8 Goals for 2015

As 2015 looms ever closer, I’ve been thinking about my goals for this coming year. I don’t want to call them resolutions as that implies a lot of hype and too little action. “Goals” seems like a better way to look at the things I want to accomplish this year.

So, here are my goals for 2015:

1. Write daily morning pages. I used to journal all the time. I have about 10 full journals from the time I was in middle school through college. Then, for some inexplicable reason, I just stopped. I’ve been hearing good things about writing daily “morning pages.” Julia Cameron, I believe, is responsible for the popularity of this practice. Instead of journaling, you sit down and free write for a certain period of time. I think this would be more useful to me than trying to “journal” in a logical fashion.

2. Read 52 books. I already love to read, but I feel like I’ve been slacking in my consumption. So, my goal is to read a book a week. I’ve got a list of books I want to hit as well as a back-up list in case any of the selections on the main list are a bust. I always come to the party prepared!

3. Do a daily devotional. This will go along with my daily morning pages. Since my oldest son began to walk (and manifest his autism) he’s become rather unmanageable in public places. One of those public places is church. Therefore, we stopped attending church several years ago. I’ve really missed it and hope to replace it, somewhat, with a daily devotional reading.

4. Release 2 books. My first book, Wild Horses Don’t Stop at Whoa is due out January 16th (I’ll make a more formal announcement on the day). And the second book I have ready to go is In the Blood – the first installment in my fantasy series, The Witchbreed. In the Blood is currently under consideration by EDGE publishing and with two agents. Depending on how those queries go, I hope to release In the Blood before next winter.

5. Finish Beneath the Skin. This is the sequel to In the Blood. I’ve been fiddling with getting the rough draft written for about a  year now. It needs to get done and 2015 is the year to do it.

6. Eat 6 servings of fruit/veggies every day. In the past two years, my weight has spiraled out of control. My health, as a consequence, is slowly declining. Therefore, I need to take steps to reverse the damage. Eating more fruits and veggies is part of that process.

7. Exercise at least 3 times a week. This is the second part of the process mentioned above.

8. Cut outs sugar and most carbs from my diet. And this is the third part of the “get healthy” process. I didn’t want to focus on “losing weight” or getting into a  certain size jeans. That approach has never yielded very good results. I really just need to concentrate on being strong, confident, and able to keep up with my children.

So what about you all? Any goals for this coming year?

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