This is gonna be quick. I’ve got stuff to do, and un-decorating the house took me longer than expected.
It’s the last day of 2019, and for the first time in I don’t know how long, I feel pretty good about how I carried myself through the year. The year wasn’t perfect, and neither was I. But I sure as hell tried.
I took a different approach to the beginning of 2019 from what I’d done in the past. Instead of making resolutions, I set goals. The idea was that resolutions carry the possibility of failure, whereas goals can be reset. (I wrote about this in more depth here.)
The approach worked for me.
I didn’t write every single day of the year, but when I missed a day or ten (thank you very much, depression), I was able to reset the goal without feeling like a failure. If I’d broken a resolution, I’d have given up on the whole day.
So I wrote quite a bit. More than I thought I did, looking back on it. I got through two more drafts of my novel and sent it off to an editor for an assessment, which’ll be done at the end of January.
I wanted to read a greater diversity of books this year, and I did that, too. Also poetry. I really wanted to explore poetry in a way I’d never done before (i.e. actually read some), and I found a way to make that a regular part of my life by sharing poetry in the daily Care Packages I post on the blog.
Something I’d hoped for writing-wise was getting back into conducting interviews and putting together features. That sort of fizzled, but I did two, which is exactly two more than I’d done the past ten years. (Those can be read here and here.)
While it wasn’t a goal I began the year with, this past fall I decided to try intermittent fasting – not eating between 7:30 p.m. and 11:30 a.m., and it’s worked great. There’s been a handful of days when I fell off, but I’ve mostly stuck with it, and I’ve lost about ten pounds while feeling healthy.
Goals for 2020?
Be more compassionate toward myself and others.
Get at least one novel written while revising my first, with a goal of publication/self-publication.
Get on those interviews. I’ve got a list of people I want to chat with.
Do more to support the arts. (This ties into the interviews.)
Become a better activist and ally.
Get a regular routine of yoga, pilates, calisthenics, and cardio going.
And probably other stuff that’ll pop up as the year rolls along. That’s the great thing about goals. You can set them anytime. The time for resolutions seems to roll around just once a year.
How about you? What are your goals for 2020? Let me know in the comments below.
Happy new year!