Tuesday, January 10, 2012

new year's resolutions

I don't usually make New Year's resolutions. And if I do, they're vague and unofficial and probably because of that, they never pan out. But this year, I'm doing it. And I'm actually really excited to get started. Some of my goals are small and fun, some will take a lot of work, and some are already on their way to being accomplished.

Bill Watterson
Renee's Goals for 2012

1. Read 30 pages everyday. Whether for school or for fun.

2. Read 30 books. And thanks to Goodreads, I've got a handy way to track my progress:

3. Make a weekly schedule that includes (1) classes, (2) work, (3) writing time, and (4) workouts. And stick to it! I'm pretty sporadic with my writing and exercise. Scheduling them into my week like they're classes or work will make me less likely to slack off. Also, I'll make the workouts specific (pilates, walk, jog, dance, strength, etc.) so that I can't blame laziness on my indecision. I'll make this schedule next week after I get my classes for the semester figured out.

4. Don't spend so much time reading blogs. I could read them all day but I know I shouldn't.

5. Or watching TV. Might as well try.

6. Write a short story I'm proud of. I've always hated writing short stories. I used to hate reading them too, honestly. But in the past year or so I've stumbled upon some really great stuff by really talented authors (Raymond Carver and George Saunders come to mind, but J.D. Salinger's always been a favorite so I have to mention him too) and I think I should try again. And if this goal happens, I'm tacking on another goal: 1/2-- At least attempt to publish the story. For the hell of it. Because even if it's not accepted, I could get my first rejection letter! The first step to become a writer, they say.

7. Make a detailed plan for my novel and write it from the beginning. It's all scraps right now and half of it is in the trash. This is the only story I've tried to write without an outline and it's just not working. I need the organization and I need to write from the beginning. And since I'm scheduling in writing time, I should definitely make a lot of progress on this one.

8. Don't always have a dessert after lunch. Have fruit instead. Or a fruit snack (which is still kinda dessert, but at least it's not a cookie).

9. Eat more of the following: vegetables, eggs, apples, yogurt, beans/lentils, soup. Because they're good for me.

10. Fewer ponytails. I used to be so creative with my hair. I'd curl it, scrunch it, braid it, twist it, but these days it's rarely seen out of a ponytail. Gotta start switching it up.

11. Attempt painting with watercolors. Just for fun. They're so pretty.

12. Continue my blog! Originally I planned to discontinue this little blog after I came home from Greece (hence the title), but I've got a new plan now. Stay tuned for a few changes in appearance, address, and content.

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So that's it. Twelve goals for 2012! And because I tend to forget or ignore goals if I can't see them, my next craft project is to create some kind of poster/visual to hang in my apartment. That way, I can't forget (*purposely ignore but then claim I forgot") them. Cheers to the new year!

Do you have any New Year's resolutions? 

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