New Year’s Resolutions—2018

Happy New Year’s Eve! It’s been a couple years since I’ve made official New Year’s Resolutions, but I’m inspired to make some goals for the next 365 days. These are goals I hope to accomplish and principles I’ll aspire to abide by, but no pressure and no punishment for failure will be administered.

I hope to complete one novel and make significant progress on another (at minimum). I also want to continue to hone my craft so that each book is better than the last.

I plan to experiment more with cooking. Stomach issues have basically changed my life and made it really frustrating for me to go out to eat—one of my favorite pastimes. I aim to continue to learn more about what ingredients and combinations of food will/won’t trigger discomfort so that eating in restaurants will be fun again. I’d also like to broaden my menu at home. I’ve never enjoyed cooking—eating is much more my style—but I’m proud of how far I’ve come already. Maybe I’ll even host a dinner party in 2018 (but probably not…)

I will attend as many “writerly” events as possible, whether it be book signings, author panels, writers’ conferences, happy hours, etc. I enjoy spending time with other writers so much, so why not do it as often as possible? First up, my annual trip to California with my writing tribe is in less than two weeks!

I vow to nurture my friendships with those people who make happy, accept me for who I am, and truly add joy to my life. I want the most important people in my life to know how much I love them and am there for them, and I am grateful to have friends and family who are there for me as well.

I do not want to waste time on relationships that require me to work too hard, walk on eggshells, or second-guess my own value/worth.

I will try to let go of the past, meaning I will hold hard to the good memories and try to learn from my mistakes, but also realize that change is inevitable and often meant to be.

I aim to truly open myself up to the possibility of meeting someone to share/spend my life with.

I plan to appreciate the quality time I spend with my family, my parents in particular.

I hope to stress the small stuff a lot less. I am definitely getting better at this one. I think it might be related to my entrance into middle age. Some things do get better with age, and letting go of needless worrying is one of them!

And there you have them. Wish me luck!

Have you made any New Year’s Resolutions? If so, feel free to share some of them in the comments.

 

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Comments

  1. How freaky…I was reading your post when you commented on my blog. 🙂 Having no pressure goals is a good way to approach resolutions. Since 2011 or so, I’ve chosen one word to focus on for the year. I’m still mulling over mine for 2018, but I have a feeling it will relate to time management. I’m good at squandering my time, unless I’m on a deadline. :)Wishing you the very best in 2018, Meredith!

  2. Wow! I have quite similar goals. I’ve made improvements with eating and hope to continue to improve. Eating a diet with low FODMAP foods has helped.

    Happy New Year!

  3. Best wishes for 2018. I hope it is a really lovely happy healthy year for you.
    I wonder with your stomach issues if you know / follow the fodmap diet? It has been a life changing diet for my Hubby. It took a long time for It to work but it is definitely worth it. I look forward to reading more of your books.
    Amanda xx

    • Happy New Year, Amanda!

      I am, in fact, on a low FODMAP diet. I feel so much better, but it makes eating anywhere besides my own house so much more complicated. I LOVE food, but I hate the way I feel when I “cheat.”

      I’m so thankful for your support of my books 🙂

      • I know just how you feel with the eating out thing Meredith. For us its worth all the complication but it also means we eat out a lot less. ( unfortunately).
        Looking forward to your next book. Happy writing. xx

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