02 January 2016

Happy New Year! Let's talk about goals!

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2016 is here! Huzzah! As it is common to do with this holiday, I'm starting with thinking about what I want to accomplish for the year. All of what I hope to do from here on out is in reaction to how I did things in 2015. 2015 was a year of mistakes and unhealthy choices, I should say, so I plan on rethinking a lot of what I've been doing in my life. Today is a tabula rasa, after all.

Get Back to the Writing!

My writing got really off-track in 2015, especially in the latter half of the year. This is largely because of misplaced time and effort. I've only been teaching college for two years and have fallen into an unhealthy pattern--whenever school starts, the writing halts. At the loss of writing blog entries, short stories, and novels, I write copious amounts for handouts and comments on student papers. I sacrifice my own writing for my students' writing (with little payoff) and for everyone's sanity, I have to stop doing things this way.

I am optimistic about making this change, because I know I have plenty to write about. When teaching stresses me out, usually the well of ideas runs completely dry; but the other day I did a mental inventory of what I've got floating around in my head and was pleased to find that I have seven (!) books in the works. This is very exciting, because after I wrote The Name and the Key for graduate school, I was worried I'd be a one-trick pony, and that all my creativity was exhausted after graduating. For a while, it was like that, because I let other things take away my time and energy. I think when I stopped and assessed my unhappiness and how I structured my life that the creative juices started flowing again. Writing really is the way out of darkness for me, and I'm delighted I found multiple projects to keep myself busy.

That's the operative phrase: keep myself busy. And write, write, write!

Get Healthier!

To put it simply, I miss being able to do stuff like this:

Me during college, climbing at Three Cliffs Bay.

Me, as a teenaged ballerina.

And I miss looking like this:                                                                                                                                                
Me, during college.

While I can't turn back the clock, I can stop myself from continuing on the road I'm heading down. I hope to make some serious lifestyle changes this year so I can continue living, continue being happy, and can resume some of the things I used to do.

What dreams do you have for the New Year? Here's wishing you accomplish all that you desire for 2016 and beyond!

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