I’ve been pretty contemplative the last couple of weeks. As we spiral down to the end of 2018, I find myself thinking about all of the changes that have come my way this year.
My family has dealt with a whole host of medical issues, some good, some not so good. I’ve lost 20kg since January of 2018, stopped eating meat, and found that my food intolerances cannot be ignored. 🤦🏼♀️
I wrote a novel. And I during NaNoWriMo this year I wrote 2/3rds of another. I wrote two short stories and entered one into a writing contest. The very first time that I have had the courage to do that.
After two years without transportation, I now own a 2007 Jeep Liberty. A battery mishap with my Samsung tablet saw it upgraded to a new iPad, and my five-year old laptop was replaced with an iMac (there’s nothing really wrong with the laptop, and it is being salvaged for parts by my partner).
My kids are both happy and healthy, and we even managed a short trip to the sea this year.
I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions. I dislike the idea of setting yourself up to fail. That’s no way to start a new year. What I do like is to set myself a list of goals for the year ahead.
In 2019, I am going to seek representation for my manuscript. To keep my spirits up during the search, I am going to collect my rejection letters in a special folder. If I don’t find an agent, then I mean to collect 100 rejections. Putting yourself out there 100 times is a big accomplishment, if you ask me.
I will be joining to the local writers association next month as well as one of the local crime writers groups.
I will finish my second mystery manuscript (my NaNoWriMo project, Gloria), and have it ready for an editor by the end of the year.
I will travel across an ocean for the first time in my life, and attend a writers conference in the UK.
There are several other things that need doing in the new year, including learning to cook more fresh plant-based cuisine. Especially after the rich decadence of the holidays. There is not enough salad in the world to fill my post-Christmas cravings for green vegetables.
I have a good feeling about 2019. What are your plans for the new year? Dream big.