It’s the start of the year; a time when everyone, especially writers, thinks about what they want to achieve in the twelve months ahead. There are the usual goals, like giving stuff up we don’t want to (chocolate, wine, meals out) and then there’s the unachievable goals like ‘write a novel in six days’ (while also being the best mum/wife/cook/electrician in the world).
Instead of making goals or resolutions this year, I’ve decided to focus solely on priorities. It feels less intimidating; and if I stray, I can take a peek and get back on track without stressing about the missing bits and feeling like a failure. So, my 2012 priorities are:
1. Writing – for enjoyment as well as publication, with more submissions thrown in.
2. Health – keep up the outdoors shenanigans and worry less over the little things; they’ll take care of themselves.
3. Fun – making stuff and doing stuff, from knitting to piano, festivals to fishing. And lots of it.
4. Making money – we’re never going to starve.
I’ve come a long way from the old, corporate me and if I learned anything over the last year, it was that rushing gets you nowhere. Like this skeleton leaf I found in the garden today, I’m going to take my time and let things happen a bit more naturally in 2012.
How will you make 2012 your best year yet?