Someone recently emailed and asked how I was doing on my 12 resolutions for 2012. I must say it’s not pretty. Here’s the original list and my progress…
1. I will teach my son to tie his shoes–even if it half kills me in the process
Uh, he can tie them…just not the right way. It’s his way…. and they don’t stay tied…. So this is a negative.
2. I will read 25 books this year that I want to read–not for reviews, beta reads, help with edits or any other ‘professional’ reason, but just because I want to read them
I’ve bought 25 such books, but I’ve only read about seven.
3. I will lose that 25 pounds I’ve been carrying around since my youngest son was born (hey, he’s almost five, it’s past time to say farewell)
I’m about 15 of the way there.
4. I will keep OFF that extra 25 pounds I’ve been carrying around since my youngest was born–lost 23 of it in 2010 only to have it come back in 2011
5. I will stick to that monthly spending allowance I’ve given myself for ebooks on Amazon (that ‘buy with one click’ thing really adds up. Sheesh)
Check! I’ve actually stayed within this one without difficulty, presumably due to number two.
6. I will say “no” when asked to take on anymore projects, even if I have to practice this in front of the mirror
Nope. This didn’t work. I agreed to ride in the MS-150 and fundraise for it. So while I didn’t hold true to the resolution past two months, I don’t mind breaking it for a good cause.
7. I’ll finish Her Sister’s Intended (working title)
I haven’t even opened the file…and probably won’t. I’ve been too busy writing about the Banks men that Viscount Belgrave and the wrong bride will have to wait. I don’t see this being completed this year. Not if I want to finish Elijah and Henry’s books.
8. I will not wait until the last minute to look for cover images again (oops!)
I’ve done very, very well on this. I no longer attempt to make my own covers. I have someone else do them. Not only do I not have to spend the time searching for pictures, she does a far superior job making them than I could dream of!
9. I will NOT under any circumstances change one of my books due to public criticism (unless it’s a genuine typo)
I’m pleased to say that I haven’t made a single change to a book with the exception of a genuine typo or updating what’s available or coming soon!
10. I will take no less than 20 accordion lessons (don’t ask, you don’t really want to know)
Sadly, I haven’t taken any.
11. I will give an honest attempt at remembering my manners when making posts on here and refrain from posting about impotence, fondling beasts (sic intended), bathroom habits of stinky men at the mall, and anything else most might find offensive or morally repugnant.
Oh dear. I’ve not only broken this one. I’ve smashed it to smithereens with my talk of pimps, bully sticks, getting stuck in a dress and rude ladies who dared insult me to my face.
12. I will get to know those who follow me better. But that means YOU have to help, too. I used to recognize about 80% of those who followed me just by seeing their e-mail address. Now? Uh, no. Don’t be shy, feel free to comment or write me with a question you’d like to see me answer. There’ve been very few–if any–questions I’ve refused to answer, including what the note said that Marcus pinned on Emma’s backside before the musical recital or the urgent question regarding my husband’s similarity between another of my heroes.
This is passable. I’ve done all I can: asking for opinions, telling mortifying stories about myself, and even running polls. Some of you have responded some are probably wishing you’d never subscribed. Either way, I do appreciate all of you who’ve responded. I hate feeling as if I’m talking to myself on here. So thanks!!
There you have it. Some goals have been dumped already and some I’m still working on. I’d love to know how your 2012 goals are going!