New Year’s Resolutions

I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. I used to, though. However, after a few years of failing to keep any resolutions I made on New Year’s Eve, I gave up on it entirely. What’s the use of making promises you can’t keep?

New Year's ResolutionsThis year, though, I’ve decided to revisit this ritual. 2013 is going to be a big year for me. I have serious plans for 2013, and I need to make serious changes in my life to make these plans happen. In order to make these serious changes, I have to set goals. This is where the New Year’s resolutions come in.

Of course, I could have just written the list and kept it in a folder where only I could see it. The problem with that scenario is I become accountable only to myself. If I do that, I might as well give up on the idea of creating New Year’s resolutions. The fact is I am pretty much an easy-going person. If I don’t force myself to become accountable to other people, then these resolutions are a goner. I’d be listing them, but I’d never work on them.

So, this post is basically an attempt to become accountable to someone else other than myself. It’s my
hope that in doing so, I’d have at least a couple, if not all, of these resolutions carried through by the time 2014 rolls in. Here goes.

  1. Blog more consistently. I’ve been blogging for almost ten years now, using different accounts and different platforms. I thought to take my blogging to the next level by purchasing my own domain and setting up this blog. Obviously, I’ve not done so, mainly because I’m not consistent with my blogging. My usual excuse is work keeps me busy, but the truth is I lack organization in my blogging.
  2. Blog more bravely. Another reason why I’ve not been consistent with my blogging is fear overtakes me sometimes. I’ve been a wallflower for most of my life. I was the girl no one takes notice of, and I’ve been happy that way. It’s hard for the wallflower to drag herself to the center of the dance floor and just dance. She’d be too worried about what the other people at the party have to say about her moves. She’d be so worried that she’d end up not dancing at all. It’s time for me to stop being the wallflower. It’s time for me to dance.
  3. Finish my first novel. I’ve been working on a story for years now. I’m already done with the outline and the character sketches. It’s just a matter of actually writing the novel. I thought to join NaNoWriMo to give myself a push but ended up not doing so. I’m not going to wait for the next NaNoWriMo. Instead, I’m going for Patrice Sarath’s method of 250 words daily. Less pressure that way.
  4. Build more passive income streams. I strongly believe I’ve got the best job in the world. Freelance writing allows me to stay at home and gives me more freedom with my work. But even the most dedicated freelance writers get burned out. I don’t see myself freelance writing until I reach retirement age, but I don’t see myself working in an office setting anymore, either. The best insurance I can make for myself is building sources of passive income. Hopefully this blog will be one of them. I have a couple other blogs to rework and re-launch. There’s also my Constant Content experiment, and then I’ll start posting articles on places like HubPages as well.
  5. Lose weight. I’ve been trying to lose weight. I don’t want to say that it’s not working because I’ve not really been giving this endeavor the effort it deserves. I’m not getting any younger, and I want to live long enough to enjoy whatever children and grandchildren I’d be blessed with. That will only happen if I take weight loss more seriously.

These are the five most important goals I want to achieve by the end of 2013. I hope to look back on this blog post this time next year and find I’ve achieved most of it, if not all.

Do you have any New Year’s resolutions? Care to share them in the comments?

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Anna Sibal-Gonzaga is a freelance writer based in the Philippines. She likes reading books and watching movies and TV shows in the sci-fi, fantasy and historical genres. She is also a casual gamer and an all-around nerd.

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