I'm not usually a new year's resolution maker, but I do like to head into the new year with a few goals in mind. One of them is typically fitness-related. In 2010 I was going to walk 500 miles (nailed it!) in 2011 I was going to work out for 125 hours, and lose the remaining few pounds of baby weigh, done and done!
This year I'm not doing any fitness challenges. But I would like to commit to doing 45 minutes of yoga twice a week and some sort of strength training once a week. That's it!
Goals regarding the kids and homeschooling. Teach Elijah music lessons. He got a nice keyboard for Christmas and I would love to start teaching him. I took piano as a kid, as did Matthew, so between the two of us we should be able to teach him. Also, I want to spend more time outdoors. This probably won't happen until winter is over, since we're all a little wussy in the cold. I don't know why, but I don't really like being outside all that much. I guess it would be different if we had a nice backyard, but all we have is a giant concrete parking area. Blah. We do have the beach, but it's three blocks away and you have to cross a very busy street to get their. So that's my excuse. Hopefully this year we'll get out more!
And finally, writing goals. These are the biggies. Number one: Finish plotting entire series. As of right now I'm planning on writing three in total. And I need to go ahead and figure out how exactly I'm going to wrap it all up in the end before I go any further with book two. Number two: Finish writing book two! I'm about halfway through the rough draft, but that's merely the tip of the iceberg. There will still be lots of changes made when I type it all and then a bazillion rounds of edits to be made. But I did the first one in a year, I've no doubt I can finish the second and be mostly through with the third by the end of the year. Of course this means doing what I did earlier in the year, treating my writing like a part time job and writing 2-3 hours a day! Right now I'm going to commit to working at least one hour on my work a day. Phew!
And lastly of all. Get published. Or at least attempt to get published as far as it depends on me. This means getting it together and emailing out my queries. I hope to have a few out by the end of the month. Right now the only thing stopping me is myself! I'm completely nauseous at the thought of doing this, but I don't have a choice right now.
So, it's going to be a good year!
*Edited to add: I also challenged myself on Goodreads to read 75 books this year. Sounds a little daunting, but I expect, along with my writing goals, that I won't be watching much TV this year! Also, I'm a super-fast reader, just over the two weeks of Christmas break I think I read at least eight book. Too bad none of them counted toward my 2012 goal. I've been getting most of them via eloan on my Kindle from my library, so cool!