Well, here we are again. December 2019 flowing into January 2020 like water from a cracked cup.
Or perhaps like a rain-swollen river overwhelming a dam.
Either way, we are probably going to end up wet, tired and maybe irritated. Still, I’ll take the cracked cup if I’m offered a choice. Less chance of drowning that way.
Ushering out 2019
I am not going to lie. 2019 was a freaking wild ride.
I took on added responsibilities on the home front that did a glorious job of rearranging both my schedule and my priorities. No regrets, but it meant that instead of the six books I had planned, I only release two.
No regrets, but it meant that instead of the six books I had planned, I only release two. On the other hand, it also meant that I have been privileged to help my family and watch some precious kiddos grow. All in all, I’ll call that a wild win.
The last few days of the year brought terrible news. A friend passed away, the victim of what the news calls, “foul play.” Vivian James was a brilliant light and a beautiful soul. Anything that took her from her family, her friends and her students cannot be called play, though it is undoubtedly foul.
This event, and the other tragedies that came before and after, give me pause to reflect on how precious life is. How finite our time here is, and how great our responsibility to use it responsibly.
I like to set goals instead of making resolutions. I do this because if you fall down while trying to attain them, goals aren’t broken, just delayed. You can pick yourself up, and try again. Resolutions are far more fragile. So, rather than make a resolution that I am almost certain to destroy before January 31st, I write up a new set of goals every year.
So, in broad strokes, here is what I’m shooting for in 2020:
- Set goals that are measurable, challenging and attainable.
- Learn everything I can about the business of writing, and do it better than I did last year.
- Find that elusive work/life balance that everyone is talking about. I know it’s out there somewhere, I just have to track it down.
- Continue to improve my health through exercise and healthy eating habits. I may fail in the coffee and chocolate department, but I will give it my best shot.
- Remember to be at least as kind to myself as I am to others. And tell my inner critique to shut the f*%k up far more often than I did in 2019.
What about you? Do you set goals or make resolutions?