This post was originally intended for the 31st of December 2013…internet yet again acted up on me. Though, with internet as it is these days, today is a good day as any to get it out there. Also, to get going again with one of my new year’s resolutions – blogging (the list I will mention a bit later on in the post).
We said goodbye to 2013 a mere 3 days ago and welcomed 2014 – which funny enough is being dubbed ’20-4-me’ in South-Africa. Meaning that 2014 is the year you make your own. Where you put your own brand on it. Together with the new year we embrace all the potential it holds, we hope that it may be a better year than the previous with a fresh new list of goals and a brand new outlook on life to keep us motivated. I know that it is on my mind and I’m sure many others feel the same way after the year they have had back in 2013.
Together with your new set of goals you have yet again had the privilege to witness a new year being born, you also have been given another chance, another moment longer on this earth. That is why I think new year’s resolutions are there for. A clean slate to make a worth wile difference in not only your life, but hopefully in other lives as well.
The start f 2014 saw something rarely seen on a new years day, a new moon. A clear sign that this year ought to be special in whichever direction you wish to take it to and what you make of it.
as mentioned above, one of my new year’s resolutions is to blog again. One of my previous resolutions I didn’t quite live up to. And if I didn’t see the articles about why it is good for a writer to have a blog, then I guess, it would have faded into the background. This year however I plan to give a bit more effort to it. So, I plan to blog at least once a week or once ever second week even.
here are the others:
* Learn to work with a proper schedule!
I need to do better planning and schedule all the things I intend to do this year. from a day to day and week to week basis. This is important if I plan on achieving most if not all of my goals.
* Finish my Creative Writing course!
I seriously need to go and renew my course and get going again. I WANT THAT DIPLOMA…no matter what.
* Write 7 more stories/novels this year…
This might seem like a tough one or biting off more than I can chew. Even I realize it! However, seeing as I have participated in the 2013 NaNoWriMo and completed it, I know I can achieve whatever I set my mind to. Two of the planned novels are 45,000 words in length (apply the Nano style here and I will get it), two are about 60,000 words and two are 80,00 +, the seventh one I couldn’t just leave out as I got the idea during nano. So, if time permits I will write it or replace one of the others with it. The most important part here is getting the ideas on paper and writing the first draft.
* Be more patient and continue believing in myself
Having had issues with low self esteem for most of my life, last year I had many bouts of it which nearly caused me to pull out from the writing world completely. It got so bad I started scaring myself. So this year I will nurture my self belief and not back down and seek the easy way out. Also, learning to be a bit more patient at times – it will do me a world of good! 🙂
* Get back into my language studies
I might never be able to travel the world one day (that’s the realist in me airing her opinion again), and even though the dream of myself living in Italy in my little villa overlooking the picturesque Tuscan landscape (I see this all the time in my head) one cannot give up hope or never say never right? (Optimist here…) I always loved languages and being able to understand and speak a few wouldn’t do any harm. I absolutely love languages and the more you understand the broader your horizons will be. So, take an hour or half an hour every day and just listen and learn.
* Venture out and test my boundaries on every level.
I won’t know what I am capable of if I don’t try. That little word TRY makes the difference.
* Send in my finished Romance novels for publication.
Hey, I have been told this before and I intend on doing it. Sending in to the local publishers and to Mills and Boon which I have been dreaming of seeing my name in print with them for the last ten years or so. This year it happens and if they reject, I will keep at it until my options have been spent and self publication my last resort in that genre.
* Lose weight, be more active and healthy.
This is the most important of new years resolutions as in the last two years my health and weight spun out of control. I am at my biggest now, uncomfortable, feeling like a 80 year old instead of the 30 year old that I am. So, my aim is to lose 20 kilograms (more would be amazing but I am setting a low target for now as saying 56 kg’s would be too daunting. Cut the sugar, cut the fats and red meats as I aim to gradually ease myself into vegetarianism. Exercise more and just plain old working my backside off. This too will become a blog diary at some point.
There are many other goals, but sharing them will take forever. 🙂
I will leave you with the following:
“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.” Oprah Winfrey
“Another fresh new year is here . . .
Another year to live!
To banish worry, doubt, and fear,
To love and laugh and give!
This bright new year is given me
To live each day with zest . . .
To daily grow and try to be
My highest and my best!
I have the opportunity
Once more to right some wrongs,
To pray for peace, to plant a tree,
And sing more joyful songs!”
― William Arthur Ward
may they inspire you as they do me. happy 2014 and may all your dreams, your goals and desires be fulfilled as we say goodbye to the old and hello to the new!