Another year has come and gone. I reached one of my writing goals–to have another book in contract–but missed another–polishing a work in progress. That’s okay. I have a new year ahead of me full of opportunity.
I no longer make New Year’s Resolutions. Not only did they tend to be way too lofty (lose 10 pounds, write a best seller) but also lacked concrete steps. By February, I failed to make good on the promise of a year.
The arrival of a new wall calendar still offers me opportunities for a fresh start. A few years ago, I committed to having a smaller environmental footprint. Although that phrase smacks of over ambition, I found ways to make it work by looking for small shifts in my behavior. I committed to composting coffee grounds and banana peels. Now, composting is routine and throw out less garbage. When I learned the plastic beads in cosmetics and soaps end up in the ocean, I stopped purchasing polluting products. This year, my goal is to learn more about my local eco-system since I know little about Minnesota and how my life choices influence the land of 10,000 lakes.
Professionally, I’m challenging myself to write a short story and have it ready for publication by the end of the year. A slow writer like me is at a disadvantage in the current market which favors frequent publication. Since it is year-long process, I have broken it down into small steps, but I’m not ready to share those.
Do you make resolutions or is January first just another day?