Ready for 2014
Posted January 2, 2014on:
Happy New Year to everyone who reads my blog. I truly appreciate the time it takes to read blogs and to make comments. I feel honoured that you choose to read mine. Your kind words have meant so much to me over the past year.
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.
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.
Check (somewhat): I did get rid of some clutter but not enough. I stopped counting so I don’t know if I got rid of 365 items or not. It was a good idea though.
2. Complete Amanda in Alberta-The Writing on the Stone and have it published before the end of the year.
Fail (somewhat): I did not finish Amanda in Alberta but have 13 chapters of a 20 chapter book completed.
3. Take a trip to Alberta to do research for Amanda in Alberta with my eleven year old grandson.
Check: I had a great time doing research with GS 2 and came away with good ideas.
4.Ensure my foot returns to normal.
Check: I have looked after my foot well and, although there is still a bit of pain and I still can’t wear most of my heeled shoes, it is so much better.
5.Continue to look for more outlets for my writing.
Check: I have guest blogged for some great blog sites.
6. Write more travel articles.
Fail: I have not written many travel articles this past year.
7.Contact schools to do readings.
Check: I did a couple of readings at schools and a workshop at a Junior Author’s conference which was most enjoyable. Would love to do more.
8. Consider working part-time in order to spend more time on my writing.
Check: As of January 1, 2014, I have arranged with my employer to work 4 days a week, giving me one whole day to write. I’m so pleased this has worked out.
9. Take a nice holiday with Paul (without injuring myself)
Check: Paul and I had a fabulous holiday to Spain in May. I returned with all body parts intact.
10. Practice kindness with everyone I meet, no matter how my day is going.
Check: I have been conscious of practising kindness in my daily life and recognizing that not everyone has a good day everyday.
All in all I feel I did quite well with my 2013 goals.
Now for my 2014 goals:
1. Finish Amanda in Alberta -The Writing on the Stone for publication early spring by writing diligently and completing three chapters a month.
2. Get rid of unnecessary belongings, prepare the apartment for sale, sell the apartment.
3. Start new writing projects: a picture book, travel articles, another Amanda adventure.
4. Cut back working hours some more, possibly retiring.
5. Take an extended vacation to Spain or move to Spain by the end of the year.
6. Attend my grandson’s graduation in Alberta.
7. Spend quality time with friends and family.
8. Plan a few small holidays and/or getaways.
9. Continue going to yoga on a more regular basis.
10. Pay attention to the signs the universe is sending.
One of my Christmas gifts from my wonderful daughter was a 30 minute Tarot card reading and consultation. The cards indicated changes in the horizon and a warning to slow down. The three cards I chose at the end of my session were so amazing:
Break Free: Try different ventures and experiences as a way to grow and earn.
Simplify Your Life: Eliminate clutter from your home and work life to balance the flow of activities.
Divine Magic: Extra magical energy surrounds your situation right now. Expect miracles!
Wow, now I feel so ready for the coming year!
“Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.”
Whether you set goals or not, I wish you all the best that the new year has to offer.