a day for the entire year, for a total of 365 things.  This may help me get this done! Today I got rid of the old calendars.

2. Complete Amanda in Alberta-The Writing on the Stone and have it published before the end of the year.

3. Take a trip to Alberta to do research for Amanda in Alberta with my eleven year old grandson.

4.Ensure my foot returns to normal.

5.Continue to look for more outlets for my writing.

6. Write more travel articles.

7.Contact schools to do readings.

8. Consider working part-time in order to spend more time on my writing.

9. Take a nice holiday with Paul (without injuring myself)

10. Practice kindness with everyone I meet, no matter how my day is going.

We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.”
– Edith Lovejoy Pierce


I wish all of you a wonderful New Year with many accomplishments no matter how small. Just getting up in the morning or smiling at a stranger is considered an accomplishment in my book.

32 Responses to "Happy New Year! Looking back and planning ahead"

Love your post, Darlene. You have done much during your year in 2012. Congratulations on getting another book in the Amanda series out there. I need to take a leaf out of your post and maybe I can get rid of some of my clutter too…..lol. Hope you had a great New Year. Look forward to our continued friendship, enjoying our successes. All the best.

Thanks Diane! Good luck on the decluttering,not sure how well I will do with that one but I am sure going to try. All the best for 2013!

Go girl! And I think the practice of kindness is something to which I also aspire.

The world needs more kindness.Just think if everyone put that on the list. I will try to do my small part. I look forward to our continuing friendship in 2013

Wow – that’s impressive Darlene. I love your resolutions particularly No 10. That’s a lovely resolution and while I haven’t made any this year, I may just borrow that one. 🙂
Thank you for reading and commenting on my blog; thank you for your support and inspiration. Happy New Year to you and your family. 🙂

Thanks Judith.You have been an inspiration to me as well and I look forward to our communication in 2013 as we both practice and encourage kindness.

Good for you achieving all the items on your 2012 goal list. I have no doubt you will do the same this year. It is sure to be a good one.

Thanks Sheila. What adventures will we have together this year?

Wow – I only managed 14 blog posts – I better get busy in 2013! Well, first I need to think of lots of profound things to say:( I appreciate my cyber writing community, too – hope the new year will be full of few problems and much happiness!

Quality is much better than quantity in the blogging world 1 All the best to you and yours Jan in 2013.

A very Happy New Year Darlene! What a year you have had. You managed to do all the important things on your list! Hope you have a wonderful 2013.

Thanks Sharon. All the best for a fabulous 2013!

Happy New Year, Darlene. Hope you do as well in 2013 as you did last year.
Blessings ~ Maxi

Thanks Maxi. I will try my best. Have a wonderful 2013

That’s so great to be able to see goals you achieved this year. Have a wonderful New Year Darlene!

It is good to look back and evaluate the goals you set for yourself the year before. That is why I like to write them down in my journal. Happy New year to you as well!

First of all — no more broken ankles. They are not allowed. Now — great work on your goals for 2012! Here’s to a stellar year in 2013!

Thanks for yoru good wishes Beth. I am being very careful these days. All the best for you as well in 2013!

It sounds like your new year is going to get off to a fabulous start! All the best for 2013. Write on!

Thanks for stopping by Patricia.Happy writing in 2013!

Thanks for the recap. I love that you bared all! I would say you did verrryyyyy well in 2012, and I cannot wait for Amanda in Alberta! And the further adventures of Flat Ruthie….

Thanks Shea.Your support has been valuabletome. Glad you are enjoying Flat Ruthie! All the best for 2013!!

A couple of great quotes, Darlene. You did really well with your goals, though I don’t like the way you went about getting help with the cleaning! I threw out enough things on Day 1 that it was ok, since I was gone most of today.:)

Glad you liked the quotes Patti. It works to get rid of many things at once too, I plan to do that.

Congrats on meeting almost all your goals and best of luck this year!!

You had a pretty awesome year yourself. All the best in 2013!!

Happy 2013! Good luck in the New Year! I love the quotes!

Thanks Erik. Good luck in 2013 as well! You can use those quotes if you like.

[…] Happy New Year! Looking back and planning ahead […]

Happy New Year Darlene! Well done on fulfilling so many of your 2012 resolutions I’m sure you will do just as well in 2013.

Thanks Barbara. I wish you all the best in 2013 as well!!

[…] Every January 1st for as long as I can remember, I have made a list of goals for the coming year. The habit of setting resolutions has gone out of favour but I tend to need to have goals to keep me anchored. It is always fun to revisit the past year’s goals and see how I did. Here  are my 2013 goals from last year’s blog. […]

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