Happy New Year!
New Years is traditionally a time for resolutions, which means you wag your finger at yourself and examine your flaws and look for ways you can do better this year. “No more double deserts,” for example. (A resolution I’ve made and quickly broken.) Or, “write every day or else, you lazy bum!”
I like to make resolutions, but for the past couple years I’ve started by first looking back at what I’ve accomplished in the year and patting myself on the back for a minute. I don’t know about you, but I tend to be hard on myself. A little positive reinforcement goes a long way, and if we don’t take the time to appreciate ourselves and marvel at the things we’ve managed to achieve, then what exactly is the point of achieving them?
So here are 10 of my accomplishments from 2014:
- Wrote a first draft of a YA novel.
- Revised a different YA novel.
- Got an awesome agent and worked with him on editing yet another YA novel.
- Got engaged to a wonderful man and worked with him on strengthening our relationship.
- Relearned Calculus
- Read 50 books.
- Successfully moved from Seattle, Washington to Minneapolis, MN.
- Managed to get a good job in Minneapolis and start working less than 48 hours after arriving in town.
- Learned how to do a yoga handstand, headstand, and forearm stand.
- Wrote two blog posts a week and was featured on “Freshly Pressed.”
Congratulations, to me! I did a lot in 2014, and I should be proud of myself.
And now here are some things I am going to work on in 2015:
- Work on being more light-hearted and kind (which includes being kind to myself).
- Work on being more present in the moment.
- Revise my two YA novels.
- Finish writing the adult novel I started in 2014.
- Finish planning the wedding and successfully get married.
- Learn how to do something new in yoga.
I hope everyone is having a wonderful New Years Day. Go eat your black eyed peas and say congratulations to yourself for completing another year.