For the new year, I have lots of goals, not resolutions exactly, more like a project plan for the next year. I definitely want to revamp my blog and create more of a set format while keeping Alex's advice in mind.
Another idea that entered my mind while I was cleaning my desk and organizing the two-foot high stack of partially written manuscripts was:
I'd like to make some money this year.
In business, sometimes luck and people we know help us achieve our goals (even goals we never imagined for ourselves) much more quickly. In my prior career, I found myself in the right place sitting next to the right person many times over. Part of my success was luck for running into someone that would take me farther than I intended, but the larger part was hard work. If I was a slacker sitting next to someone that could catapult my career, I would still be where I was. The fact is my hard work benefited them too, although I didn't see it at the time.
Back to my starting point.... For the new year, I am going to take Alex's advice and blog about my passions, but on a schedule. On Mondays I am going to blog about being a mommy - Mommy Mondays maybe. On Wednesdays, I plan to blog about writing, and Friday is for whatever I feel like.
My idea for Wednesday is this: Writing is (like) Work. I see so many analogies to writing and 'normal' work. For me normal work was software and database design and development that ranged from project management to end user testing and everything in the middle. When I apply the business processes that made me successful in my past career to my writing, I am much more productive and profoundly less stressed about writing as a career. Writing isn't magic after all, it's just hard work - and it's more than just putting words on paper.
I hope you all have a wonderful New Year's Eve! My tradition is to make incredibly fattening appetizers in lieu of dinner and play board games with my older kids until midnight. Unfortunately, my little guy is not fun to play games with yet; his passion is stealing the game pieces. So he's going to bed on time...but will greet me at 2 A.M. after he has his nightly bad dream. It's hard being three.