Out with the old and in with the new!


I’ve never been very good with new year’s resolutions. Mostly I resolve to do something – usually something crazy, change-the-world-in-two-months-style – and then I fail, and get discouraged, and stop trying, and when the next new year rolls around, I make the same resolution again, with the same result.

That’s why, this year, I won’t.

Instead, my key word – or words – for 2014 will be “back to basics.” In everything I do, those words will be my guide. And as a result, I’m hoping my life will turn out a little better, and I’ll turn out a little better, too.

More specifically, instead of vowing to lose 20 lbs by Valentine’s Day, I vow to be more concerned with my health than my weight in 2014, to eat more good things and less bad things, and to find some kind of enjoyable activity I can do (note: I’m not calling it exercise) so I’ll move and have fun at the same time.

And I vow to be more concerned with the stories I tell than the books I sell, so I don’t fret over sales or money, but focus on writing the best book I can, every time, in whatever amount of time it takes to do it. And hopefully the sales will follow!

And to go along with both of the above, I vow to spend more time enjoying the things I do, than worrying about the time it takes me to do them. In order to be healthier, I’ll have to move more and spend more time cooking, which means less time in front of the computer cranking out words, so if I only manage to write three books in 2014, I vow not to feel bad about that.

And maybe this year, I can actually get through the resolution without failing!

Happy New Year! May 2014 be your best year ever!

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