New Year Goals

Do you start each new year with resolutions or goals?

When the year comes to a close, I like to look back and see what I’ve accomplished. I don’t have a paying job, but I work every day. What am I doing? Writing poetry, short stories, blogs, my novel, my how-to-write poetry books, putting together poetry e-books to share, submitting to magazines and the like. There are many other things besides these that keep me busy. Marketing and branding are the most wearisome tasks, in my opinion.

I must say, I’m happy with my accomplishments. Projects are moving along slowly but surely. I do believe that if I focused on one project at a time, I might actually finish something in a timely manner, but that’s not how my brain works. I get started on one thing, which prompts me to include it in something else and my brain has shifted to that project. It’s not a bad thing, mind you, but it does slow down the process. All in all, I know that I wrote about 500 or so poems. That in and of itself is a big YES! Progress on everything on my spinning plates – another big YAY! Well, one of my novels has taken a backseat, but that’s okay. I will get to it if the Lord tarries.

When writing my goals for the year there is a sense of excitement. What will the year hold? Will I be able to do gigs again, start online groups, or record some music? Will I finish my book? Will it sell? Whew! Slow down, Kaci. Let’s just write this down. Work takes up a big chunk of the space but my goals also include spiritual, mental, financial, physical, and creative sections. I find it is much like my plate for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner – a little bit more than I can handle, yet it feels good to see it all there.

How about you? What are your goals? Do you write them down? Do you keep track of your accomplishments? Inquiring minds want to know. At least I do. Here’s to a new year of growth!

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