I've been just a little slow in making new years resolutions this year. I usually start thinking about these things around my birthday, but Christmas heralded some really unfortunate, game-changing events that temporarily took away my will to live, let alone to make resolutions. But now that the Year From Hell is officially behind me, I'm game to start setting some new goals for the road ahead. I'm pretty passionate about that fact that goals are important, no more so than when your life has been turned upside-down and shaken.
So here are my resolutions for 2011:
1. Finish a polished, (hopefully) publishable novel #2 and shop it around to agents.
2. Develop a professional website and start marketing my freelance writing & editing services.
3. Participate in a half-marathon or mini-triathlon.
4. Write an adult fiction novel.
5. Find a place to nest and make it my own.
6. Do some work with kids (maybe coaching or tutoring).
7. Go somewhere I have never been before and write a travel article about it.
8. Help out wherever I can.*
* I was incredibly moved and inspired by my friends and family this year. They extended themselves in a million different ways to help me; their thoughtfulness really blew me away. I was so wrapped up in my own issues during the Brisbane floods that I don't feel like I helped out as much as I could have. I'm making a promise to myself this year that I will help those who need it where and when it is within my power to do so, whether they be family, friends or strangers.