Happy New Year! Being the sentimental schlub that I am, I spent the afternoon watching a favorite film that tells the story of another redheaded writer. When I was young, I wanted to be Anne Shirley, the title character of the films Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea. You would have often heard me making up new names for myself (“You can call me Cordelia”), reciting dramatic readings of poetry in the living room, and living up to the full potential of the stereotyped misgivings of a redhead. Anne, with an E, just may be my writing heroine. She is an extremely bright and witty young woman who can talk people into giving her the benefit of the doubt, just enough time to dazzle them with her talents. This film is one of my favorite guilty pleasures to remind myself that it’s ok to fail. Anne makes mistakes, but she also makes the best apologies. She writes terrible over the top romance stories before she finds her own and writes about the people she truly loves. A very happy six hours spent.
And along with so many others out there reexamining their lives, I too, dug out my bin of old journals to review resolutions and stories from new years of the past. To my surprise, my resolutions hadn’t changed a bit. Every year it looked like this.
- Act healthier. Excercise, eat better.
- Save more money.
- Take a vacation.
- Write more everything.
So, if anything, this blogging community and all the writer’s in the craft books I’ve been reading have said you’ve got to give yourself realistic set goals. So I’m making plans.
- Act healthier. 3 times a week, at least 10 minutes, excercise. Or take a walk outside.
- Make a specific dollar amount to save for the month. Deposit said amount in savings each month.
- Take a vacation. Joe and I are already thinking of going to Canada. I know, why? But why not?
- Write more everything. This is where I’m really focusing my time. I am enrolling in a writer’s workshop this April. I am going to write everyday. And am actively reading up on the craft of writing and seeking out writer’s groups, book discussions, etc.
What are your new year’s resolutions? And what guilty pleasures did you celebrate on new year’s eve?