Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018

I’m currently sitting on my couch, less than 2 hours away from a new year, watching my 8 year old play LEGO Worlds. My 13 year old wanted to ring in the new year with grandma.  I guarantee they’re at her house watching TV counting down to midnight. We’re a wild bunch I tell you. It has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that it’s 18 degrees outside. Why is it so cold? There’s not even any snow on the ground to make it worth it.

2017 has been a great year. I signed 2 book contracts. The first book, Hidden Danger, releases in just 23 days. I am way beyond excited. Going from rough draft, to pitching, to editing, to production has been an incredible learning experience. I’ve grown a lot as a writer. Now, if I can get my brain to just calm down and write more, that would be fantastic. I’m hoping once Hidden Danger releases I’ll be able to concentrate again. I’ve got several stories started and many more dancing around in my head.

I don’t usually make New Year’s resolutions. They never last. Ever. I can’t think of one that’s I’ve actually kept. Lose weight? Nope, always gain it. I am going to make a list of things I am going to work on this year.

  1. Grow closer to God. I want to read my Bible more. Study it. Relay more on Him and less on me. I need to be steadied and grounded.
  2. Be a better mother, wife, friend. Listen more. Play more. Care more.
  3. Get healthy. Yes, I need to lose weight but it’s so much more than that. I want to make good choices, not just for my physical health but for my emotional and mental health.
  4. Create a writing routine. I want to finish and sell the third book in my Small Town Guardians series. Keep the blog updated. Encourage and inspire others through my writing.

These are goals with no specific end date, weight, circumstance, etc. As long as I keep going and I’m one foot away from where I was yesterday, then it’s progress. I may only read through my Bible and glean a few new things that have never caught my attention but that’s more than what I knew on December 31, 2017. I may only lose 10 pounds but that’s 10 pounds lighter than I was. I may only play card games with people 3 nights a week but those are memories we wouldn’t have otherwise. I may only write 3 chapters but that’s 3 chapters closer to the end.

What are your goals, aspirations, hopes for 2018?

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