So, I love this term DETERMINATIONS.
I didn’t make it up. I stole it.
Aight, I didn’t steal it, I’ve borrowed it from author Saeed Jones, who recently spoke about the practice of making yearly Determinations, as encouraged by his mother, on a podcast I enjoy called Death, Sex & Money and again on his website, where he has invited us to share our Determinations for the New Year.
I love this word because it seems so much unlike Resolutions, which I hated, I never made, and when I did make them, I didn’t keep them. They were unrealistic and lofty, not based in anything but “stuff I wanna do”. And then I would promptly forget about them until Jan 1 of the following year.
Determinations feels entirely more rooted in reality and more than wishes and hopes because they aren’t dreams. They are your PRIORITIES.
I invite you to head over to Saeed’s post HERE and add yours. Articulate why this will be a big step forward for you. If you don’t want to be all public about it, that’s okay, too. No need to be performative for people to take you seriously! Write them for yourself. And then put them somewhere visible, where you can see them, where you can use them to encourage yourself, to track your progress toward your personal priorities. Among others, here are my determinations (they’re usually made using “I will” :
- I will continue the great strides I have made to take care of myself, stay up on all of my regular well checks and stay healthy. We only get one body.
- I will finish the two books that I started, then set aside.
- I will push myself to step out of my comfort zone with regard to socializing and making friends.
- I will make regular (monthly, quarterly) appointments to spend one-on-one time with people who are important to me.
- I will continue to set aside time for myself to decompress and not feel guilty about enjoying that time, even if I use it to do nothing.
The topic of running ads and trying to get exposure for us/our books is a growing yet confusing topic. I’ve got a couple of books sitting in my kindle, a couple of podcasts on it, a couple of facebook groups GOING IN on ad revenue and ROI and buy through and….what?
So I asked my friend if she could break it on down for us and she was most delighted to do so! A few of my author pals had some specific questions to ask. If YOU have questions, pay attention to the contact info at the bottom of this post and shout us out a holla! This could possibly turn into post 1 of a few or a live chat if needed… let me know what sounds good!
I hate the word goals. And I have hated the word RESOLUTION my whole life. And it’s not just the word. Nothing puts me in a deer-in-headlights stupor than the practice of listing out things I want to do in a year. I have NO IDEA, people.
But… everyone’s doing it. And I don’t want it to seem like Im not thinking about my future, because “what I’m gonna do next” is always on my mind.
We have reached another milestone in this journey, and that is that the cover for Ruby’s is complete!
For me, without something to shoot for, I’m walking around with a blindfold. I get much less done, I don’t try hard and I don’t push myself. And if I don’t tell people about my goals, I don’t have people keeping me accountable to things I want to accomplish.
Hence this post. Let’s talk about some STUFF I want to get done in 2015 on the Reading & Writing tip.
2014 was a banner year for reading, specifically for reading eGalleys from NetGalley. My count so far is 41 books in this year’s challenge and I am reading two more as I type. I hope to top 45 this year so…woohoo! My ratio right now is just over 50%, which is FANTASTIC because it was abysmal at the start of 2014. The recommended ratio is 80% so I am going to be spending 2015 getting to that number. I’ve got some great galleys to get me there! So this is my post for 2015’s challenge! I’ve chosen the HARDCORE level, since I read a lot and 40 books was no […]
This year, I’ve been participating in a really fun reading challenge with Ariel Avalon. The NetGalley Reading Challenge was organized as a way to increase our reading, specifically of Advanced Reader Copies (or ARC) of novels that bloggers and readers receive from services like NetGalley and Edelweiss, etc. The books are furnished by the publisher. If you see a book you’d like to read before publication, you request said book. Upon approval from the publisher, you receive a review copy of the novel and are requested to read and post an unbiased, honest review before the book goes on sale. This helps to increase the hype for the upcoming novel. […]
I had a ball reading last year and looking forward to a great 2014 as well.
I totally spaced doing this yesterday! [progpress title=”Books” goal=”15″ current=”12″ previous=”0″ label=”Books”] [progpress title=”Pounds” goal=”15″ current=”3″ previous=”0″ label=”Lbs”] [progpress title=”Chapters” goal=”15″ current=”10″ previous=”0″ label=”Chapters”] Everything’s fantastic here. Good writing progress last week, especially with a couple of sprints over the weekend. “Winning” for NaNoWriMo is 50,000 words. For me that’s slightly under 50% done with the book. I’m making great progress, however I know I won’t hit the finish line on Nov 30th. Weight loss……..continues. I lose slowly so I”m okay with that. I’m entering the time of the month during which I usually lose so yay? Right. And I finished two books over the past week, so awesome. […]
Okay I’ll be honest, I haven’t been very succint in my counting for this challenge, but as of today, my numbers are current and accurate so……..there we go. UPDATEYPOO.