January 1, 2012

Welcome 2012: Please Be Kind

New Year’s resolutions always cause me angst. I want to evaluate my life and commit to goals, but I feel such pressure trying to know today my goals for an entire year.

My overall goals never change. I always strive to be the best mother, wife, daughter, and friend that I can. This generally leads me to recommitting to working on patience. More than anything, I want kindness to be my gut reaction to all things. This means being kind to myself, too. Too often I am my own worst critic.

This week I will be defining my writing resolutions through a couple of posts. First, I will detail my writing goals as part of my A Round of Words in 80 Days goal post on Tuesday, January 3. This will be a day late, but for good reason . . . tomorrow I am excited to host fellow ROW80 writer, Elizabeth Ann West. She will be talking about resolutions and giving away copies of her novel, Cancelled, in eBook format. My review will be available on Mom in Love with Fiction the same day. (Preview: A squealing 5 stars!)

I will also be reviewing Stephen King’s On Writing in early January. It was the perfect book for me to read year-end. King lit a fire under my butt in many ways and helped me understand my writing style.

King drove home an idea I’ve always believed in: good writers read, and they read a lot. To that end, I have joined the 2012 To Be Read (TBR) Reading Challenge. I plan to join a few more reading challenges, to be announced at various times this month. In addition, I will continue to read and review books for Rebecca’s Reads and Mom in Love with Fiction.

To stay on top of my January blogging and start the year off right, I have joined BlogHer's NaBloPoMo (this month's theme is Beginnings) and the Ultimate Blog Challenge.

I feel added pressure with resolutions this year because I will be 40 in August. There’s something about “mid-life” that makes you evaluate where you’ve been and where you want to go. Two things I know I want to accomplish this year: complete a half marathon and finish my second novel. Wish me luck!

As far as the rest of my goals, I’m going to take 2012 one month at a time. I want to find a nice balance between family and writing/editing. I’m still figuring out how to structure my days to allow for dedicated writing and family time.

I’m raising my glass in honor of 2012 and hoping it brings all of you many blessings. May you achieve your goals, whatever they may be.


Anonymous said...

Lovely post...you have inspired me to click on a few of your links and find resources that support my goals and intentions for the year.

By the way...great half marathon goal...will you be joining a training group? I have completed two with two different training groups...this year I really need to complete a full marathon finally...walking, not running that is.

And...when th day arrives...welcome to your 40's...I have found my forties to really be a great time of simply coming into me in a more confident way. Not all easy, but all to a good end for sure.

Welcome 2012 and I look forward to reading so much more from you,

Z said...

Ha, middle age. My kiddo informed me last year that 'middle age' is 50 because it's halfway to 100. You've still got 10, kid. Live it up!

Tia Bach said...

Jodi, I think I will look for a training group to keep me motivated (you know, once the NY resolution high wears off ;-) ). Glad I had some helpful links, because I love your site!

Z, I like the idea of living to 100, so I'll take your advice. ;-)

Thanks for visiting!