Sunday, February 01, 2015
January, or as I call it, Resolution Month, is over.
What resolutions have you stuck to? Which ones have not been so easy?
Congrats on what you’ve stuck to! An entire month is quite an accomplishment. And about those things where you’ve caved? Don’t sweat it. It’s a new month, a new day, a new chance to try again.
As for myself…
The no gluten, no dairy, no sugar resolution was a breeze the week I had the flu. After that, well, I gave it a serious go until the Parenthood finale did me in. I had to seriously eat some emotions away.
The blog more resolution? It’s February 1 and this is my first blog of the year. That’s all I have to say about that.
Read more? Check
Write more? Check (just not blogs)
Tweet more? Check
Less television? Check—although, Downton Abbey AND The Walking Dead will be on next Sunday. If zombies attacked Downton my dilemma would be solved.
There are a couple of things that were not on my resolution list that I’m happy to report on:
First, I’ve been doing more yoga. It’s helping my back and my stress levels. You should try it. Really.
Second, I’ve joined a book club at the yoga studio. The book is Carry On, Warrior by Glennon Melton. I saw the title and immediately thought: I want to be warrior! I NEED to be a warrior. You see, the flu, my aching back, and a month-and-a-half-long battle to fix the internet issues on my laptop have left me feeling rather helpless in 2015. Not to mention the fact that I handed off my manuscript—my baby—to a beta reader. As a writer, there is nothing like waiting to hear back from a beta reader to make you feel helpless, insecure, and generally bat-shit crazy.
But you can’t keep a good warrior down. I just keep reminding myself of one notable accomplishment I had in 2014: I wrote a book.
The Wexbury Trilogy, Book 2, draft one.
I repeat: I WROTE A BOOK
I AM a warrior.
Of course, finishing the first draft of a novel is like finishing the first leg of a triathlon. Celebrate, re-hydrate, and go go go! There is much work to be done. And I can’t wait to do it. As Glennon says:
“Reading is my inhale and writing is my exhale. If I am not reading and writing regularly, I begin to suffocate.”
So I’m not the only one! Yeah!
It’s February 1. Push the reset button everyone. Try, try again. Don’t give up on what you want to accomplish this year. I didn’t in 2014 and guess what? I wrote a freakin’ book!
If I can do it, so can you.