Friday, January 4, 2013

resolutions for 2013

It's that time of year again! New Year's resolutions time.

Last year I fared well. Of my 12 resolutions, I succeeded in 9.5 of them. I read 30 pages every day. I read 30 books (actually, I read 50!). I submitted a short story to literary magazines and ate more yogurt. And I continued writing this blog—this time last year, it was still a blog about Greece. How far we've come!

I don't have quite so many goals this year, but I'm just as excited about starting them.

Mr. Fox is pretty excited too.


1. Read 50 books. Last year I shot for 30 and ended up at 50, so I think this year I'll just start with 50. This weekend I'll share some of the books I'm hoping to conquer in the coming year.

2. Run every other day. Twelve months ago I would never have imagined this possible, but last summer I (slowly, painfully, but successfully!) began running. This year, I just want to keep it up and hopefully improve my endurance and speed.

3. Eat (at least) a cup of veggies every single day. It sounds so easy, and yet . . .

4. Write 1,000 words every day. And hopefully, some days, a lot more than 1,000.

5. Finish my novel. If I stick to #4, this shouldn't be so hard.

6. Take 365 pictures, one each day. I love to take pictures, but I always seem to forget until those opportune moments. I'd like to take more pictures of everyday life, not just of holidays and events. And then at the end of the year, I can compile them into one photo album. My sister did this a few years ago and it turned out great.

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So that's it. Six goals. Very do-able. And even if I don't succeed, I'll make more progress in the attempt than I would have otherwise. 

Do you have any New Year's resolutions? 


  1. Oo excellent resolutions- love the photo a day one especially. I might give it a go too- it's much nicer to have a variety of pictures than hundreds from one evening!

    Also, the expression on that fox's face makes me chuckle every time :-D x

    1. I hope you do! I't'll be so great to look back on at the end of the year.

      He's clearly having a good time. Maybe jumping over a dog was one of his resolutions :D

  2. I love that fox. Good luck with running every other day! Can I read your novel when you finish it? And count that as one of my books for my goal on Goodreads? :)

    1. Thanks! The running hasn't been going well so far, but we're only 7 days in. And you may, though I'll probably be having continuous heart attacks when you do! One of the most nerve-racking things for any kind of creator/artist (I think) is to let people you love read/listen/see your work. It shouldn't be that way, but it always is. I'd rather have only strangers read it! :)


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