Thursday, December 30, 2010

Are you ready for some New Year?

As I began penning my post for today, the song that starts out Sunday night football started running through my head, and I thought, are you ready for a New Year? (same tune, different words)

And I am asking myself, am I?

2010 has been one of the most difficult, art-starved years I can remember, and many have heard me say, I will be happy to see the backside of it. The problem is, how to turn 2011 into the year it should be?

I figured since I was pondering the situation for this post, I would just go ahead and vocalize it too.

My list of goals for 2011 NOTE: *these are my goals not resolutions, as I no longer believe that resolving is enough to ensure action will occur-and it is now my intent to "outlive" my life by giving more and demanding less*

1. Get back in church.
2. Get back into the writing chair for pleasure, not profit.
3. Market myself, my writing, and my photography/videography business better to build relationships, not simply wealth.
4. Spend more time with family, making memories and developing traditions.
5. Mentor someone in some way.

If these seem open-ended, it is because they are. I recently was told that 2011 would hold a lot of serendipitous events for me, and I intend to leave all my options open.

What do you plan on doing in 2011? I hope it is worthy, joyful, and thoughtful. And above all else, some action that will help you be who you really want to be.

Joy and peace in the new year from me to you!

Kim Smith is the author of the Shannon Wallace Mysteries published by Red Rose Publishing, and the fantastic new YA fantasy, A Mirror in Time, from Moongypsy Press


Marta Stephens said...

Kim, as you well know, you and I were separated at birth and by a few years, but who's counting? Your goals are solid, totally unselfish, and I absolutely love them, especially #3. This doesn't in the least diminish #s 1 (think about this too), 2 (spoke to me loud and clear), 4 (feel I'm there on this one), & 5, but so often we get caught up in making a name for ourselves and the next big sale, that we forget about the people and the relationships that got us there.

I know this has been an especially difficult year for you and wish you nothing but boundless joy and many successes in the coming year!

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

I'm sure if you start out right away to accomplish your goals, you'll succeed and be very happy.

Aaron Paul Lazar said...

Kim, this is a wonderful list!! I love your idea of goals versus resolutions, much more realistic. And funny you should mention church - I wrote Firesong when I was happily ensconced in a little local parish, but left when my daughter moved home with her 7 week old son, 8 years ago. I miss it, and have been editing Firesong this week for a final polish. Makes me want to go back! Thanks for a wonderful piece, and best wishes for a year filled with writing and more writing!

Sonya said...

Those sound like great goals to me. :-) Happy New Year, Kim! (And Marta, and Aaron! *G*)