1) Exercise more. Not to lose weight, but to gain a little more muscle mass, actually have some strength to me. At one point in high school I was rockin' the muscle, even maxing out benching at 125 (top bencher of my weight class, baby). Alas, I had to drop out of the team due to knee and wrist issues (don’t want to be doing squats with a bum knee that gives out for no damn reason at all), and then I got sick and lost all my muscle, since it was all I had left halfway through recovery.
And now? I really, really hate working out. It is the worst thing ever. EVER.
But, I do enjoy yoga. Not the peaceful, calming yoga. Ain’t nobody got time for that. I like the Jillian Michaels yoga DVD. I haven’t done it in a while and I’m absolutely terrible at it, but it is kinda fun. Plus, bonus, I can watch the DVD on my laptop as a guide AND still get to watch TV. Laziness combined with exercise!
2) Be successful with my books and editing services. I don't have set parameters for what defines that success, just a point where I can feel like I can say I've done a good job. I work hard and love what I do, but I want to do better, be better. I can always grow as a writer and editor, whether by branching out of my comfort zone, meeting new authors, taking chances with my career, etc. There are so many opportunities opening up to me in 2014, and I can’t wait to take advantage of them.
4) Get better at writing things down. My memory is shit unless it's a book I'm writing/editing. Call you later? Sure thing! Email you some pics from last weekend’s get-together? Of course! Take a shower? Pretty sure I did that last night …
Point being, my mind is so consumed with what I’m writing and which book I’m editing that literally everything else falls by the wayside. And that needs to stop. I need to organize my days better and be able to remember the little details. The first step to this is likely to better organize my house. It’s no secret that I have A LOT of stuff. I love clutter. Big, open spaces freak me out. So, I surround myself with stuff. Fluffy couch blankets, candles, knickknacks, kittens … and all the things on my to-do list seem to mix and mingle with the stuff until it’s all but forgotten.
But, no more! In 2014, I shall become The Rememberer of Things.
5) Take more time for myself. All I do is work and it's getting to be too much. Work all day in an office, come home and edit until 11 or midnight, write on the weekends. Free time has become a thing of the past. In a way, I hate to complain because I do it by choice. I want to work and I want to be successful. But, not at the expense of my life.
I need to take time away just for me, and just for me and my husband. Even if it’s just dinner and a movie or a Breaking Bad marathon, time away from work must be made. Neither one of us are good at not working, but we’ll find a way.