Happy New Year! Yep, I’ve got my party hat, streamers and resolutions ready! I know I’m not alone. August is the turn of a new year for those of us with kids that have been home all summer long. Every day is the first day of the rest of your life blah blah…, but this August really is the start of a whole new life for me. Both boys will be in school, my youngest for four days a week (preschool). That gives me twenty hours a week where I am the only person to take care of. It’s a lot to imagine for someone who has been a stay at home mom for eight years.
What am I going to do with all that time you ask? Well, I’ve been developing a strategic plan and I have some pretty amazing goals for myself. Here’s where that quote about preparation meeting opportunity is the only path to success keeps playing in my head.
My Goals (read- the only thing I’ll be doing the next ten months) Write Daily, a minimum of 15k words a week. Keep house clean (everyone has their chores assigned), cook healthy meals for family (signed up for a meal plan site that sends recipes and grocery list and the food has been awesome ) work out four times a week (walking youngest to school with a couple miles tacked on for return home), read one book a week (you should see my TBR stack!)
After these, there are a few more like dates with hubs, family time with kiddos, writing retreats, me-time with girlfriends. But together these incorporate daily, weekly and monthly activities that work toward my ultimate goal of writing books and submitting them with the intention of being published. I have a list of six titles waiting for me.
I’ve canceled all commitments outside of my home and family except for one with my local RWA chapter. They get my volunteer time this year. No PTA Board, room mom, women’s clubs, or any other time commitment that doesn’t further my goal. I’m going to be prepared the next time opportunity comes a’ knockin!
I’m lucky enough to be part of this great blog with all these wonderful, talented authors so I get to feed off their excitement about sales, their love of writing heroes we would all melt for and their experience.
Do you have a time of year that is like a fresh start? Do you make New Years resolutions or goals?