Friday, January 2, 2015

New Year’s Resolution: Forget world peace, I’ll take peace with my body

Everyone is talking about the New Year, and I’d be totally lying if I said I wasn’t one of those enchanted believers in New Year’s resolution magic. There’s something about the idea of new beginnings, starting clean, anew, refreshed. Magic.

This year is different for me.

Last year’s resolution was to not set a weight loss goal. Like pretty much everyone, everywhere in the first world, it’s been a struggle for me. Up, down, and regardless of placement on the spectrum, never really feeling happy with where I was at, even when I could look back at pictures and nod appreciatively. Believe me, I get the tragedy in that.

So last year’s main goal was, I guess, an anti-goal. The goal was to not set a weight loss goal, but focus on being healthy. To get right with the body I was given led me in May to do a 30 day challenge. I’ve done all the diets, tried not to eat this, only eat that, etc, etc. None of it ever works. Admittedly, that’s a shitty attitude to take when undertaking a 30 day challenge, but that’s honesty for you.

But here’s the thing. It worked. In ways that were total curveball material. Pet allergies? No need for that daily antihistamine. Not a morning person? Psshh. Sure you are, when you eat correctly. Can’t survive without pasta? Don’t even want it anymore. And the biggest shocker was that, to a large degree, I’ve kept up those eating habits, hitting a weight I haven’t seen since my college years.

So, moving into 2015, when I was looking at goal setting, there was a bit of twiddling my thumbs. For the first time in my adult life, I feel healthy. Which gives me space to make my resolutions 100% writing related. The focus and hone on those things is kinda scary. Like, there’s no where to hide, no ‘well, I did accomplish those other things.’

So, here it is. The 2015 resolutions. I’m going to:
·       finish a draft of book two.
·       write 12 short stories.
·       read at least 40 books.
·       query at least 50 agents (unless I get picked up by #5, then I’ll query 5 agents.)
·       write at least 18 blog posts.
·       enter 4 contests.

All that.

Oh, and if you’re interested in the 30 day challenge that was a game-changer for me, go here:

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