Monday, January 2, 2012
I've never been much for New Year's Resolutions, despite my goal-oriented nature. In fact, I have never put that much emphasis on New Years, in general. Sometimes I don't even stay awake til midnight. What can I say? One year in California we decided to party with the East Coasters at 9pm, watch the ball drop and head to bed. Its just not my thing.
Instead, I usually set professional goals for myself in the fall (its probably the former teacher in me). This past September I launched this blog and embarked on my 10 month war against dabbling.
I also set personal goals for myself on my birthday each year. This past year I created a list of 37 Things To Do When 37. I am proud to say that I have accomplished many of them...but still have 4 months to try and complete them all. We shall see. If not, come April 17th I will be transferring some of them on to my 38 Things To Do When 38 list. :)
But this New Year is different. 2012. Whoah.
Well, first, I am going to be running the ING NYC Marathon on November 4th. This will be my very first marathon. The longest I have run is the NYC Half Marathon (13.1 miles) in March 2011. This is huge! And I am focusing on this goal from this day until November 4th. So, 2012 to me means building running endurance, taking lots of boot camps to strengthen and slim down my entire body, and overal mentally preparing. I have always said I wanted to run the NYC Marathon before I turned 40...so November 4, 2012...Bring It!
Secondly, I have enrolled to participate in Julie Hedlund's 12 x 12 in '12 challenge. What does this mean? It means that I will be working to write 12 Picture Book Manuscripts in the 12 months of 2012...one per month.
There are monthly prizes for participants, guest posts from those in the picture book industry and a great community of fellow particpants in the Facebook group Julia has set up for the challenge. You can also follow the #12x12in2012 hashtag on Twitter.
So....yes, 2012 looks to be a busy one. I look forward to sitting at my favorite pub on December 31, 2012 and raising a glass to accomplishments! I might be raising that glass at 6pm before passing out from exhaustion...but midnight or no midnight, this girl is getting it done in 2012.
Now I have some work to do...excuse me. :)
What goals have you set for yourself this year? I'd love to hear all about them. And if you are a Picture Book writer, please consider joining 12 x 12 in '12. :)