By Lynn Cahoon, author of The Bull Rider’s Brother and The Bull Rider’s Manager
Happy New Year! I love this holiday over all others. Even more than Christmas.
It’s the sense of optimism that fills me. At the beginning of the year, I can do anything. I can write one, two, maybe even five, books this year. One page at a time. I’ll attend conferences, meet editors, and find an agent.
I’ll even get in shape and lose twenty pounds.
Okay, let’s not get all crazy here.
I like making goals in the different areas of my life. For me, it’s two career categories – the day job and the writer gig. Both are important and need my attention. Being a writer feeds my dreams. Working the day job fills my tummy. I also look at my relationships – husband, child, parents, and siblings. Even friends. What can I do in 2014 to make these connections stronger and more fulfilling? Then I have my personal goals — getting healthy.
As a cancer survivor, being in shape means one more year I’m not back in treatment. At least that’s the theory. Losing weight would be amazing, but being healthy is more important. Finally, there’s the intellectual goal. I swear I’m going to finish an online course this year, no matter what it takes. And read one, or more, books on writing craft.
Like the snow covered fields lying fallow until spring comes, I think I’m adding something else to my list of New Year’s resolutions. Taking time to relax and recharge. Stephen Covey of Seven Habits fame calls it refilling the well. Something I haven’t taken time to do for a while.
As a writer with a day job, I’m great at fitting in one more thing. One more blog, one more email, even one more page. I have to be efficient with my time to get everything done. A feeling I’m sure a lot of us deal with. However, there’s something to be said for slowing down enough to make sure your ladders on the right tree. Sometimes you can be doing all the right things, but for the wrong reason.
2014 will find me writing, working, and relaxing. I’m taking one day a week to read or watch movies or spend time with my hubby, no guilt attached even I didn’t meet all my goals that week.
What are you doing (or not doing) in 2014?
Lynn Cahoon is a contemporary romance author with a love of hot, sexy men, real and imagined. Her alpha heroes range from rogue witch hunters to modern cowboys. And her heroines all have one thing in common, their strong need for independence. Or at least that’s what they think they want. She hangs out at her website or on Facebook.