I had originally planned for this post to be an epic Year in Review-type thing, but then it occurred to me: as it relates to this blog, the year is far from over. Far, far from over. To be precise, it is 203 days from over. So…I don’t think the time is right for that just yet. Instead, I want to look ahead to 2015.
I don’t believe in “resolutions,” per se. If someone’s New Year’s resolution is to lose 50 pounds, but they spend the last month of 2014 eating all they can, because they know January 1st is right around the corner, how successful do you really think that resolution is going to be? Resolutions set us up to fail, in my opinion. But goals? Goals for which we make plans and prepare? Well, we might just achieve our goals.
That’s what I am telling myself. So while I don’t have resolutions for 2015, I do have goals.
#1 — I want to publish Middle Ground in 2015.
Now, hang on a minute! That sounds like a resolution, doomed to fail! You’re right, Imagined Thoughts of My Reader, that does sound like a resolution! After all, I have not been writing at all, and I haven’t even looked at Middle Ground in months. What makes me think 2015 will be any different? Well…I have slowly and cautiously been making preparations. The past couple days, I have been intensely working on cleaning my house. (No, I haven’t changed the subject. Stick with me here.) I usually work three days a week at the church, which should leave me more than enough time to focus on writing as well. And yet, I haven’t. I don’t. On my days off, when the boys are at school, I look around my house and think, “Golly, I would just feel guilty if I sat down in front of my computer to write for a couple of hours. There is so much to be done!” So instead, I do housework on my days off. (And still my house is a disaster, but that’s a story for another day.) “After all,” I tell myself, “the needs of my family need to come before my silly little hobby!” Hogwash! Well, no, actually…that’s true. But the hogwash part is that I am acting as if I can’t make time for both. So, despite my soreness from my pickle fall the other day, I am working like crazy to get my house in order. I’m not going for perfection, which is good because I am a horrible housekeeper, and I’m actually the best housekeeper in our family. But it needs to be well-maintained enough that I can look around on my days off and feel as if it’s okay to devote a little time to writing. Basically, I’m taking away the excuses.
And that’s pretty much it, actually. Oh, there are other things I would like to do, and I’m sure those will come up at some point, but when I think about 2015 and what I would like for it to hold which 2014 did not – things which aren’t normal, everyday life things – Middle Ground is it.
So here we go, 2015. Let’s do this.