Happy New Year Everybody!
I love the new year because it feels like a clean slate. “This year is the first year of the rest of your life” kind of thing, and on my second day in, I haven’t goofed up so much yet. Unlike Daisy, I am very accomplishment oriented. I’ve counted, measured, set goals, crossed off lists, and otherwise driven my family crazy since I can remember. This works for me. There is a positive energy that goes with making goals and accomplishing good work.
Today, as a great way to start the new year, I am celebrating 100 posts with you! You may want to pat yourself on the back if you’ve been traveling with me on this adventure in writing.
Today, I will go to my local Einsteins, buy a gift card for some unsuspecting soul, and ask the Einstein’s team to give it away with my Daisy Arthur business card. Perhaps, just perhaps, we will have another new reader soon. How’s that for a fun boost!
Right now, this blog boasts 200 followers. One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to grow to 500 or more followers in the next 12 months. Whew! Do you think you can help me with this? I’d love to hear your suggestions, or names of friends you’d like me to email directly with an invitation to join our group. It would also be cool if you have suggestions for improving the content of this site.
So now I’ve shared one of my resolutions, how about you? Do you have any plans for 2013?
I don’t often ask people about their New Year’s Resolutions because more often than not the answer is either guilt-ridden, “I haven’t thought much about it” or smart-alecky, “I resolve not to make any resolutions–there, done!” These answers just make me sad. They sound so hopeless.
I’ve also found that my huge list of everything from learning a second language to finding the best place to store my broom kind of bores people. So I don’t share many of my resolutions frequently. However, goal-setting is a very healthy thing to do.
I’m not sure which book or motivational tape I heard this from, but apparently some bright people asked a graduating class from an Ivy-league school what their plans were going forward. Eighty percent had vague or undefined goals, and there were 10 to 15 percent who had a vision they could verbalize, then five to 10 percent who actually wrote their goals down.
You guessed it, that five to 10 percent group was earning consistently more than their colleagues ten years down the road, and they were living happier, more fulfilled lives as well. Yes, I think goals and New Year’s Resolutions are not only cool, but very healthy too.
I won’t bore you with my zillions of goals for 2013, but I will share a couple more goals for me: I’m going to make “13” my lucky number this year, and I am planning to finish my second novel, Sliced Vegetarian. Please do wish me luck, as I believe in positive thoughts.
Meanwhile, I may your year be filled with happiness, hope, and accomplishment. If you’d like to share your best resolution, I’d love to hear from you. If you do, I will try to check in with you from time to time so that your resolution becomes a goal and then an accomplishment to celebrate.