Resolutions 2013–How’d I Do?

All right, year’s up. Let’s see how I’m doing on those pesky resolutions?

My (Official) Resolutions for 2013:

1. Start learning a martial art

Sad to report I did not manage to do this. Money was an issue, but mostly, I have to admit, it was me being a little scared to pull the trigger and just try. Verdict: NO PROGRESS. :(

2. Visit a foreign country

I didn’t manage it after all. 😦 But, honestly, I applied the money and vacation time I would have used to do a foreign trip to attend Viable Paradise. So I don’t really feel bad that I didn’t get out of the country because I DID attend an awesome writer’s workshop and meet great new people. So…Verdict: No  Progress. (But I don’t feel bad)

3. I will complete one large writing project and one small writing project

DONE! DONE! DONE! I finished finished my new 100K word RomCom novel on July 15th, I finished the first draft of my first ever screenplay on November 3rd, AND, as a bonus, I also finished three short stories this year.  Verdict: COMPLETE! (And I actually kicked this goal’s ASS!)

4. Figure out What’s Next? as far as my day job goes.

No change since July: I’d sort of almost decided I was going to give up and just get my MBA, but then I realized that if I do that I will basically be giving up my writing career for the whole time I’m in school and…I’m not going to do that. BUT I did get a promotion at work this year. I think I know what path I am on there. My ultimate goal is really to quit and write full time. If that hasn’t come to fruition I will reevaluate where I’m at in the day job in a few years. Verdict:  COMPLETE

5. Weight/Exercise

Sigh. This is top of my list for 2014. Verdict: NO PROGRESS

***Ok, those were the big goals. Now for my Officially Not Official Goals which, actually, have been doing much better…***

My (Non-Official) Resolutions for 2013:

1. Take horseback riding lessons

No money for this as yet and not really much time. I don’t feel too bad reporting Verdict: No Progress

2. Organize my bookshelves

This is where I kicked ASS. I actually went on a little nesting binge in my apartment–triggered by who knows what–and I decorated, hung my art, got the last of my unpacked boxes unpacked, and *gasp* organized the book shelf. (And I have photographic proof! Proof I tell you!)…(Yes these books are all shelved two deep. I live in a studio apartment, space is at a premium).

2013-02-01 18.11.16Can I just take a moment to say how much I enjoy Shakespeare’s Complete Works shelved Cheek by Jowl with the Star Wars mangas?

Verdict: COMPLETE! Done, bitches, done! *happy dance*

3. Finish my half-completed fantasy novel

After Viable Paradise I’m still deciding what I want to do with this project. For now it is very much on the backburner. Verdict: Complete (in the sense that I have formally decided to trunk it for the foreseeable future)

4. Sleep like a normal person

I pretty much accomplished this. I slip on the weekends a bit, but I haven’t had to go to work on only two hours of sleep in awhile. So I would say that’s a good sign. 🙂 Verdict: GOOD Progress. Now if I could just get my cat to stop waking me up at 4am…

5. See more of my friends/Socialize more

I’ve been doing a pretty good job seeing all the people I really care about seeing: my sister, my BFF, my mom. I made a bunch of new friends in my screenwriting class and at Viable Paradise. I even managed to see my oldest friend in DC this year. The only thing I think I need to work on is to get back out on the dating scene. Verdict: I did pretty good


When I first wrote these resolutions I said, “And I really, sincerely hope that when I come back and look at these on Dec. 31, 2013 I don’t have to blow a big fat raspberry of failure at myself.” And, even though I didn’t accomplish everything,I will say that on the whole I think I did pretty good in 2013. I think I’ve got a good handle on my writing. I know what I want to work on next. I traveled. I had adventures. I socialized. I challenged myself. I thought about my future. The only thing that I’m still flailing about is my weight and health.

And nobody’s perfect anyway right? ;P

Stay tuned for tomorrow and my 2014 Resolutions!

*cue dramatic music*