"The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals." ~Melody Beattie
When I started my quote search for this post, I immediately loved the first one I read. But I looked at more, just in case. I noticed another site touted the "Top 10" on New Year's Resolutions, where this quote was honored as Number 1! It was clear. It was the first one I read, and rated number one. So this was indeed the one! I liked the comparison of a new year with a chapter of a book waiting to be written. And how setting goals helps get the story written or a task completed.
One of my goals when I started my blog was to post every other Monday. That's worked out well, except for October when things went awry. Before we departed on a ten day trip in Montana, I decided to skip the week we were gone. I wondered if anyone would notice. (After all, my techy Megan and I were the only ones aware of my goal.) But when we returned from the trip, I don't even know how I lost track of the days and the dates on my pre-determined Blog Log schedule. OOPS! (I think it was jet lag!) That's two missed posts in a row. Hmmm! So I adjust the schedule after my snafu, and have stayed on track -- so far. The blog and website together met a previous goal for 2017 of having an online presence that editors and agents advise is necessary in today's writing world.
As I ponder goals for 2018, I will continue to write and submit. Those are things I can control. As Annette, one of my critique friends says, "It keeps our brains active!" What I can't control is if or when an editor, publisher, or agent will say, "Yes!" My part is to keep on doing my best, and to maintain a positive attitude about all of it. And pray! And then there are my perennial goals to purge cupboards, closets, and drawers, and keep my writing space uncluttered...