Happy New Year
My New Year’s resolution for 2007 was to “get serious about my writing. To finish a manuscript, polish it and submit it to an editor.” And I did. I finished not just one, but two manuscripts and submitted them both before year’s end. Unfortunately one got lost when the editor parted company with the publisher and deleted all her submissions. But hey, I actually completed my resolution, something I rarely do.
My New Year’s resolution for 2008 was “to continue improving my craft and keep submitting.” I didn’t ever make a resolution to “Get Published” or “Make a sale” because that was really out of my hands. The best I could do was submitting the best possible effort I could, which I continued to do. Not only did I submit two manuscripts, but both resulted in contracts. That 100% success rate was definitely worthy of the Snoopy Dances and Price is Right bounces that resulted.
My New Year’s resolution for 2009?
I guess I’ll continue last year’s resolution. That and a firm vow to forego birthdays from here on in – it’s either that or I have to get serious about my health and begin a diet and exercise plan. You see this is the year I have THE birthday. You know the one that ends in zero and starts with a fi–*cough choke* Nope, can’t say it. I’ve never cared if someone asked my age before, never thought twice about admitting I was in my mid 30s or 40s but this one? I think knowing that I’m am currently older than my father when he had his first heart attack, or the same age as his sister, my aunt, when she had her first heart attack is finally hitting home. Oh, each year for the last ten years, I’ve made the same resolution to “get healthy” but within weeks, sometimes days, I let my willpower fail. There was still a lot of time left for me before I had to worry about such things, I told myself as I played the proverbial ostrich with her head stuck in the sand.
So this year, facing that dreaded half-century (GAK!) mark, I’m forced to admit that in addition to putting my butt in the chair and my hands on the keyboard, I need to make an effort to get my butt out of that chair and get moving. I need to watch my cholesterol levels, and lose weight. That challenge must be met. I know if I put my mind to it, I can do it. I’ve done it before. But it’s daunting. Not only for the amount of weight I need to lose, but also because it’s one I know I HAVE to do , not only for myself but for GG and the boys. So I figure if I publicly say that I have to get healthy, if I have to report … say monthly how the battle goes, maybe I’ll have a better chance at succeeding.
So in the coming months, I have a mission for you. I want you, need you, to nag me and question me about what I’m doing to stay healthy this year. Use guilt if you have to – it’s a terrific motivator. I can’t turn the clock back, but maybe I can tweak the mechanism so it ticks a little longer than it would right now.