Monday, January 5, 2015

Bring on 2015!



With the many twists and turns life threw at my family and me, 2014 was definitely a roller coaster ride. My husband and his boys soccer team made it to their tenth consecutive regional final. My daughter got her permit. My son hit double digits. I started querying again. The World Cup happened. Which resulted in lots of soccer watching and time with friends. We invested (not by choice) in a new washer, dryer, and lawnmower. We got to visit with a lot of family, spending QT in the Delmarva and Florida. I revised one story and drafted another. And yanked out the gear shift in my truck. Lots of ups and downs. Some not so good times, but also lots of amazing times. I’ll take it. J
And now it’s 2015—which is kind of a big milestone year for me: my daughter turns 16, I turn 45, and my husband and I will celebrate 20 years of marriage. I’m not a big one for setting New Year’s resolutions, but, before Christmas, I did post a few goals for 2015 as part of the YA Buccaneers 12 Days of Books challenge so I thought I’d share them here too. Ya know—give me something to focus on before I hit the big 45 (ugh). And so here they are—things I’d like to accomplish this year (in no particular order)… 

GOALS FOR 2015

1) Finish revising the current WiP

2) Take a kid-free vacation with the husband

3) Organize pictures from forever ago

4) Try to be more selfless. And kinder than necessary.

5) Watch a live Eagles game—so if they’re losing, I can’t throw things at my television

6) Exercise 30-45 minutes a day, at least five days a week

7) Write a brand new story

8) Get a new tat

9) Spend more QT with the fam

10) Take a few risks (broad, much? J); do or learn to do something I’ve never done before

11) Read at least five books a month

12) Live more in the moment

13) Try to be more patient—with publishing, with others, with myself 

And with that last one, I’ve chosen

 


as my focus word for 2015

and because I’m completely shameless, some accompanying quotes
 
 
and, of course...
 

Considering I’m the least patient person I know, THIS will be a challenge. J Hopefully, I can report lots of success with my focus word and goals at the end of this year!

How about you? What are your goals for 2015? Any milestones? And do you have a word you’d like to make your year’s focus?

16 comments:

  1. Get a new tat -- yes! Love your your 2015 focus word. Patience is something I could probably work on as well. Best of luck with it, and your goals. Especially your writing goals because Selfish Katy wants to read another Alison Book!

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    1. I heart you. Hopefully I'll have something in your hands SOON. :)

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    2. OMG LET'S ALL GET TATS AT THE RETREAT.

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  2. Great goals, Alison! I see a few there I should aim for too. Patience is a constant struggle for me, so a big thumbs up on your word choice for the year. Happy 2015!

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    1. The struggle is SO real with the whole patience thing, but I felt it was a good choice. And thank you! Hope your new year is off to a great start!

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  3. I'm all for kid free vacations, they're good for the soul! Love the rest of your goals as well :)

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    1. We haven't had one in a while so we are definitely planning on one! Thank you! And have a great start to the new year!

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  4. 1) Yes, and send to me! [insert grabby hands here]
    8) What's your first of?
    10) Skydiving!!
    13) Can you define this? I've don't understand what your focus word means.

    Here's to an awesome 2015!

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    1. My fear of heights might prevent me from sky diving, but the desire is there. And I have four tattoos and they are addicting. I haven't gotten one in a while so it's about time for another. Also, I heart you. I'll hopefully have something in your grabby hands soon. :)

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  5. Love #10. I always tell myself I'm going to take more risks, but I never do. Maybe I'll push myself this year :) Happy 2015 to you!

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    1. Yes! Take some risks! And I hope you are having a lovely start to your year!

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  6. Patience is a great focus word! And I can definitely get down with doing something new and taking risks. The most exciting stuff happens outside of your comfort zone. My words this year are diligence, peace, and courage.

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    1. Those are great words to focus on! And yes - so true about the comfort zone thing. Happy New Year!

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  7. I need to organize pictures like whoa. So I'm with you on #3. I have a goal of one house project every month and that will definitely be one of them. Or two. Or three.

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    1. Same. I haven't put any of Aidan into an album and he's 10. Must get on that!

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