I swore off making resolutions for quite a few years. Mostly my life was controlled by everything around me and I didn’t need resolutions adding disappointment into the mix, so I just went along for the ride. I don’t know if that’s necessarily the reason I would have given you then, but now that I’m a few years removed from high school that seems right. Now that I have a little bit more control in my life, it definitely is time for me to not only make resolutions, but make loosely defined plans that will help me make 2010 the best year yet. I’m not really one for following strict plans or guidelines, in fact I seem to take a perverse pleasure in doing the exact opposite of what I plan most of the time, but I could use just a little structure to the year. To that end I have a few personal plans and reading plans that I’d like to follow.
The goal of 2010 is to find balance. So I bring you 10 goals for 2010, all focused on balancing my life.
1) Healthier equals happier. This covers a lot of ground, but overall I think that I need to find a healthier lifestyle. I need to eat-in more, instead of grabbing food to go on the road, and I need to exercise more. Finding a class to keep me motivated would not be a bad idea. This isn’t necessarily about losing weight (though that would be a welcome side effect), but instead it is about being as healthy as possible.
2) Spending does not always equal happier. Spending less money and saving more money will be a huge goal of 2010. I want to take a big trip in the next five years, so I’d like to make that possible.
3) Stress-free equals happier. I’m prone to stressing out about things that I don’t need to. I’m going to work hard to find the little things that make each day special and cut back on the unnecessary stress.
4) Read more classics! I firmly believe that reading the classics can only help you to understand contemporary literature even more. I would like to read at least 15 classics published before 1970.
5) Use challenges as a way to focus reading, to read more books by women, by people of color, by authors from different countries.
6) Find more of a balance between the genres of fiction, non-fiction, recently published and older novels, YA and middle grade.
7) Read more poetry. This will probably be a little easier considering the sorta secret surprise Jason and I are working on.
8 ) Read more short stories.
9) Find more time in my life for things like crocheting and cooking healthy meals.
10) Write more. This is a big one. One of my biggest dreams in my life is to become a published author. I have been focusing heavily on poetry for the last four or five years and will continue to write poetry, but I would also like to write more fiction. Over all, I don’t write nearly enough. For this goal, I need more structure. I would like to write 500 words of fiction and 1 poem per week.
I can get behind all of these goals and I’m really hopeful for 2010. I love the new year just for that fresh feeling you get at the beginning of the year for all the great things this year will bring. I hope all of you had a safe holiday and are as excited about 2010 as I am.