Happy New Year!

As each year ends and a new one begins there’s always a feeling of  hope in the air that the coming year will be better than the last — that all the things you wish for and dream of happening will actually come into fruitation.

I’m just like many others who make lists of resolutions and dreams that they would like to achieve before the end of each year. I, too, dream.

So here are my goals for the coming year. Some are definitely attainable while others are going to take a lot of work if I want to stand a chance at seeing them realized. But if there’s anything I’ve learned over the past couple of years is that dreaming is a good thing because when you least expect it, that’s when your dream(s) come true.

1- Live a healthier lifestyle – One of my most important goals for this year is to live a healthier lifestyle. One way that I hope to achieve this is by exercising more and by eating  a healthier diet. It’s very easy to slack on exercising and turn to comfort foods (foods that aren’t the best for you) when you’re stressed or feeling down. While I won’t deprive myself of my favorite foods and will treat myself once in awhile, I’m going to make better choices and think more about the types of food I put into my body. Besides, the healthier I am, the better my chances of living a long and healthy life. And the longer I can be here for my kids.

2- Finish my NaNoWriMo novel – Back in November I participated in NaNoWriMo for the third time. As the saying goes, “third times a charm”. This year I actually met the 50,000 word goal and then some. I was very proud of myself. I didn’t finish my novel, but the word count was met and that’s what matters. There are still parts of my novel that need to be written and it still needs a whole lot of editing, but I know it has the potential of being a book that inspires others, so it’s worth all the work it needs.

3- Start and finish my first ebook – Recently I began outlining an idea for an ebook. What started out as an idea for a niche website has evolved into something more, and I’m truly excited to see what the outcome will be. I truly believe that it’s a book that will be useful to my fellow  Maine residents, so I can’t wait to finish it and set it forth in the world to see if it can make an impact.

4- Live a more frugal life – We live in a time where we want instant gratification. If we want something, we buy it. We don’t stop and ask ourselves if we really need an item. We just buy it on an impulse only to find out later that it’s not an item we love or truly need.

In addition, money is tight for most people, including myself. There are months when it’s a struggle to pay all of the bills. I hate when that happens, so I want to continue to cutdown/cutback on bills where I can.

I also want to focus on learning to coupon more. I’ve met some of the most amazing ladies who are truly couponing Queens. The amounts they save is astounding and inspiring, and I want to learn more from them.

5- Find a publisher for my children’s story – Several years ago I wrote a story about my daughter’s imaginary friend. It’s a story that our entire family looks at fondly. I think it’s important to parents to realize that imaginary friends are normal. I don’t think the story is quite what it could be, so I plan to revisit it over the coming months and perfect it. From there, the sky is the limit.

6- Be kinder to myself – I’m like most moms. I criticize myself a lot for not getting enough done each day — for not having a perfect house, a perfect house, perfect anything. If I don’t do something perfectly, I instantly degrade myself, which is wrong. Not everything in life needs to be perfect, including myself, so I need to stop the negative talks to myself, and start telling myself that I’m doing my best and it’s okay to have an imperfect life. By allowing myself to be more accepting, it’ll mean a happier and less stressed out me. And wouldn’t that be nice!

7- Finish decluttering my house – Last year I started following the FlyLady site. At first I laughed at the things she said, thinking they wouldn’t have such a profound affect on my life. But guess what? They have. I have noticed a change in the way I view housework and that is a great feeling. She has helped me to realize that anything is possible if done in babysteps, so slowly but surely I’ve been decluttering my house, getting rid of the things that I don’t need or love.

FlyLady and the rest of the site members have helped me to realize that I’m important too and that it’s okay to pamper myself everyday, whether it be taking a bubblebath or reading a book. Fiftten minutes a day is all it takes. (So thank you FlyLady and everyone else for giving me the hope and realization that I don’t need to live in CHAOS anymore.)

