For me, 2016 was ugly.
There’s the stuff that happened that affect all of us, such as the Brexit and our election. There’s the rash of celebrity death. But then there’s the personal stuff, the things we could have done better, the opportunities we wish we’d capitalized on. The stubborn last 10 (or 15, or 20) pounds we couldn’t quite erase.
So, like every year, this year we make a list of all the things we’d like to make different. And this year, like every year, I’ll do that. In 2017, I want to…
Write more. I have a few projects I’d like to finish in 2017, but it’s damn hard sometimes to pull up the desire to write. Fatigue and life tend to get in the way. This year I joined a 365-day writing challenge, where I’m pledged to get out at least 300 words a day through either my personal journal, blogs, or my projects. Accountability is the best motivator.
Lose weight. I’ve had a hell of a time trying to lose some weight. It’s rough; I work overnights, I like bad food, and I really like to sleep more than not. But as I get older, it gets harder, and I can’t use the difficulty as an excuse. Ideally, I’d like to get myself back into basketball shape, into softball shape, and into a shape other than round.
Speak up. I have a terrible problem; I want to be liked way too much. Part of it is about not wanting to offend people, especially fans and potential fans. However, that restraint has found its way into my personal life, and I am far too accommodating when it comes to other people’s comfort, and I’ve sugar-coated, watered down, and reduced the volume on my own opinions. It’s become a terrible habit. It stops now.
Be healthy. I’ve spent the last year in grind mode. I’ve worked as often as I can, to the point of it being unhealthy. It’s a lot of 12-hour night shifts, packed into short spans of time; on several occasions, I’ve worked 26 of 30 nights in a month. It started to affect my overall health negatively. I was having dizzy spells and issues with energy. I’m going to relax more this year.
Grow the “business.” I’m a good writer, I think, but a terrible author. What I mean is I’m not so good at the part of the job that involves selling. I’m using 2017 as an impromptu course in Book Marketing in the Digital Age. Let’s see what can be done.
I may not accomplish everything I set out to this year, or I may not have set my bar high enough. I can’t answer that on January 2nd. But I will work my butt off to make 2017 a better year.