Bon jour mon amies! It’s almost New Year’s Eve and that means we’re all accessorizing our sequin gowns and full tuxedos with laser beams and microscopic eye wear. Not catching my drift? New Year’s means New You. It’s the time to look back on the past year (hopefully without much regret) and make the resolutions you want to work on in the new year.
If you’re like the millions of us that struggle to keep your resolutions, or make the same ones every year without much difference in your lifestyle, then allow me to introduce you to The Life List Club.
The Life List Club is a group of writers and readers bonding together over life’s hardships, writing meltdowns, publishing successes, treadmills, dating advice, risky baby business, inner demons, and cyber drinks. Sounds fun doesn’t it? Here’s a little more about what we do.
The Life List Club posts every other Friday at our contributing members’ blogs. You too can be a contributor, just send me an email to jessi (dot) witkins (AT) gmail (dot) com. We blog about achieving goals and the life lessons that happen while we’re working towards them. Anyone can be a member. Just make your own Life List page on your blog. Studies show that writing down your goals does help make them more real! Every three months, we have a Milestone Party. We share our progress on our goals and if there were any setbacks. We have a party and you pick the theme! I’ve decided on glow sticks at my celebration cause I’m obnoxious like that!
I’ve been thinking for awhile about what my resolutions or new life list are going to be. I’ve been able to complete several of my goals so far this year. But where some faltered, I realized I hadn’t made a specific enough action plan. You can see my full Life List from 2011 here, with my progress toward it, but I’m sharing with you all my new plan for 2012. Why is it ok to change my list some of you may be asking? Because it’s important to adapt! My life changed this year, I’m working a different role at my job, I’m involved in several writing groups, I have different things I’m saving up for. And let’s face it, I have a glow stick and I’m not afraid to use it!
So here it is! Jess Witkins’ New Rules for Me, Myself, and I in 2012:
This was a previous goal that didn’t always happen, so the specifics include the minimum of writing 5 things in my gratitude journal each day. Also allowing myself to work on multiple projects, because sometimes (let’s face it) we do get stuck, and moving to a different project could free you up enough to get back to the main one (the BOOK). I also plan to attend another writer’s conference. In fact, this year I may be going to the DFW conference in Texas where I’ll actually get to *gulp* meet some of my fellow Life Listers, who are AMAZING by the way if you haven’t yet checked out their blogs, do so! As much as I may hate it about myself, I’m a “scheduler.” That means, I need to schedule myself time to write each week and stick with it, and as part of my checkpoint, I’ll be relying on my Warrior Writer Boot Camp friends to keep me in check and to inspire when I’m thinking of killing off my main character. 😀
Read 2 Books a Month
I’m keeping this goal as I loved it! It helps my own writing and it is relaxing. I’ll continue to keep a blog page of my 2012 bookshelf and write reviews. I’m also participating in the 2012 To Be Read Pile Challenge, and if you hurry quick you too can join! Now that Santa gave me gift cards, I’ll also be investing in an e-reader (I’ve finally succumbed!) so I’ll be able to travel easier with my books. I also will continue with my book club and attend some at the library because any book becomes richer when you get to discuss it!
Save money.Between my car going kaputz this year, paying for a gym membership I never used, and eating out too much, the checkbook and savings accounts have looked better. I’m now going to use a website that let’s you track your spending and see where I can cut back and put in savings towards my conference fee and summer trips. I will finish reading Suze Orman’s book Women and Money and open the right savings account for me to get some frickin interest already (pardon my french) so that I can feel like my hard earned money is growing in savings. I also plan to manage my finances at least once a month in accordance with the website so I don’t forget any purchases made. And I plan to meet with a personal banker about what the right account type is for me to boost savings. Work out at least once a week.
I’m not sure if I’ll be keeping my gym membership, but I’m going to start using it now. In the meantime, I’m going to get a welcome pass at the local Y and see if I’d consider switching there, since it is closer to my house. I also want to set aside some funds to attend my best friend’s zumba classes more often. In addition to work outs, eating healthy needs to be a commitment. I’ve begun loading up on produce lately and am shocked at how few chips I’ve eaten in the last couple of weeks. For those of you know I survived NaNoWriMo two years ago just eating cheetos and chocolate, this is a big step up for me!
There you have it folks! My action plan for 2012. I hope you’ll share your own with me! What are your new year’s plans? What goals are you hoping to accomplish? What do you want the Life List Club to write about this year? And ideas on improvements for us?
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No killing off main characters! 🙂 I’ll keep you honest.
Happy New Year, Jess!
I’m so looking forward to getting back into WWBC with you. I feel like the biggest loser writing partner for being MIA over the holidaze. Here’s to more writing and progress. In fact, I have an idea to throw by you and the gang.
Happy New Year Jess! I’m making “I have a glow stick and I’m not afraid to use it” a motto in 2012 : ). Congrats to you for a year of so much progress on your goals in spite of a super-crazy work schedule and life’s little curveballs. We walk in such similar shoes – I need to work on my finances too even though I haven’t put doing so in my LLC goals. Adaptation is the name of the game, isn’t it? Happy New Year, my friend!
I love that you’re making it a motto. I think I shall as well. LOL. What if you, me, Jenny H. from More Cowbell, and Marcia from Sexy Smart with Heart threw a party together? Look out world!!! There would be pirates, glowsticks, leopard pants, and chocolate. I mean, people would NEVER want to leave! We must find a way to make this happen.
That glow stick line is SO awesome!
Wonderful goals once again! I’m a scheduler too, if I don’t decided when the time will be, I won’t get it done. Good luck with everything and may you find happiness in the year to come!
