Monday, December 31, 2012

On to 2013!


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Happy New Year's Eve, friends!

How are you spending the last day of 2012? I'm spending mine the way I usually do—by taking some time to list my goals for the coming year. Although most years my list is pretty long, this year I've decided to keep it relatively short by choosing things that I actually want to accomplish rather than things that I just think I should. I'm excited about what I came up with! Here's my list, in no particular order:

♥ finish at least the first draft of my dad's memoir

♥ practice gratitude every day

♥ exercise regularly

♥ write more poetry

♥ reduce clutter and organize my house

♥ submit more of my writing

♥ work on my children's journals

♥ focus on one fiction idea and put all of my energy into it

♥ read 110 books

So there they are, my nine goals for 2013. And now tonight, I will celebrate the end of 2012 by watching movies, gorging on chips and dip, and drinking wine with my husband after the kids are in bed. ☺

How will you spend the last hours of 2012? Have you set any goals for next year?

36 comments:

  1. lovely, attainable, healthy list! my resolutions go up on iwsg day (1/2)
    i want to write my mom's memoir...parents are special!

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    1. I've been working on my dad's for a while. We're still trying to talk my mom into letting me do hers as well. :)

      Looking forward to reading your list!

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  2. wow--i want your list!!---hmmm i will be lucky to make it to midnight---and as far as the new year goes---well, i think i secretly have some goals--just not sure if i will stick to them---but i am kinda feeling the poetry thing--so we will see--here's to hoping you meet all of your goals and more along this new year <3

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    1. Thanks, Lynn! I hope you stick to writing poetry. I love reading it!

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  3. Hopefully we can keep each other on task! Have a lovely New Year's Eve!

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  4. Want instead of should. Very good. Wishing you the best.

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    1. Thanks! I hope 2013 is a great year for you!

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  5. Nice list. Why 110 books? Why not 2013 chapters?

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    1. Thanks. Up until this year, my book reading goal was 104 (two a week), but once I conquered that number, I decided to change it to 110, since it seems like such a nice round number to me. I failed this year with only 84 books, but I'm crossing my fingers for next year. :)

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    2. Nice and logical, but will you need help from Clint to achieve it? He helped me finish my script.

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    3. I just might. Can I call him if I need him?

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  6. Great list of goals for 2013! Wishing you a Happy and a Safe New Years!

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    1. Thanks. I wish the same for you, friend!

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  7. Happy NewbYear, Dana, wishing you health and happiness for2013

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    1. Thanks, Sally. I hope 2013 is a great year for you!

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  8. Happy new year and best of luck with your goals! We're off down the road to my best friend's parents' house for games and food to see in 2013. Thank you so much for following my blog - I always enjoy yours. Linda x

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    1. Aw, thanks, Linda! Enjoy your night, and have a great 2013!

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  9. Wow, my goal is 40 books - yours is amazing! I don't have that much time, but I wish I did. Good luck and Happy New Year!

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    1. I'm finding that now that I have kids, I don't have the time either. ;) I made it to 84 this year, though, so maybe if I go without a little more sleep, I'll reach my 2013 goal!

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  10. You must be a fast reader! How did you come up with 110??
    Happy New Year, Dana! And I'm sure you'll accomplish everything you set out to do!

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    1. My goal a few years ago was 104 books (two a week). When I passed that number, I decided to make the challenge harder by choosing 110, simply because it seems like such a nice round number. :)

      Thanks for your encouragement. Happy New Year, Judy!

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  11. I like your goals! I'm going to write two more books in my chapter book series and put out a lot more queries until my work is accepted!

    Happy New Year to you! I wish you all the best in 2013!

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    1. Thanks, Sherry. I hope 2013 is all you want it to be!

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  12. New Year's at home here too! Nice to be safe and not worry about driving. Moives, friends and games. And a run for my goal/resolution on New Year's Day.
    Happy New Years My Friend :)

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    1. Sounds like a great plan to me. Happy New Year!

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  13. Excellent goals! You're going to be reading a lot like I am. :) My goals are set. I don't talk about my exercising one on my blog, but that's a personal goal I've set for myself. We're just staying in and having pizza tonight, nursing our colds. Have a fabulous new year, Dana! :)

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    1. Thanks, Christine. I'm excited to get started. :)

      Sorry you guys aren't feeling well, but I hope you have a great New Year's Eve and a wonderful 2013!

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  14. Admirable goals, Dana, and a couple mirror my own. Tomorrow I will post a list of 50 items I want to do in 2013. I decided last year to push myself to put down 50 things I wanted to do - not so much "goals" as things to do. Hard to explain the difference. I had fun monitoring my progress last year and want to try that again for 2013.
    I wish I could put down read 110 books but it won't happen - I think 26 is a more reasonable goal for me. I think I put that on Goodreads last year and I actually went over the top.
    As for tonight? Well, it's another MOnday night around here - EXCEPT - no work tomorrow! YAHOO!
    Happy New Year! Glad to have made your acquaintance this year! JT

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    1. Thanks. I'm glad to have met you as well!

      I like your list idea—looking forward to reading about the things you'd like to do.

      I'm glad you have the day off today. Enjoy it!

      Happy New Year, my friend! I wish you the best in 2013. :)

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  15. I am late to the party--LOL! I spent my new years with Karma and did my own annual new year's ceremony. I also make a list of goals--things I want to do this coming year. Great list--but 110 books!! Wow!! I bow to you, m'lady! ;)

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    1. What can I say? I love to read, and reading makes my time on the treadmill pass more quickly. :)

      Happy New Year!

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  16. 110 books? two books a week?!?!? That amazes me! You must be counting children's books? That alone would keep be busy all year!

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    1. I read some young adult books, which I put on my list, but I don't count all the children's books I read each week. Maybe I should make a separate list of all those kids' books. There are certainly a lot of them in my life! :)

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