Sunday, December 30, 2007

Looking Forward

Always suffering from a little post-holiday depression, I'm usually pretty ambivalent this time of year. I know that I won't keep my resolutions, so I don't make any. It seems to take forever to put all the decorations away, and I'm tired of cooking, sweets and alcohol, so I just want to have a pizza and a Coke every night.

But this year is different. I feel optimistic and ready for the new year to get going. I actually have some resolutions, simple and attainable ones (I hope), but resolutions none the less. First and foremost, I want to learn stuff this year. I feel stagnant and bored. I want to read more, and maybe take a class at the community college--something challenging but fun. (I've already started the reading resolution with The Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill. It's a great ghost story that I'm having trouble putting down.) I also want to learn how to knit socks (guess what everyone will be getting for Christmas). And I'm going to knit my first sweater, which I promise not to inflict on anyone because I'm guessing it will be pretty hideous. But I'm signing up for a class so that I can struggle with others.

Speaking of others, I'm going to try not to be such a loner. I do a lot of things by myself, and sometimes that's OK, but I don't think it's always good for me. So, when someone calls and asks if I want to do something, I'm going to say yes instead of saying no and giving some lame excuse. I don't mean I'm going to chair any committees, just simple stuff like going to the movies or going to lunch.

I also want to make some small trips, weekend trips around the area, and a trip back home. My grandmother's 90th birthday is this year, and that's a party I do not want to miss. I'd also like to go on another weekend knitting retreat and learn a new technique, buy some unique yarn, and just sit around with others and knit and talk. I'd also like to go and explore at least one place that we would be interested in retiring to, if we could actually agree on where that might be.

I'm going to be more active this year. Not just the gym, which I will be hitting bright and early on Wednesday morning, but I want to get outside more. I want to do some hiking and take the dog out to the state parks and walk the trails, and I'd like to go camping.

One last resolution and probably the hardest one: I want to go out of my comfort zone. For me, that means working on that novel I started with NaNoWriMo and those short stories that are sitting in a dusty folder in my computer or as notes in my writing journal. I want to submit at least one thing for possible publication. I don't even care if it's accepted, just sending it out is a major accomplishment. OK, so I care a little, but actually sending something out is HUGE. I'm also going to do some housecleaning, like finishing up the stories about the trip to Scotland on my travel blog and adding the links to the Italy and South Dakota write-ups. And my friend R and I have talked about setting up a knitting blog, so that I won't bore you guys with the intricacies and joy of mastering the heel turn of a sock.

I'm not sure where that leaves this blog. I want to continue with the WWC, always a blast, but I'm not sure how much I'll be posting. This is a great little procrastination tool. But I've tried to take a break before and just got antsy to get back to it, so I think I'll just take it as it comes. Did I mention I'm also going to try not to stress out about stuff this year, too. But I say that every year.

So, what are you're big plans for 2008? Whatever they are, I hope they result in a happy and healthy new year.


R.E.H. said...

Good luck with your resolutions, and hope 2008 will be a fantastic year for you.

I've got my resolutions up today too.

Happy New Year!

Jay said...

Hey, those are all like actual, reasonable resolutions. I hadn't thought of doing something like that. LOL

Getting out more is always a good plan. I keep saying I'm going to do that more too. And I guess I did last year since I went to most all the little festivals around. Except Turkey Trot.

Oh and when you go to the state parks and stuff like that with Cosette don't forget to take your cell phone, a walking stick, some pepper spray and I really would be more comfortable if you had a gun. ;-)

Peggy said...

Happy New Year Kell! I hope you and your little family have a nice 2008!

fiwa said...

Those are great resolutions, and they all sound very attainable. Good luck with your writing.

PS - I LOVED Heart Shaped Box. Did you know he is Steven King's son?

Happy New Year!

Sparkling Red said...

It makes so much sense to talk about taking change in small steps. It's less stressful that way. I wish you courage in keeping your resolutions.

And Happy 2008!

Neil said...

Read and write more... that's my resolution also... together with the coke and pizza thing.

Happy New Year Kell!

N x

katy said...

Happy New Year
great resolutions Kell and i say go for them all you can do it x
ps except the not blogging bit:(

Newt said...

Happy New Year to you, the hubby, and Cosette. Those resolutions sound like really good ones. But I agree with Katy, you can't give up the blogging bit. You're too wonderful a blogger/writer. I need my dose of Kell.

susan said...

No not blogging.

Other than that you have some very reasonable goals. So, when are you going to post the first short story?

Chelle Y. said...

Those are great goals, Kell! I wish you all the luck in the world! If you read any good books, pass the idea on to me because I want to read more too!