goals for 2011
I’m not very good with New Year’s resolutions, but I do try to set up some reachable goals for myself—sometimes at the start of the year, sometimes smack in the middle.
This year, I thought I’d share some of my current & upcoming goals with you…& ask you to share yours in return.
To get under contract again. After I turn in MUST LOVE VAMPIRES later this month, I’ve only got one more Desire to write before all of my myriad contracts are up, & of course I’d dearly love to sell some more books & know what my creative projects will be for the rest of the year. I’m not worried, mind you, but rather curious & a little anxious to know what the future will bring. Especially since I would dearly love to…
Sell some of the proposals I’ve been sitting on for ages. I’ve got a handful of really cool proposals worked up for some very cool stories I would love to write, so I’m very much hoping that I can find a home for them in the New Year. Of course, the question then becomes Which do I submit first? because even though I would love to do them all—& all at once—I am only one person.
Be less negative & pessimistic. Ha! Bet you weren’t expecting that one, huh? Do I come across as a little Pollyanna-ish at times? Yes, it’s true, I definitely have a very Pollyanna streak. But I think my true nature is to be negative & pessimistic—like Eeyore—because my first reaction to nearly anything is immediate cynicism & grumpiness. I usually catch myself pretty quickly & can change gears before the negativity gets a foothold, but I would still like to work on it so that my initial, knee-jerk reaction is happy-happy, joy-joy instead of bah-humbug. Hey, it could happen! :tpspspspt
Be more flexible. Physically, sure. Never hurts to be able to touch your chin with your elbow or your nose with your knee. But I’m talking about being a little less reactionary when plans change unexpectedly, things don’t go quite my way (i.e. as I’m expecting them to go; I’m not that bad when it comes to not getting my own way…so says I, so it must be true :tpspspspt ), or my belongings get moved. Does it really matter if someone leaves a pencil out, even though I like all my pens & pencils to be neatly arranged in their assigned pencil holder? No, it does not. 2011 is the year to get over it & just put the stupid pencils back myself without grumbling about it first!
Catch up on TV shows I’ve missed. This one will probably end up getting moved to the top of the list because…well, this is me we’re talking about. But Glee is a runaway smash & I have yet to see even one episode because I want to watch from the very beginning… I have recently discovered that The Big Bang Theory & The New Adventures of Old Christine are hilarious, but I jumped in around season season 19 & would dearly love to start over… And I’ve heard good things about Supernatural & Human Target, but know I should probably start from episode one with those, too.
So there you have it—I’ve set the bar. It may be low, but I’m setting it.
What about you?
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Laura J says:
Well as a fan of your books I definitely like your first 2 goals and want you to make those!!!!
For me I just want to one: get out of this funk I’m in. I know the cause for it and I have one solution to help but I just got to make myself go.
I have this goal every year and I think I get better but I never actually reach it. I really want to reach it this year…well at least maybe be able to touch it. (No Dee, while Bradley is a good goal that I would like to touch, that’s not it–so get your mind out of the gutter!) I want to get more organized!! I have a bad case of ADD that doesn’t necessarily make it easy for me to do this, but I’m determined and if I have to go on medicine for it then I will convince my doctor to give me some. I want to get down to only having one calendar with everyone’s things/places to be on it instead of the 5 I have and none of them are ever in snyc.
Heidi I completely understand the negative/pessimistic thing and I’m feeling the same way but for me it depends on the company I’m keeping at the time. On the outward side (and people I don’t know as well) I’m all Pollyanna to my close friends and family the Grinch is like Spongebob. My boss at work calls me Biznitch (we are always picking on each other *g*) and if he only knew how close that comes to being a good name for me. But hopefully that will all improve once spring gets here!
Btw– did you know that January 17th is said to be the most depressing day of the year. I’m working on a plann now to skip that day. The thought is that reality from spending so much money for Christmas and the rather nasty cold winter hits about that time. What can I say–Regis and Kelly know everything!! lol
On January 4, 2011 at 10:59 am
See, that’s just it…I let other people throw me off the happiness, too, & we really shouldn’t. MMD likes to say “don’t let anyone steal your joy” & when we let other people put us in a bad mood, that’s exactly what they’re doing. Not to mention controlling our emotions when *we* should be in charge of that. But just because I know that doesn’t mean I’ve figured out how to stop the knee-jerk reactions. *That’s* what I’ve got to work on.
