The holiday is finished and I’m back to my blog which I missed very much. I hope you all had a great time with your families and friends.
Last week, it was all about New Year’s resolutions in the blogosphere: taking them, listing them or avoiding them. Personally, I’ve never been able to keep my New Year’s resolutions. When I was younger, each first of January, I use to make a list of what I wanted to accomplish in the New Year. And, each time, toward the end of the year, I was disappointed because I had not realised what I had listed. I was so focussed on the fact I had not accomplished my resolutions, I could not see the good things that happened that year. Until, one day, I decided on the “No New Year’s resolutions” policy. Reflecting on this subject, there are two main reasons why I can’t keep resolutions.
The first reason is I’m not good with following a plan. Each time I made a plan for my life, somehow, some circumstances got into the way. For me, it seems the best things in my life always happen when I expect them the less, when I don’t plan them. A good example of this is NaNoWriMo. I’ve been rambling about writing a novel for so long and, inside a few days, I learned about this challenge, registered and wrote a first draft of a 50 000 words novel in one month.
The second reason is I always see the two sides of a coin. I can be set on one way to tackle a decision and, a few hours later, I change my mind and I follow a different path… Am I the only one to be like this?
So, for 2013 there are no resolutions: it’s all about embracing the moment and making the maximum of each day, keep my mind open to whatever life brings me and take advantage of each opportunity coming my way.
But, this holiday got me thinking lots on what I wanted to do this year regarding work, writing and blogging. Finding work in Australia has been a big challenge for me. I’ve been applying intensively for work since I finished my Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism and I’ve been struggling much to find something. This was a huge source of stress for me. So, for this year, I decided to keep an eye open on possibilities for work but put most of my energy into what really makes me happy, into what I really like to do: writing. So, I will work on finishing my novel and edit it and focus on my blog.
There are lots of ideas for my blog running in my head: I still want to do my first giveaway, I’m still thinking of moving the blog to a self-hosted website, I have a project of knitting, maybe even a linky party…
But, for the moment, there are already some changes happening over here. The first one is there is ads on the blog now. These ads are provided by a program called WordAds. It’s something I’m trying out. I put a lot of time and effort into this blog and I thought, perhaps I can have a little monetary reward out of it. I want to put a huge emphasis on the fact that you can be assured to always have my honest and truthful opinion on this space. You also can be assured I will always be totally transparent on this blog. These ads don’t affect in any way either my opinion or what I’m writing on the blog.
Also, I will join the Romance Writers of Australia for some motivation toward my novel. Finally, I will also join The Australian Women Writers Challenge because I want to read more and discover Australian women writers. Any suggestion of book is welcome.
This year I just want to live according to this quote which I mentioned before:
Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it. – Groucho Marx
So, hopefully 2013 hold many positive things for me and I hope the same to all of you. Happy New Year! I’m looking forward to know you better this year. Again, thank you so much for your support!
Do you take New Year’s resolution?
What are they?
Do you make life plans?
Linking this post with Jess over at Essentially Jess for I Blog on Tuesdays.