I hear ya! I have a tough time getting things done without a to do list so I can cross things off and know what I’m doing each day. It’s funny, I’m not like on vacation, I’m more flexible, but with day to day, I like knowing what I’m going to do. *shrug* Happy new year, Jennie!
Happy New Year, Jess. I like your goals. They’re very doable, the trick is to be consistent. I think I’m going to adopt ALL of them for myself. Let’s see how long I can keep it up. I’ll be reporting back to you!
Well, if you’re on board for them all, then we can report back to each other. Just slap me every time I pull my wallet out, ok? That oughta do the trick!
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Fabulous goals! I do so love your idea for a gratitude journal. That’s going on the goal list for 2012. Happy New Year!
I’m really happy with making it my minimum write goal. If nothing else, it’s a way to force the positive into your day. Then maybe I’ll want to write more after that.
I think list makers usually accomplish more. I’ve tried making lists, but I always forget where I put them. Guess I’m pretty much an all-around pantser. I’ll be looking for you at DFW. I’ve already registered.
It’s going to be a blast, I know. I hope everyone who plans to attend can. I’d even like to stay a few days extra and explore this place you call Texas. LOL
Good post, Jess. It got me thinking about my goals… Since you mentioned the gym, and although I would much rather write, promo and network, I really need to get up and start working out again. 42 will become 43 this March, so I really need to keep in shape. It would be far easier if I didn’t work 11 hrs a day and then live on this laptop. On the other hand, it’s probably this chair that’s causing most of the trouble. Right?
Love the new hairdo!
Happy New Year to you and yours!
Oh man, Jimmy, I hear ya on the not wanting to work out. But, I’ve downloaded some new tunes and may try listening to an audio book while I work out. I think the music will be better for me with the intense workouts. I need something with a rhythm or I’m not going to make it. My friend laughs at me cause I’ll be on the elliptical and occasionally do a little hip shake if I’m listening to latin music and I guess I close drawers with my hips all the time too. She claims that’s why I’m so skinny. *shrug* Whatever floats your boat!
Happy New Year, Jess, and best witches for the coming year!
You always have the best toasts, Selena! Thank you! What will you be doing to celebrate the new year?
Friends and family, food, watch the ball drop–that’s all if I can stay awake! lol!
If we can find my husband’s skates, we’re headed to skating at the local ice rink for New Year’s Eve 🙂 Because 2011 wasn’t the greatest year ever for me, I’m looking at making some big changes in 2012, including blocking off one night a week to spend time with my husband instead of working late, fitting back into my clothes, and finishing my co-written WIP and pitching it to 15-20 agents.
I love your goals Marcy. If you keep that date night with your hubby for a whole year, imagine how much closer you’ll be at the end of 2012! How romantic. Maybe part of your hanging out together involves working out or playing games? Then you can combine some of your goals too!
Put.Down.The.Glowstick, Jess! You’re scaring me…
Love the goals, partner, and I agree that reading is important for writing well. I like your book page idea…I may consider that myself.
Scheduling, list-making–it’s the only to get things done and feel good about it!
Wishing you a successful new year with good health and more wealth!
Heeeey, now I like that! Good health and more wealth! I’m going to write it out with glowsticks and hang them above my bed! 😛
I hope you do the book page, it’s such a guilty pleasure for me. I can’t NOT stop on somebody’s bookshelf and see what they’re reading. It’s fun!
Jess, if it makes you feel better, I HAVE to have two writing projects going at a time so I don’t get discouraged when one gets stalled. There’s always the main WIP, the back-up WIP and the blog. 🙂
Great goals and I’m completely impressed with you. It isn’t easy to do this sort of thing publicly, as we all know. 🙂
That’s why you, me, Pam, and Marcia need to have a party. You bring the leopard pants!
And I’m glad I’m not the only one that needs multiple projects to switch back and forth from.
I admire you for following through last year. You found something that worked and stuck with it. I bought the Happiness Project book last year and started reading it and as usual other things came up and I neglected to follow through. That is a good start for my goals this year: Follow through and complete projects. This year I will set a goal for the number of hours per week that I will write or a certain word count per week. I discovered that daily goals don’t work for me because of work and my kids, but I can make up for a missed day or two easily when I have free time.
I love this group and I wish you the best of luck. Have a happy and productive new year.
Glad to meet a fellow reader of the Happiness Project. I won’t blame you for not completing the book, it does make it all seem a bit too easy. But my honey and I did make some changes and try new things by making weekly happiness projects. We would eat in for a whole week, learn a new hobby, walk for 20 minutes, stop watching TV, read together, etc. just to see how it would impact our happiness in life. It was a fun learning experiment!
Stay tuned with the Life List Club, we’re a great support group for working towards your goals and if you ever get an inkling to be a contributor, just throw a line my way!
Happy New Year, roomie. Hope 2012 brings you tons of good things.
If you need any help with the budgeting/saving thing, don’t hesitate to give a yell. That’s something I’m very good at.
Do you know what the best websites are for online budgeting? I want it to be really safe, but user friendly.
Cheers to a new year, Madge! I also promise to vacuum the house more, ok.
Check your email.
These are good goals, Jess. I agree with you that making a list helps to accomplish them. I’m a list maker, and while I don’t always get everything done on my lists, I get a lot more done than I would have. 🙂 Happy New Year, and best of luck in achieving this year’s goals.
Totally agree. At least when it’s written down, it’s less likely to be forgotten about. Best of luck to you on your own 2012 missions!