8- Focus on rev share articles – I’ve seen some impressive rev share amounts in recent amounts from fellow freelancers. The amounts range anywhere from a couple of hundred to thousands of dollars. Seeing those kinds of numbers is inspiring, so my goal is to write several rev share articles a week.

To achieve the most success, I’m going to focus on article topics that I love to write about and interest me, that way they don’t feel like such a chore and that I already know a lot about.

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As you can see, some of my goals will be easier to achieve than others. Some are going to require great amounts of work if I actually want to see them achieved. And that’s okay, because I love the challenge. Now wish me luck and feel free to share some of your goals and resolutions for 2011. And as you work towards each of them, keep telling yourself that you can do it. Don’t make excuses. Reach high and work hard and you’ll be amazed at what you achieve.

– Photo courtesy of sreecmcm.

22 Responses to Happy New Year!

  • Great post! I am working on many of the same goals this year. I wish you much success.

  • Acadia
    Twitter: acadia
    says:

    You are forgetting important things!

  • Jenny Beans says:

    Fantastic goals, Nikki. I know you will see them done. Your drive and commitment made 2010 an amazing year for you, and 2011 will be even more exciting. GO!

  • Nikki says:

    Thanks, Jenny. You’ve shown me that with drive and determination, I can do anything. Honestly, without your support, I wouldn’t have made it here. You helped get me started on this journey back during our time at the evil M. I’ll never forget that.

  • I have been working on de-cluttering as well. It has taken me some time to get it ingrained in my head that things just work better if it is organized.

    Happy New Year

  • Nikki says:

    I’m the same way. But once I started decluttering, I realized that it gave me peace of mind. I feel calmer when I see areas of my house that are clean and organized. It makes me feel like I can tackle anything.

  • Sounds like a great plan! I hope you’re able to get that novel finished. 🙂 I need to declutter my desk. My house is usually OK but my desk is what’s covered in stuff. 🙂

    — OfficeC 🙂

  • Nikki says:

    Hey, a familiar face!

    Thank you, OfficeC. Whether you know it or not, you’ve also helped me tremendously over the past year. You’ve shared a wealth of knowledge with all of us in the Writing Folder at WPLH. I’ve learned things from you that I didn’t know, so I’m very grateful to you for sharing. You’ve made a difference!

  • Gwynne says:

    So much to do this year!

  • Great job! I am really trying harder on the frugal one as well. Tomorrow I am trying a coupon at Walgreens that sounds like a great deal to see if it is really as easy as it sounds 🙂

  • Tomica says:

    This is a good idea, the beginning of the year is a perfect time to make a plan like this.

  • Amy says:

    I love it! It looks like I have some of the same goals! I hope we both accomplish them!

    Amy
    (wood1978)

  • Stacy says:

    Sounds like a great list – and a lot of similarities to my own goals for the year. Here’s to a successful year!

  • I can promise you that decluttering your home will open the door for amazing surprises. FlyLady is awesome, too! Remember not to be hard on yourself (I say this to myself, too)…it’s progress not perfection. Happy New Year and keep the posts coming! 🙂

  • Bailey says:

    I love the one about being kinder to yourself. We all seem to struggle with that one.

  • Daisy says:

    Good luck in your goals, I know you will be able to achieve them! I know I need to coupon more myself!

  • Nikki says:

    I owe all of my knowledge to all the ladies at WPLH. All of you have been such a help in so many areas.

  • Jill says:

    Great goals! I know you’ll beat them all before the year is over! 🙂

  • TS Mize says:

    I fully advocate utilizing SMART goals when you’re looking at your New Year’s Goals or any goals, for that matter. Those goals that you have that are “not as attainable”- consider ’em dreams you want to make real. Even if you can’t SMART ’em, still, reach for them. You never know how strong you are, until you put yourself in a position to find out. 😉
    Best of luck!

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  • Joella Shau says:

    You could certainly see your expertise in the work you write. The world hopes for even more passionate writers like you who are not afraid to say how they believe. Always follow your heart.

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