Content warning: I get a little dark and think about mortality and chronic illness partway through here.
It’s a new year! It’s an arbitrary marker, of course, but I find I like arbitrary markers. I like resolutions. I like clean slates.
(This is starting to sound like the piece of fiction I wrote for January-by-the-numbers Day One).
I’m going to Do Things in 2017. Lots of things. Well, okay. I’m going to do a reasonable number of things.
I’m going to get my 365-day streak in 4theWords, because when you do that, you get fancy wings. I’m at 50-something now. I can do that.
There’s other writing, of course: Edally and the novella thing, Patreon and all the little long-running stories here, the January By The Numbers posts (and so on and so on and so on and…)
I’m back on the weight-loss wagon, because I really want to do this. Which also means walking every day that I can stand to. T’s been looking at fountain pens (my 15-lbs goal) a lot lately, so that and my backsliding in Nov-December is really getting me geared up to do this, really do this.
Which means keeping track of everything, so hooray just starting a brand new bullet journal.
On pretty paper. With pretty pens, and banners, and all the whole shebang.
I want to get the house tidy and keep it that way. I want to actually DO things in spring for the garden.
I want to work actively and consistently on the house.
I want to take a vacation, actually go somewhere. Probably the Adirondacks.
I think it’ll be a good year. I think I’m going to try for monthly goals rather than yearly, small, reachable mobile targets.
What about you? How’s your 2017 shaping up?
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2014 didn’t exactly suck for me, it just – happened. I seem to have lost large parts of it, didn’t get a lot done until the last three months, and gained a bunch of weight.
But new years are a lovely time to start fresh. So this year, I’m going to try to be more aware of lost time and of lost plans.
Of course, as I’m writing this, I’m sick as a dog, and my only plans for today are to rest, drink lots of fluids, and take a short walk out to the barn for some firewood.
But starting as soon as I’m better!
I’d like to submit 4 stories for publication/month.
I’d like to earn $200 from writing (donations, commissions, publications, etc)/month or $2400/year: this is an arbitrary figure picked because it’s possibly-doable while being a challenge.
I want to finish a rough draft of Rin/Girey.
I want to do the first Addergoole Kickstarter
I want to draft one other novel.
I would like to lose 3 pants sizes in my preferred brand/type jeans. That’s about 14lbs/pants size for me, or 42 lbs over the next year.
I’d like to exercise at least 2x every week for at least 30 minutes
I’d like to have an updated author page done by end of February.
I’d like to make significant progress (finish a stage) on a house/home project for three weekends out of every four I’m home.
I’d like to have a process in place for handling failure that is more adaptive than “man, I suck,” panicking and moping.
I would like to leave more detailed and helpful comments on others’ writing.
I think that’s enough 🙂
What about you? Any changes for the New Year?
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Gamification of life, specifically of self-rewards vs. things I want to get in the habit of doing regularly.
Anyone have a system they use and enjoy? Suggestions?
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Weight and Health:
- Lose 36 lbs over [48/36] weeks. Fit comfortably in [my smallest jeans/a size 6].
- Be active a little every day, a good amount (1/2 hour+ once a week, a lot (2+ hours, a hike) once a month)
- Get rid of encroaching flab under arms; have a stomach I don’t mind being seen in a swimsuit.
- Eat more vegetables: at least half the plate at least 3x/week
- Be able to handle the stairs at any of the given local parts without panting.
- Have Rin/Girey finished and ready to Kickstart by April at latest (this allows for working on it in JaNoWriMo and MaNoWriMo)
- Submit at least one story a month for publication
- Get Addergoole E-books available
- Work on B-sides and have at least
105 available before the end of the Addergoole Year
- Go to at least three social events this year
- Make at least one friend I feel comfortable hanging out with for, say, coffee once in a while
- Set boundaries. Tell people when they’re making me uncomfortable.
- Language: learn how to speak in un-ambiguous language and ask for clarification when I think someone else is being ambiguous
- Find an
marginalizationorganization plan that works and stick with it. (so far ToDoist seems to be working very nicely.
How about you?
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