What is it about the turning of the year that makes us want to reassess our lives? To pledge to do better or to, at least, not make the same mistakes we did last year?
I’ve never been a fan of new year’s resolutions, but I do like the idea of making plans. This year I invested in Susie May Warren’s Brilliant Writing Planner and I’ve spent part of my holiday time off watching the accompanying videos and . . . well . . . making plans.
A big part of that is simply the stuff I know I need to do:
- Finish this round of edits for When Silence Sings,
- Tighten the synopsis for the book after that one,
- Write my blog posts each week,
- Teach at/attend a conference or two,
- Do some marketing around my next release in November . . .
But the planner is challenging me to think bigger than all the “usual” stuff. I’m also pondering:
- What are my writing-related dreams?
- What goals do I want to focus on?
- How does writing fit into the rest of my life?
- What’s my daily inspiration?
- What habits would I like to make more ingrained?
I love how the planner isn’t just about writing. It focuses on my goals, dreams, and ambitions across the board. I can include my day job, growing my faith, health-related habits, and so on.
Having spent just a little time hashing out where I want to go in 2019, I think I understand why this resolution/turning-over-a-new-leaf/taking stock thing is so appealing. It focuses on hope. This process assumes I can do better, accomplish more, grow and evolve.
And hope is the very best fuel for the spirit.
Romans 15:13 – May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
What are you hoping for in 2019?