New Year’s Resolutions

Hello again!

I was so pleased to see the amount of activity my book review for “After the Curtain Call” by Nancy Polin received!  It’s a great book and definitely worth checking out.  Thanks so much to those of you who took time to read and like the review!

Now, on to my next topic.  New Year’s Resolutions: love ’em or hate ’em?  I’ve never really gotten on board with the whole resolution thing.  In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever truly made a resolution for New Year’s.  Maybe I felt it was too much pressure or maybe I was afraid I wouldn’t follow through.  I guess it just never seemed that important to me.  Then again, if we didn’t set goals for ourselves we wouldn’t have goals to achieve.  And that’s part of what life’s about right?

While the new year quickly approached (and I do mean quickly, holy crap) I gave the resolution tradition some thought.  I think I have some I want to make this year, but I’m already feeling overwhelmed.  Thing is, they are all achievable goals.  If that’s the case, then why should I feel overwhelmed?  Maybe because I will have to escape from my comfort zone in order to achieve them.  Or perhaps I have a fear of failure or the feeling that I’m not good enough, smart enough, to achieve them.

Below are a list of the resolutions I would like to strive for this year:

Goals for 2017

Read more books.  I’m a bit of a book collector.  If a book sounds good, it’s hard for me to pass it up.  So, now I have a ton of books that haven’t been read and they keep calling to me.  I want to read as many of them as I can in 2017 and they will, of course, pop up here in my book reviews!

Write more (aka, finish one of my novels!).  One of the main reasons why I created this blog was to encourage myself to write more.  I love to write and I have several novels started, but after I get the major scenes written I have such a hard time pulling them all together.  The “in between” writing has proved difficult the past year and a half and I use it as an excuse to just walk away.  I can’t do that anymore.  I know deep down in my heart that writing is the very thing I’m supposed to be doing with my life.  I’ve known that for a long time (since high school actually) and I’m tired of casting it aside.  So, I’ve been telling myself that anytime I get a few spare minutes, whether it’s 5 or 15, that I will write.  It could be a conversation between two characters, a free write session, or even some ideas for this blog.  Just as long as I’m writing.  I’ve slowly started to heed my advice and when I take a break at work, I write.  When I’m at home watching tv, I get my tablet out and write.  It’s not consistent yet, but I’m working on it.  Eventually it will become a habit and I will wonder why I hadn’t been doing it all along! 

Go back to school.  I recently discovered that the local college offers a two year graphic design degree program that I am extremely interested in.  I feel it’s a great career to get into and something that won’t be going away anytime soon.  I would love to learn how to manipulate photos, create graphics, etc…plus you learn a lot of the html/css codes that are important when designing a website (I only have a basic knowledge of html).  Graphic designers can work as freelancers or work for a company and the pay is good.  I had planned on contacting the college this semester to find out what all I needed to do to apply, but it got put on the back burner.  So, even if I decide I can’t go back to school next year because of finances, I am at least going to get the information I need.  

And finally…Find a new job.  This is one of the biggest resolutions I want to achieve in 2017.  I need a change.  I need a job that is less restrictive (so I can possibly do that whole going back to college thing) and I need to jump into a career that is fulfilling.  I have the desire to start my own pet care business, but I need to do more networking with other pet care providers to get their advice.  I keep telling myself I will do that, then I put it off.  I will admit, it’s been a scary thing to think about.  I’m afraid the business won’t take off, I’m afraid I won’t make enough money, I’m just…I’m tired of being afraid.  I’ve reached an age where I actually want to do something with my life, more than what I’m doing now.

Those are some pretty big resolutions to fulfill, but I’m going to try my best to tackle each one in 2017.  I may or may not succeed, but at least I can say I tried and have no regrets.  How about you?  Will you be making any resolutions this year?  Please share them with me in the comments section!