Happy New Year!
The new year is here and that brings another list of goals, hopes, dreams, commitments, and changes. Here are my new year’s resolutions for 2018.
#1 Do not leave my cellphone by my bed while I am sleeping. I am tired of waking up in the morning, grabbing my phone, and spending an extra 30 minutes in bed while browsing pointless notifications. It is a terrible way to start the day. This year, I want to limit my time looking at a screen. I spend enough of my time looking at a screen at work and while writing books. Plus, it’s an obsessive reaction looking at my phone. You don’t think it is until you actually try putting your phone away and you start to crave it. It’s scary! This is going to be my hardest new year’s resolution; I have already failed at it the first night. I placed my phone inside my dresser on the other side of my room. I woke up and instantly felt the urge, the need, the desire to grab my phone, to check all my important updates and notifications. I tried to resist it, but I just couldn’t do it. I got out of bed, walked all the way to the other side of my room to free my phone, and jumped back into bed for another 30 minutes. It was a very sad moment and made me realize how important this new year’s resolution is.
#2 Write one blog post a week. I have been slacking with my blog posts. Much of my time has been taken up by releasing my first book, which took a lot longer than I anticipated. But now that my first book is out, and my second book is on the way, I am making it a goal to write one blog post a week to keep up my book promoting, share my life with my fans, and improve my writing skills. I have many ideas lined up including posts about photography, chapters of a mini book series called Junkland Journeys, book reviews, continuing my Disney movie reviews, topics about animals and entertainment. All good stuff that I enjoy!
#3 Take a picture everyday of anything. I am only on day 7 and it already has been so much fun! Everyday I wonder what the heck I’m going to take a picture of in my house. I surprise myself by thinking outside the box like this picture below…
Awesome, right? This new year’s resolution has also been making me more aware of my surroundings and making me appreciate the simple things in my life.
#4 Attend a writing conference. Now that I have released a book, I need to attend a writing conference. I am looking forward to this one! It will give me a chance to network with people who share the same dream as myself. It will also provide me the opportunity to get my book, Junkland, out in the writing world.
#5 Speak at a public event. I am good at public speaking when I know what I am talking about. Don’t get me wrong, I obviously know a lot about my book, how I made it, and about the writing world. But I do not know if that’s what people want to hear. I want to speak at my local library, but I need to work on organizing my knowledge and thoughts into a presentation that is something positive for my listeners to take something away.
#6 Move to San Diego. A pretty extreme new year’s resolution. It has been a subtle goal of mine growing up, and has been a real goal for the past two years. Now it is time to take action. Everything in my life in the past two years has been pointing me to San Diego. And I want to follow that path to see what it has in store for me instead of living the rest of my life wondering what could have been. I am nervous leaving my friends and family behind to move to a place where I know no one. But I am trying to keep telling myself that if it doesn’t turn out the way I thought it would, I can always move home.
#7 Practice my Spanish. I took Spanish for five years from 7th grade to 11th grade. I was too busy to keep up with it while studying engineering and mathematics in college. But after college, I had a lot of free time, and I wanted to pick it back up again. I have beaten Duolingo twice, I am on the 4th Harry Potter book, I love watching the show Club de Cuervos and other Spanish shows, I have been reading La Casa del Arbol (The Magic Treehouse) series, listening to Podcasts, and attending a Spanish speaking group at my local library every Thursday. Now I am visiting my friend in Spain in March and I want to put my Spanish to the ultimate test! Deséama suerte!
#8 Publish book two. This one is the most important. I need to publish book 2 of The Hoarding series by the end of the year. It is definitely possible. The first book, Junkland, took me a year and a half from start to finish. So I am hoping things will be a lot smoother with book 2. However, book 2 will be a bit longer page-length wise, and I need to take that into account. But I believe!
#9 Get in a solid workout routine. I made this one pretty broad because I do work out a lot. However, it can be difficult to keep a routine with my writing career, my full time job, and running errands as a real adult. Life gets in the way. I want to make sure I have a consistent workout routine that allows me to do any kind of workout at least 5 – 6 times a week. It doesn’t just have to be weightlifting. I want to run more, do more yoga, take more cycling classes, bike farther distances, try stand up paddle boarding, hike more trails, and play more tennis!
#10 Stay in the present and watch the seasons change. This one I started working on in 2017. I read an article from an author that said…Sometimes it is important to take a break from writing and enjoy life. This year, I watched Fall happen and watched the season change…I didn’t understand what this meant when I first read it. How can someone “watch” Fall happen? I couldn’t grasp that concept. Don’t we always watch Fall happen? But I gave it a try, and it was an unbelievable experience. I watched the leaves change. I was present in the moment. My head was clear, and I took notice of detail of different trees and colors and beauty. Time had slowed down. I felt happy. But once November hit with my book release, NaNoWriMo, applying to creative writing grad school, going to work, Thanksgiving, completing my friend’s work out routine, all of that ‘being in the present’ feeling had faded away. I was stressed again. I felt sick. My mind was racing. Time sped away from me. So I am making it a resolution to watch the seasons change and to stay in the present.
I am looking forward to a great year ahead of me full of happiness, good health, and staying in the present. I wish the same for all of you too!
Happy new year!
I would love to hear about your new year’s resolutions! Please share them with me!