2014 New Year’s Resolutions

I’m a couple weeks late doing this post, but I know, you’re just dying to find out how I did with my 2013 resolutions and what I hope to accomplish this year, right? (Don’t answer that.)

2013 was a really big year for me, especially from a writing perspective (I attended two conferences, met several of my writing idols, finished and revised Cadence, started creative writing classes at college, was published in a couple lit mags, won NaNoWriMo for the sixth time in a row, won the children’s/YA category of the 82nd Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition, and more). I also got to travel a lot and meet some of my non-writing idols and make some amazing new friends.

I don’t know how 2014 could ever live up to 2013, but it’s doing a pretty good job of it so far. So here’s to the New Year.

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How I Did with My 2013 Resolutions

1. Do something selfless at least once a week. While it wasn’t always a big act, I did try to always at least do something small for other people in my week, without expecting anything in return, so I’d call this one accomplished.

2. Pass all of my classes (especialmente Españolo), and with a 3.0 or higher. Accomplished with flying colors! Between the last two semesters, I’ve only gotten a grade below some sort of A once, in genetics, which was a B. Kind of ridiculously proud of myself for this, since I’ve been taking so many gen ed classes. And, I mean, I PASSED SPANISH WHOA. I got an A- this last semester of it, and I could happy dance over that sort of grade. 

3. Make new friends (but keep the old—one is silver and the other gold). Accomplished! I’m glad to say I managed to both meet new friends and keep up with the ones I already had going into 2013, although I still didn’t get to see most of them as much as I’d have liked. (Love you guys!)

4. Write a novel. Kind of, sort of halfway accomplished. While I did A TON of writing in 2013, I didn’t manage to complete an entire novel at any point during the year (unless you count This is a Book). I’ve never in my life written an entire novel in one year–even with the novel I only spent four months on the first draft of, the New Year fell in the middle of it–so this remains a goal to accomplish someday. 

5. Participate in FAWM (February Album Writing Month). Yeah no. This didn’t happen. Turns out February I was busy revising instead. 

6. Blog at least twice a week. Not quite, although I think blogging every day in November made up for some of the weeks I missed doing two posts during. (I did, however, post at least ONCE a week the entire year, so yay for that?)

7. Start querying Dreamcatcher. While I didn’t end up querying Dreamcatcher, I did query another novel, so I’m still going to call this one accomplished.

8. Save $365 to give to charity. All I’m going to say here is that I’m a terrible human being.

9. Go to church at least once a month. Same goes for this one. It’s not even that I haven’t WANTED to go to church, it’s that it keeps slipping my mind. (Which really isn’t a proper excuse, but it’s true.)

10. Get a heck of a lot of planning done for Ch1Con 2014. Didn’t get nearly as much done in 2013 as I had hoped, but this is all such a learning experience–primarily, learning how to do Big Life Decision stuff as a team with other people, rather than having control over it on my own–that I’m still proud of myself for how much we did get done. And now it’s a race through the next couple months as my business partner and I try to get everything ready in time for the conference.

11. Learn how to do a Proper British Dialect (#11 is subject to change). #11 didn’t change, although I also didn’t accomplish it. If anything, my abilities to do accents slipped even further. 

12. Get my driver’s license (<–Don’t laugh at me. I’ve never had need for it before, but now I do.) Oh, oops. Forgot to do that one again.

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2014 Resolutions

1. Finish writing a novel. Going into 2013, I was already nearly done with the first draft of Cadence, so it didn’t really make sense to do this resolution. However, this year I’m in the middle of The End Where I Begin, along with having a couple side projects started, so I’m hoping to really focus and get at least one of those done this year.

2. Be able to run a mile. This is one of those don’t-laugh-at-me ones, but I haven’t been able to run a mile probably since middle school. This past summer I got to the point where I could do half a mile at a jog without entirely murdering myself, but I feel like being about to run a mile’s probably a good ability to have. (Plus, I might just reward myself with some cuter running shoes than the ones I’ve been toting around since the eighth grade, if I manage to do this.)

3. Read fifty books. I’m going to count full manuscripts I’m critiquing with this one, because I spend a lot of time reading those, along with school books, but I was really inspired by my friend Hero’s 40 Books Challenge. I didn’t read nearly as many books as I should have last semester (only about seven non-school ones for the entire thing), and it kind of sucked. So my goal is to read fifty books throughout the course of this year. I’m five books in so far, but that number’s going to drop off real quick once school gets into full-swing, so let’s see how this goes.

4. Stop watching as many television shows. When we first got Netflix at the end of the summer, I kind of thought it was just a joke, how addicted everyone said you could get to it. Then I began watching How I Met Your Mother, and Once Upon A Time, and Doctor Who for ten hours a day, and I realized that the Netflix addiction is a very real, and very baaad thing. So I’m now trying to break that, because no matter how intense a cliffhanger is or how much I want to figure out a plot twist, real life is more important. Unfortunately.

5. Learn how to play the ukelele. I’ve been wanting to get a uke for years now, but I hope this is the year I finally just splurge and buy one and learn how to play it.

6. If I don’t study abroad this summer, GET MY FREAKING DRIVER’S LICENSE. My reasoning here is that if I’m not in Europe for the majority of the summer, I really have no excuse not to get my butt behind the wheel and finally just get the parallel parking and highway driving down so I can take the stupid test without failing right off the bat. Driving makes me really nervous–I’m terrified of hurting someone–but it’s also a necessary part of living in the suburbs, which at least for now is where I live. (But if I do study abroad, then I’ll be out of the country for most of the time I’d be using the license anyway, so while it would be nice to get it still, it wouldn’t be as necessary.) (Oh goodness. I’m basically punishing myself extra for if I don’t get accepted to a study abroad program. Whyyy.)

7. Do something selfless each week. I think this was a really good goal to have last year.

8. Make new friends. How ever cliche it is, this one too.

9. Sell stuff on ebay. You more than likely don’t know this, but I have boxes of old clothes I’ve been meaning to sell on ebay for the better part of a year now, just stacked up all sad-like in the corner of my room. When I’m home after this semester’s over, one of my top priorities is going to need to be finally putting it all up for sale so it’ll finally stop staring at me with those sad, sad metaphorical eyes.

10. Do more outdoorsy activities. Even if they’re actually indoors, I’m thinking things like ice skating and going on walks and swimming and visiting parks and all that need to happen more often in my life.

11. Clean my room. This is a monumental task we’re talking here, people.

12. Pass all my classes with at least a 3.0. This is such a given, but it’s also important. While I’d prefer doing better than a 3.0, it’s definitely the minimum I require of myself. This next year is likely going to be my most difficult academically, so fingers crossed I survive it all.

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And there you have it, the 2014 New Year’s Resolutions post that you know you were absolutely dying to read.

Do you make New Year’s Resolutions? What are some of yours?

Happy 2014!

~Julia

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9 thoughts on “2014 New Year’s Resolutions

  1. So…If you’re in Europe while I’m in Europe (the month of July *cough) WE SHOULD TOTALLY DO STUFF TOGETHER FRIEND!!!! OHMERGERSH!!!!!! JDKJIJIEJKDJIDHJKSADURIS JFOIEHKDJOIED JDSKJ ….just sayin’.

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  2. over all you had a great year 2013 but 2014 should be amazing too just keep the ball rolling. i just got my license so don’t feel bad i have the same problem when driving about hurting others/getting hurt. i am into netflix but addicted to candy crush but currently not trying to kick the habit. tell me (or the whole blog) when you actally put stuff on ebay i would love to own something that used to be yours. good luck on your new years resolutions,

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