12/30/2017 1 Comment
New Year, New Goals
I read an article on resolutions on the website Career Authors. The fresh take on the tradition of making New Year's resolutions describes perfectly my desire to slow my life to a reasonable pace, to allow myself more time to think and reflect.
Article author Glenn Miller writes:
What if instead of resolutions, you chose not what you will do, but who you will be?
My main goal for 2018 is to simplify my life. I want more time in the mountains to see creatures like this Bighorn Sheep, and to hike, camp, and fish. As I prioritize, I plan to continue writing short stories and novels. That is one thing I won't be trimming from my schedule. In fact, I hope to make more time for my writing.
I will also continue my Thursday short story reviews, which seem popular. I will be cutting back to one post every other week, instead of weekly. On Tuesdays, if I post, look for more nature photos.
I have more stories to tell, and not enough time to write them all down. I hope to remedy that problem in 2018.
Our life is frittered away by detail... simplify, simplify. - Henry David Thoreau
1/7/2018 11:00:04 am
Happy New Year, and good for you! I think that's an admirable goal to take stock and shift one's direction and perspective a little to find more balance. I certainly hope to do the same in 2018, as the final three months of 2017 found me buried under so much academic and office work that I had not time nor energy to pursue personal writing. I actually turned down additional teaching work for this spring semester -- my bank account wonders how it's going to break even if I'm not essentially working one and a half full-time jobs like I had done in fall -- but I really need to feel productive again. Life is too short, and what's the point if all of your time is consumed by the unsatisfying details, as Thoreau observes?
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