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Resolutions

So my resos for 2011 were:

• a regular exercise routine to help with weight maintenance. I reached my weight goal in 2010 and wanted to keep it up. I did fine with maintenance until after my June 2011 vacation to Mexico and Peru. After that, I had an extra three pounds I just couldn't shake, exercise plan or not. I fear now, with the holidays, that may amount to four or five pounds over goal.

So I am going to look into Weight Watchers online tools to give me a little extra structure for getting back to goal. I have what is more or less an exercise "plan" in place, and I'll stick to that for now.

use all my available vacation time at work to avoid burn-out. I did take every day I was entitled to this year, but most of that was bunched into June, November, and December instead of spread out. Not that that would necessarily have helped much. If there's too much work, there's too much work. And I have voiced that to my bosses on several occasions now.

I suppose what bothers me the most is work tires me out and I write less when I'm tired. I think employers get used to you giving 110% and start to expect it. So maybe if you give only 100%, you can retrain their expectations. All I know is I can't let work steal time and energy from my writing next year.

• I didn't get the bedroom ceiling done. Mostly what I did in the house this year was replace some horrid light fixtures, freshen the trim, and redecorate the front foyer. Right now, I am going through a serious off-again phase with home decor. My focus since before NaNo started is writing.

I'm seriously tempted to hire an interior decorator to just "finish off" a few things. Think it's possible to find someone who can do one of those budget HGTV-style touch-ups?

• I did polish my old novel and prep it for self-publishing, but didn't get that completely finished and out into the world. Finding the time for everything involved was the biggest hurdle. I need to complete that in the new year.

The one thing that seems to work for me when I need to get things done is to find another person to keep me accountable. The person doesn't need to do much, except be there to "report into" at regular intervals. That's why I had a writing coach in the past, and did well on Weight Watchers until I stopped going to weekly meetings. And that's how I got eight chapters of my new novel finished this year, by sending them to the Sculptor as soon as I had a polished first draft.

I want to keep up the momentum I gained on my new story as well in the new year.

Dating: the one thing I managed to accomplish in my relationship this year was introduce the Sculptor to my family. I had my reasons for putting it off, most of that just because I'd delayed it so long I was embarrassed by how long I'd delayed it. But after Deborah's mother died in April, leaving her an orphaned only child whose closest remaining family members live across the country, I knew I needed to either fold her into my own family or admit the relationship wasn't that serious to me.

I brought her to Thanksgiving dinner, and that was that. She had an instant Christmas invitation. My family has taken her in with barely a shrug. So now that will be part of the shape of the new year.

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masqthephlsphr
Dec. 28th, 2011 09:12 pm (UTC)
I think they were relieved I was involved with someone!
anomster
Dec. 29th, 2011 04:48 am (UTC)
I'm so glad to hear how well introducing Deborah to your family went! I didn't realize she had so little family left, & I'm sure the good reception she got with yours helped.

Also, your icon in the comment above is both very appropriate & a bit disturbing. @>)
masqthephlsphr
Dec. 29th, 2011 01:47 pm (UTC)
Disturbing how?
anomster
Dec. 29th, 2011 11:24 pm (UTC)
Well, because of who the characters are, w/the being evil & all. Family, yes, but not the kind you'd want to have! Unless it's a reference to your "First Evil" persona....
masqthephlsphr
Dec. 29th, 2011 11:29 pm (UTC)
Oh, you mean Darla and Drusilla. Yeah, I was looking for an icon in my collection with two women and though I have a number to choose from, that one tickled me for some reason.
anomster
Dec. 29th, 2011 11:50 pm (UTC)
On the other hand, I have no idea who that is in the icon just above, or what the book is, or what it means...'splainy?
masqthephlsphr
Dec. 30th, 2011 12:01 am (UTC)
That is the Harry Potter character, Luna Lovegood, an off-beat, outspoken, and good-hearted witch.
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