Good grief it’s been three months since I blogged!  Fall has not been kind to me, and I’ve been busier than I’d like. But the new year is upon us, and it’s time for me to figure out how I’m going to do things this year.  Time for my list of resolutions!  (For the record, I’m pretty good at keeping resolutions.)

1. Get back on my book-reading schedule.  Two books a month.  I know that sounds light to some of my more heavy-reading friends, but I have a busy life and do lots of things, so reading time isn’t always going to fit in where I’d like.

2. Get back on my bike.  Not right now, because we are looking at some pretty frigid temps in the coming week, but on  days when it tops 50, I need to load up the bike and get out to the bike path.  I’ll be taking Tater with me.   I bought a new bike this fall, so I could pass my current bike down to Tater, who has gotten too tall for her “junior” bike.  But I’ve only been on it a couple of times so far.  Shame on me!

3. Spend some good time getting up to speed on craft fairs for the year.  I’m doing good building inventory, but now I need to plan for where and how to sell.  I have a friend who does shows, so I’ve been picking her brain and looking for events in the area.  I enjoyed the one craft fair I did this past fall, even though I only did a little better than break even.  I’m looking forward to doing more of them.

4. Get back to writing.  I need a daily schedule and need to stick to it.  Writing doesn’t happen without hard work and fingers on the keyboard.  I have stories to write, I just need to WRITE them.  Also, I need to finish the plotting bootcamp materials.  I didn’t finish the course as strong as I would have liked.  I kept all of the materials and it’s a matter of sitting and going through them, and finishing it.

5. Find more local friends.  There are a couple of local groups that I’ve not gotten involved in but should.  I would love to find a thrifting buddy or two, and a discussion or social group for women over 50.  This has always been difficult for me, as I am an older mom and still have a school age kid at home.  I also work full time, and many of the groups I find have daytime activities, which I can’t attend.

That’s probably enough to work with.  I’m looking forward to 2017 as a “new leaf” year.  I am ten years from retirement.  I need to start figuring out who I am and what motivates and pleases me, and add those things into my life.  2016 was not a banner year for me in some ways, and I don’t want a repeat for 2017.

What are your resolutions this year?

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