I went to a New Year’s party last night.
As I sit up in bed writing in my half-lit bedroom, I can still feel the scent of beer and pretzel salt lingering in my nose. While many chose to dive into the oncoming year with a helpful shove from booze, I decided to dance and sing my way into 2019 surrounded by those I love.
The sun is a thin orange strip above the frosty rooftops. Down in my back garden I can hear the twittering of the blackbirds on the grass. The house is quiet. Peaceful. And I really don’t want to get up.
So instead, I’ve been thinking about New Year’s Resolutions.
Usually when I think about new year’s resolutions, I go overboard. I tell myself that this will be my year. That this time, I will move mountains. I say that I will achieve everything I want to achieve – novel, short stories, the whole shebang – and then some.
And most of the time, I fall flat on my face.
I’ve always had a problem with setting the bar too high for myself. At school, nothing less than the top score would be good enough for me. At university, the first draft of every essay needed to be perfect. In the first few months as a post-graduate, I set myself ambitions that my personal circumstances couldn’t allow.
As I tuck my bare feet under the bed covers and stare at the slowly rising sun, the weight of a new year wraps around my shoulders. 2019. What will I do this year? Who will I meet? What will I write? Where will my ambitions take me?
There is only one answer to all these questions: I don’t know.
As such, I am going to approach this goal-setting business from a new angle.
The following is a list of things I want in 2019. They are not goals. They are not set in stone. Nor are they grand, sweeping statements that will alter my life forever.
They are just things that I want; things that I can achieve, but only if I choose to pursue them.
2019 will be my year – but only if I put in the work to make it that way.
WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO ACHIEVE IN 2019
- REACH 500 FOLLOWERS ON MY BLOG
- INTERVIEW MORE DEBUT / FLEDGLING AUTHORS
- READ FOR AN HOUR A DAY, EVERYDAY
- ENTER SHORT STORY COMPETITIONS EVERY MONTH
- FINISH A NOVEL
- ACT LIKE THE WRITER I HAVE ALWAYS DREAMED I COULD BE…
Do you have any New Year’s Resolutions? What are your reading/writing goals for 2019? Let me know in the comments below or tweet me @ERHollands. Whatever they are, I hope this new year brings you happiness.