Happy New Year and welcome to my first post for 2015! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season. I am endeavoring to get back into blogging on a consistent basis after having the month of December get totally away from me for numerous reasons.
To help me get back on track, I have once again joined the Ultimate Blog Challenge. I plan to follow one of the daily tips sent out to refresh and reinforce the habit of daily writing and blogging, although I do plan to begin the rest of the month’s posts BEFORE midnight, since this New Year’s Day has been extremely busy! 😉
Appropriately, the January 1st writing prompt was to discuss resolutions, plans, and goals for the new year. Even though I’ve already missed one of my goals to the first day (getting to bed at a reasonable hour!), blogging daily is another, so even though it’s after midnight here in Maine, I’m still counting this as my first post for the month and will do another later on (several hours from now).
I tend to stay away from discussing “resolutions” because the idea of “New Year’s Resolutions” has become the brunt of many jokes, particularly with the notation of how many people don’t keep them for more than a few days–or past January.
Instead, I am working on a plan of action with manageable objectives to reach goals. I even call my “To Do” list my daily “Plan of Action.” It may just be semantics, but since words have power, I prefer to choose the words wisely and strategically.
SO … as hubby and I were sitting here watching the NYC festivities of New Year’s Eve on TV, thankful we were here instead, safe and warm in our PJs and not out in the cold and the crowds… I composed at least a partial list of changes to make in 2015:
Manage my time MUCH better
Initiate and maintain greater productivity
Meet deadlines consistently
Blog regularly and consistently
Keep up with housework, including decluttering and simplifying
Balance freelance work with sewing
Market/advertise my home-based businesses MORE
Update blogs and websites for my home-based businesses
Organize – organize – organize
Take time to read and absorb all the workshops and tutorials I’ve paid for and not benefited from yet
Interact with more bloggers and reply to comments left by readers
Try new things I’ve been putting off, like wool felting and rug hooking
Finish projects from my UFO (UnFinished Objects) piles
Take better care of myself, including eating right, exercising, and getting more rest (after tonight!)
That’s it! 🙂 Actually, that is probably the short list, because I think each of those items likely includes multiple “baby steps” as I strive to accomplish them.
And that quote about sums it up–changing what I can change, one step at a time, from the inside out, beginning with my attitude.
How about you? If you celebrated Christmas, did you have a nice holiday week with your family? Do you have any special goals for this new year of 2015?