My birthday is at the end of August, and I've long noticed that I feel more energized come September. I think it's the cooler days and nights, or possibly the "back to school" conditioning. For whatever reason, though, I really do feel like I'm "coming back to life" after the dog days of summer. So I've decided that instead of making resolutions during the dead, dark winter, I'm going to make mine at this time of year instead. Here are my resolutions for the next year of my life:
1. I'm going to guard my time more -- and not just my writing time. I got caught up in too many family dramas last year, and only after the fact did I appreciate how that added to my stress. I'm going to just have to step back from some of it. If I can. Fingers crossed.
2. I'm going to try to read more novels. I read a lot, but I think I should read more novels.
3. I'm going to try to lose some weight. I'm one of those folks who could eat anything and never gain an ounce, but alas, you get to a certain age, and your body says, "No more!" So...to the rowing machine! Do you have a name, 41?
4. I'm going to huddle less in my writing cave. I haven't been to a conference or convention for a few years. Yes, I have internet friends who are truly a life line, but I'm thinking a little face-to-face time with writers and readers is due.
Those are the biggies. I may not be able to do them all (family dramas are often unavoidable), but at least I have some ideas on ways to make the new year a little less stressful and more enjoyable. And it sure beats trying to make changes when it's freezing cold, the trees are bare and I've eaten far too many Christmas goodies.