Friday, December 29, 2017

My New Year's Resolutions for 2018

Yes, I’m one of those irritating people that make New Year’s Resolutions. Resolutions are the goals I strive for to help me learn and grow. After all, if we’re still on this Earth, shouldn’t we be learning and growing? Otherwise we’re like a summer pond during a drought: shrinking, withdrawing, and unable to nourish the lives around us.

Here are my 2018 Resolutions, short and sweet:

1. I will finish the first draft of my novel by March 31, 2018. I have written four novels and thrown them all away, but I learned from each one of them. Maybe THIS time my spooky novel will have some cohesiveness and depth!

2. I will clean out the garage by March 31, 2018. The garage is scarier than my novel. (Shivers.)

3. I will nurture my emotional well being the first three months of 2018. This one is harder to quantify and measure, but I’ve got different tasks lined up for each week:
  • Create a vision board.
  • Say specific prayers every day for a week.
  • Make a gratitude list.
  • Do tai chi for a week.
  • Etc., you get the idea.

My New Year’s Resolutions end after the first three months of 2018 because this year I’m trying the tactics from Moran and Lennington’s book, The 12 Week Year. If I had to squish the book’s message into a single sentence, I’d say, Make only a few goals, but attack them with intensity for a short amount of time. The idea is you can keep the intensity up because it’s a short time frame with the end result always in sight. After the 12 weeks are over, I’ll take a 13th week to rest, reflect, and set some new goals . . . or it’ll be a big flop and I’ll go back to the old way of making New Year’s Resolutions, we’ll see!

Make this day even better! Consider:

  • According to, 41 percent of us always make New Year’s Resolutions, and 42 percent of us never make New Year’s Resolutions, so whichever category you fall into, you have company. If you do make resolutions, one of the things that will help you reach your goals is sharing them with others . . . which is exactly what I’ve done today in this post! And of course if you’re a resolution-setter, you’re welcome to do the same in the comments.:-)
  • Happy New Year, everyone!


  1. A novel sounds ambitious. Good luck and happy new years!

    1. Thank you! Happy New Year to you, too!

  2. I like the idea of the "12-week year" - I've never heard of this before. Thanks so much for continuing to blog!

    1. I hadn't heard of it before I saw the book, either, but I like the concept. So far this year (gee, a whole week), it's working out.

      Thanks for the kind words.:-)

  3. Priscilla, after you mentioned it in a few posts, I decided to buy (and read immediately) The 12 Week Year. All I can say is, "wow, what a concept!" So far, I've set three goals (improve the curb appeal of our home, renovate our laundry room, and lose 5-10 pounds) and I've planned out the steps I need to take in order to reach those goals. Thank you so much for suggesting the book to your readers. I hope many of them read the book and become more productive at setting and reaching their goals! Blessings.

    1. I'm glad you found it helpful. I tell ya what, I would not have been able to approach our SCARY garage to clean it out without the plan I came up with through reading that book! I still have four weeks' worth of work to do out there, but it looks SO much better already. Good luck on improving your curb appeal, renovating your laundry room, and losing 5-10 pounds! And thanks for commenting!


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