I'm determined not to be one of those people whose New Year's resolutions fade into the past by springtime. That doesn't necessarily mean I will complete every resolution; priorites change over relatively short periods of time and life gets in the way. However, it means I have to take the time to review my goals every few months to ensure I'm still working towards something, whether or not I'm following my original plan.
I've completed 2 of my New Year's resolutions so far: I finished the computer courses I enrolled on and I can run for an hour (albeit very slowly). There are 29 altogether, but I'm unsure about a few of them and several are aiming to change my day-to-day habits (such as keeping a spending diary and doing yoga), so they are assessed rather than achieved. I'm working on the rest of my goals, but tend to be erratic when it comes to completing actions that count towards them...
So how am I progressing on my writing goals?
Hmmm... I have been submitting more work over the past few weeks, so should meet my aim of submitting at least 12 pieces within the next couple of months. However, I've been neglecting my novel and haven't yet finished the first draft, let alone finished the novel 'to a decent standard' as my resolution says.
Most of my writing progress has come about in ways I hadn't foreseen at the start of the year. I'm doing writing activities as volunteer work for a local non-profit and I'm trying to build a freelance career in writing nonfiction alongside my fiction. I forced myself to join LinkedIn and write a profile, which was terrifying — I'm announcing to the world that I take my writing seriously and want to be paid for writing!
Connected to this new change of direction are 2 courses for which I've just registered... I will soon be starting the first, which is on Web Design, and will be doing a 12 week Open University module called An Introduction to Bookkeeping and Accounting in May. The theory is that both courses will give me skills that will enhance my freelance writing career, plus they will be useful when applying for clerical jobs.
Neither computer skills nor numbers come naturally to me, so both courses will be challenging. I have to remember that facing these challenges is the only way I'm going to improve my skills. In fact, a lot of my New Year's resolutions for 2014 have this theme — because facing challenges is always better than running away from your fears.