Did you ever get one of those fabu lamps I mentioned a while back? Completely forget what they’re called, but they run on flouro lightbulbs & are supposed to help with SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). I really think they helped with the funk I used to get into in the winter.
On January 4, 2011 at 12:08 pm
Laura J. says:
No lamp yet. There is a workout/tanning bed place where I work and the girl that works there said we could work out together. She hates walking on the treadmill without having someone to talk to. I know exercise will help too so I gonna try to get back to it. I’m also going to take a Zumba class. The B’girl does it as part of her conditioning for gymnastics (that and a more difficult version of the P90x) and loves it.
The one person that throws me off my happiness is the hubby. I keep telling him at my limit, but he just has to push that last button. :devil Then he gets the brunt of it.
We have had 2 days of very sunny (and by very sunny–it’s even sunnier than it is in the summer–blinding!) and that has helped but now they are calling for snow this weekend and an even bigger one in a couple of weeks. I’m trying to think summer!!! SUMMER!! BRING IT!!!!
On January 4, 2011 at 8:13 pm
Laura’s the angel again? hehehe.
1. To start working again – this one I hoe is accomplished fairly quickly
2. To believe in myself and my abilities more.
3. To have less negative moments
4. To work on making my goals happen instead of dreaming about what I’d like to have.
5. Going back to Italy. [This might be more a 2012 goal…]
6. Seeing a Roma game live. [Also might be a 2012 goal]
That’s all I got for now.
On January 4, 2011 at 11:31 am
*crap – “Hope” not “hoe”.
On January 4, 2011 at 11:31 am
Laura J says:
On January 4, 2011 at 11:45 am
This is when spell check fails you.
On January 4, 2011 at 8:31 pm
Actually, Dee, I bet if you went the “hoe” route, you’d be working again faster than you think. :beerlaugh
On January 4, 2011 at 12:05 pm
Laura J. says:
On January 4, 2011 at 6:24 pm
At least I’m laughing about it, right? 😉
On January 4, 2011 at 8:34 pm
Those are good goals. I’m crossing my fingers you can see them all thru! :brava
On January 4, 2011 at 12:09 pm
:beerlaugh so she’s gonna have a garden!!
a great goal to have!!
I wish you luck Dee!! for ALL of your goals!! :blowkiss
On January 4, 2011 at 12:53 pm
Yes, I’m taking up gardening. 🙂
On January 4, 2011 at 8:35 pm
Laura J says:
probably going to plant some yummy Italian “veggies” in it!
On January 4, 2011 at 11:09 pm
On January 4, 2011 at 11:42 pm
I like everyones goals!! Good Luck with them!
Must be the age! 29 sure does take it out of us doesnt it??? I have my moments of “funk”y ness too!! Or I’ll be in a great mood and someone else will be a total wanker and kills it!! Damn wankers!!
My goals are:
to get organized..so far so good!
to have more joy! to thoroughly enjoy my life!! and ignore the wankers!!
and to knit/crochet and read more! :cantputdown
On January 4, 2011 at 12:58 pm
My main goal should be to get organized, but I think I gave up on that about a decade ago. :crazy
And I think I like your more succinct description better: Enjoy my life & ignore the wankers. Even tho there are oh, so many of them out there! :angeldevil
On January 4, 2011 at 5:57 pm
Jessica Lemmon says:
Heidi, I love that list! And speaking of Glee – I’ve only seen it a few times, but the MADONNA episode is TOPS, so youtube that one first, imho. :Pretty
As far as the positivity thing, well, I pretty much have that licked – :icecream – har har… a 6 yr stint in direct sales made me a little cheerleadery, but also, I do have a natural tendancy for positivity (hello, I named my blog Smile, Feel Good!)
I’m curious to see what the future brings for you as well. We all know you’re too fabulous to NOT get signed (I mean, come on) so I guess it’s a question of WHO and what you’re gonna write. May we have a hint? Are your MS’s paranormal? More romance like the chicks with sticks. I, personally wouldn’t mind a few longer books with a bit more girth. No pun intended *snicker* I just typed that to make myself laugh. :beerlaugh
😉 Jess :kisses
On January 4, 2011 at 7:40 pm
Laura J says:
The very first episode of Glee I watched was the Madonna episode. Sue cracks me up!!!
On January 4, 2011 at 11:10 pm
mary k says:
Great goals you all have. I have but one goal right now, just to be happy with myself and who I am right now.
On January 5, 2011 at 7:58 am