Tuesday, January 10, 2017

New Year…New Year’s Resolutions?

It’s 2017. Of course, everyone knows this. The New Year. Many people have already broken those resolutions they carefully curated at 5pm on December 31, 2016. Me? Well, I began several years ago not worrying about resolutions. I did decide this year that my main mission for the year would be to take my life back and start Day 1.

So, what does this whole thing mean, “Taking my life back?” For me it means that I will do what I need to do to become me again. I will say “yes” to the parts of my life that will bring me joy and contentment. I will say “no” to all of those activities that take away from my life mission.

Taking Back My Life Plan:
1.       I will up my game on yoga and Nia, not necessarily to lose weight, although it does work wonders on that when I actually go, but to get that mindset that I had back when I was consistently going. As hokey as it sounds, becoming more centered. Balanced. I miss the more spiritual me that was around in Spring 2014, before I quit my job, started a business, got another job, started dating, then breaking up with a guy I really liked. I want to be that introspective woman who knew who she was and was actually writing. I credit yoga and Nia for those.
2.       Saying “no” to people and organizations that will pull my time away from my main work: my writing, the library, Fort Worth Writer’s Boot Camp, Sleeping Panther Press, my home, and reading. Of course, I will make time for the occasional social outing, but I will not join more organizations. I just don’t have enough hours in the day to accomplish more, even if the group is something I know I’m going to love! I’ll offer my services, though, which won’t require me to attend multiple meetings.
3.       Make time for writing and reading. My business office has relocated to my home and all of my writing sessions and critique groups are now meeting at The Last Word Bookstore. This is a saving grace for me since I was constantly worried that I wouldn’t have access to the spaces I reserved at my office location. It also means that I will have more time to relax. Strange enough, I have a hard time concentrating on writing if I have something else nagging on my brain.
4.       Build my businesses. Both businesses are finally making money and may end the year in the black! Yay! Now I just need to continue the momentum. I think the Boot Camp may be having a boost thanks to New Year’s Resolutions time, but I’ll take it where I can get it! Sleeping Panther Press is just starting out, but I need to focus on getting the next book out and Panther City Review 2017.
5.       I will take better care of my home. I am just not happy living in a messy place, so I will work to make it a livable environment.
6.       Learn French. Duolingo, the free language learning app, was my friend for a few months, helping me get ready for that trip to France I plan on taking…eventually. My use of the app dropped off around Thanksgiving. I still haven’t picked it back up, but I will! I need my French lessons!
7.       I will do my best to be in bed before 10pm. I must. I function better writing and get more done at 5am than I do at 5pm, so going to bed before 10pm will ensure that I get plenty of rest.
8.       Eating better. Cooking at home. This will be good for my health and pocketbook!
9.       Pay off debt. Maybe not all of it, but a huge chunk. When I started my business, I had no idea how much debt I’d end up getting in. I really had no clue how this was going to affect my personal debt. I can knock it out, especially if I don’t spend like a maniac!
10.   Enjoy my life. I only have one. Take time to relax. Breathe. Don’t stress or obsess over things I haven’t done. Just do them, then enjoy the time I have left.

Taking back my life. It’s easier than it sounds. I already do many of these items, I just need to be more consistent. That must be the word of the year for me: Consistency. Narrow down or eliminate anything that does not fit into these items. I hope to be able to lead a simpler, more fulfilled life.