Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Surging Ahead without Resolution(s)

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Happy New Year!

For some reason, I like even years better than odd ones. Which is strange, because my age is odd in even years (in other words, I'm 43 in 2014, and I don't like the number 43). But I write the year a lot more than I write my age, so we'll go with 2014 is going to be a great year. :)

Not that it's starting off any differently than last year. I stayed up until 1:45 a.m. working, and jumped right in today. I had a client website to proof, another client to invoice, new spreadsheets to create for the new year, accounting to log, giveaways to finalize and prep to ship, other promotional stuff to organize... There is NO time to reflect on 2013.

My inbox has 21 e-mails awaiting my attention. I hate that.

If you're supposed to start the new year in the way you want it to unfold, I'm screwed. :)

Seriously, though, I do have to make some changes. Or maybe not change so much as succeed better. I don't make new year's resolutions, because I believe if we need to do something, we should do it no matter when it is. That said, December really kicks my (and everyone else's) ass. There's stress and unhealthy food and no time to exercise. I'm not on deadline, so I haven't written in forever. All of those things need to be started, and coincidentally, they'll be starting in January.

IF I can balance things better. I had more freelance work in December than in the entire previous year. Which is great, but difficult. I need to be more efficient about addressing it and dealing with the millions of little things that suck up my time. And I MUST write. I have three projects I need to get ready for submission, people keep asking me about Hart and Soul, and just for my own sanity, pleasure, and fulfillment, it needs to be a bigger priority.

But balance means rest and fun stuff, too. So as soon as I post this blog (and do that invoice thing...oh, and use that coupon that expires today), I'm taking the rest of the day off. Popcorn and a movie sound pretty good for the afternoon, no? :) Then some reading and maybe TV, and after that I'll get a good night's sleep and get up bright and early (but not 5:00 a.m.) to hit the to-do list.

How do you approach the flip to a new year?


Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Happy New Year. Very strange but my New Year's post was about finding balance too. Now I'm going to work on my jigsaw puzzle.

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

Probably not so strange. It's the challenge of our times. LOL

Good luck with the puzzle! Perfect antidote. Peaceful, neuron-building, and fulfilling. :)