Monday, December 31, 2012

Five New Year's Goals

It's been an interesting year. But I'm glad to see it go.

Oh, it hasn't been all bad - I've had lots of blessings to count. But major surgery - a hysterectomy - and a major health diagnosis - rheumatoid arthritis - kind of took the wind out of my sails this year.

I don't do New Year's resolutions because I inevitably break them, then feel guilty afterwards. So instead, I just like to make some general goals.

1. Learn pain management techniques. When I have RA flare-ups, I'm in a lot of pain, and that's all I tend to focus on. I need to learn to distract myself - immerse myself in my writing or a book or playing a game with my daughter or having a good conversation with my husband. Dwelling on the pain does nothing but make it worse.

2. Focus on the novel writing. I've done quite a bit of freelance this past year, and I've discovered that while the money is good, it takes me away from my true love: writing my novels. So I've decided to be more selective in what I take on for next year.

3. Stay away from politics, but stay knowledgeable on the issues. I want to be aware of what's facing the country and the world, but I really don't want to argue with people over those issues anymore. It's too brain-draining.

4. Continue to count my blessings every single day. This helps me keep my perspective.

5. Pray more. I think there's a lot of power in prayer, and I need to use it more often!

What's one goal you're making for the New Year?

10 comments:

  1. Great goals...I share some of them, especially the last. Funny how the most important things always slide when we need them the most!
    Have a beautiful and blessed (and hopefully healthier!) new year!

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    1. Thank you, Faith! I wish you the same!

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  2. I'll be glad to see 2012 go too. Here's to a better 2013! :)

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  3. Best wishes, Melissa! Stay focused. You're doing great.

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    1. Thank you, Rick! Ditto for you. I hope 2012 brings you a NEW JOB and lots of acclaim for your amazing paintings!

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  4. This is a wonderful list, especially those last two. Goodness knows I could do with more of those. Have a lovely New Year!

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    1. I hope your New Year is fantastic, Anna!

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  5. Great goals, Melissa, especially the last two. I hope 2013 is a better year for you.
    I haven't thought about resolutions or goals yet, but working on my writing would up there at the top of the list.

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    1. I think I need to print out this post and put it somewhere so I remember all these goals! LOL Best wishes for a New Year!

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