My goals at the beginning of 2013
Take weekends off writing and read a book during those two days — i.e. read 52 books in the year 2013
I think this is the goal I’m most proud of for achieving. By the end of this month I will have actually read more than 52 books. Yay! I wrote a post about how beneficial taking off two days a week has been for me. It’s definitely something I’ll continue into next year, as well as the reading. I’ve had more book ideas this year than I had in the past ten years.
Cure my acne
Not a lot of you probably know about my horrible bout of acne at the beginning of this year, but if you ever saw me, you couldn’t have missed it. Let’s just say it was horrifyingly awful and emotionally (not to mention physically) scarring and traumatic and I’d never wish it on anyone. I’ve struggled with bad skin since the day I turned thirteen, and since I’m nearing my mid-thirties now, I’m pretty darn sick of it. So this year … my goal was to combat the sucker once and for all, and for the first time in my adult life I have decently clear skin. I owe it to this book. I also owe the terrible bout I had this past January thru July to the Oil Cleansing Method (OCM), which instead of giving me good skin, ruined my skin. I now have scars that will forever remind me of what happened. OCM is not for everyone.
Cut down the times we eat out as a family
This was great at first, and then we kind of slacked off. I think we’ve really improved, though, in comparison to previous years. We’ve saved a lot of money by preparing 90% of our meals at home. They are healthier, smaller portions, and a lot less expensive.
Create a professional website and blog
Thanks to the help of a good friend, I created this website, learned how to do proper search engine optimization, and combined my blog with the site. I’ve loved this site so much better than using blogger with two different accounts.
Publish two novels
I didn’t think this one would happen, but it did! In all actuality, I published eight titles this year since I had to republish all my old stuff due to my publisher closing their doors. But, I did publish two new titles this year — Pieces and Out of Tune. And next year? Yeah, no publishing, but look out 2015 — I’ve got big plans.
This didn’t happen for a good ten months. I was giving up on it until I stepped on the scale and realized what I’ve gained this past year. I weigh more than I’ve ever weighed, outside of being pregnant. So I decided to do something about it and get a stationary bike and start counting calories. So far, since the end of November, I’ve lost almost seven pounds. Yay! And I feel healthy and happy even though it’s winter. This goal is definitely sliding over into 2014.
Continue to take the weekends off and read a book those two days
Continue to regularly exercise, eat healthier, and get down to my ideal weight — already started
Write three (or more) novels and prepare them for publication — already started
Start writing short stories again
Create a professional website for my cover design/MW Cover Design
Focus on being grateful for what I have and not upset for what I don’t have
So what are your goals for 2014? I highly recommend reading this wonderful post by Jennifer Hubbard about UNresolutions.