2013 Resolutions

Last year I didn’t bother making a resolutions list because I’d failed pretty bad at achieving anything I’d set out to the year before, but I think it was a poor decision on my part because I am a list-maker by nature. Even the smallest tasks get written down day-to-day on a post-it and there is this great satisfaction for me when I get to scratch it off once it’s complete. I’m also someone who is pretty critical of myself and the expectations I set for myself, but last year I set none. Basically 2012 was a free-for-all in my head which isn’t wise for a planner like me. I love to live by a schedule. I’m not good at winging it. And so, this year I’ve decided to get back on the resolution train in hopes that this time next year I’m a lot more okay with where I am in my life than I was this year.

So, here’s a list of things I’d like to do this year.

  1. Finish one of my novels. Even if it’s the roughest draft ever, I need a completed manuscript in my hands. I’m just not sure I can keep letting myself believe I can actually be a successful writer one day if I have yet to produce a finished product. So far all I’m good at is having great ideas, great beginnings, but without endings that makes me pretty useless. It’s really time to prove to myself that I can do this.
  1. Write more in general. I suppose this is similar to above, but I mean in different ways. I have short stories I could write, I have other novels that haven’t really budged in a while. I want to improve on that too. I want to really absorb the writer’s life and it seems to me that none of them are ever just working on one thing.
  1. Read 60 books. I don’t know why, but 60 was the number I was really shooting for this year and I came close. There were a few months were I only read one book or none at all. As long as I don’t let that happen again this year, I should be able to achieve this. But just reading 60 books isn’t the only part of this resolution, I want some of those books to be classics, I don’t read nearly enough, and I’d like to sneak in a re-read or two as well. For years now I’ve been wanting to re-read my favorite book (ACHERON, a Dark-Hunter novel), but because of it’s enormous size and the time it would take to read it I always tell myself I need to read something else first. I think it’s about time I get rid of that thought. It’s my favorite book; I should be allowed to re-read it whenever I want.
  1. Learn how to use my camera better, to take better pictures, and to become better acquainted with editing software. I’ve bought a few books that I hope to not only read this year, but actually apply to my effort. I’d like to have a really awesome In Review at the end of 2013 that explores my growth as a photographer.
  1. Go to at least 1 concert. I miss out on shows so much because I have no one to attend them with. It’s a sad sort of thing to love music as much as I do and have no one to enjoy it with. But I’m really regretting all of the shows I’ve missed and I think maybe I just need to get over my fear of going alone and just do it. I know it won’t be the same to go alone, but I won’t be missing it altogether either.
  1. Lose 60lbs. (+/-) This will require a clean eating lifestyle and a deeper devotion to exercise, but I’m really ready for it.
  1. Create more in the kitchen. I’ve really gotten into baking this year, more than ever before. Not only is it therapeutic in some sort of way, it’s rewarding sharing my treats with people. I got a lot of new “tools” for Christmas to improve my skills and I hope to put them to good use this year, creating my own recipes and adding healthy twists to tasty treats.
  1. Make better use of my free time. I want to be as productive as I can whenever I’m not working or sleeping. I don’t want to look back and regret lazy days. I can rest when I’m dead.

What do all of you hope to achieve in 2013?

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  1. Anonymous

    January 1, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    Good luck! You can do it!

    I’m going without resolutions this year (again). However I will be happy if I’m able to assign a specific time for my writing every week.
    I will be here to cheer you along. :)

    • SarahWhisted

      January 1, 2013 at 11:27 pm

      Re: Good luck! You can do it!

      Thanks! I’ll hope you’ll find more specific time to write too! It’d be nice to hear you report success. 😀

  2. edgyauthor

    January 2, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    Although there are things I hope to achieve in 2013, I’m not doing official resolutions this year. Many of mine last year had to deal with writing, and…well…you of all people should know how much my ambitions have veered from that, haha. Life’s too unpredictable for resolutions for me! I seem to be more successful with my goals when I do them day-by-day, anyway.

    Anyhow, good luck with all your goals! It’d be great to see a finished novel from you, but don’t let the fact that you haven’t yet deter you. It took Lynne Ewing six years to write her first book, and it was under 100 pages, at that. Everyone works at a different paces, especially earlier on in the writing journey!

    I think it’s a good idea to do some re-reading. Even though I always feel guilty for doing it anymore, thanks to my monstrous TBR pile, it keeps me reading when nothing new is calling out to me, so that can’t be anything but a good thing.

    Fingers-crossed you have a super-successful 2013! 😀

    BTW, don’t feel like you can’t relax. “I can rest when I’m dead” has always felt like such an unhealthy phrase to me. As great as it is to be productive, we all need at least a little time to unwind so all our goals don’t end up overwhelming us!

    • SarahWhisted

      January 3, 2013 at 2:32 am

      Thank you for that little fact about Lynne Ewing taking 6 years to finish her first novel. I feel like you’ve told me that before, but I forgot. Still, it’s a nice reminder considering how successful she ended up being, and that she ended up becoming your favorite author.

      Also, I know I’ll have my downtime, but I just want to make sure that I don’t spend more time “relaxing” this year than actually “doing.” Being productive is good for my obsessive mind and when I’m not, I tend to slump into small depressions which just keeps me unproductive even longer. Don’t worry, I won’t over extend myself though. :)

      • edgyauthor

        January 3, 2013 at 6:50 pm

        Okay, that’s good! I always have to worry about doing too much because of my panic attacks, so I didn’t want something similar to happen to you!

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