Many years ago I abandoned the practice of making New Year resolutions for the simple reason that I never followed them. I was either too lazy or overshot my goals or simply felt content to put stuff on the backburner for no rhyme or reason.
But I do like taking stock at the end of the year to evaluate how well or how poorly I did. Without further ado, here’s the 2010 report card.
Writing-related stuff that I did:
- An essay accepted for Chicken Soup for the Indian College Soul – my first such acceptance.
- An article published in Complete Wellbeing – my first in this magazine
- A limerick published in Errant Parent – my first parenting-related publication
- Garnered rejections L, R and C* for my second novel – sadly not a first as it has happened before with my first novel too.
- Read upwards of 25 books. This is an achievement because of the toddler who takes great pleasure in tearing pages from the novels I read, specifically from the end.
- Started blogging somewhat more regularly (excluding the last couple of months, of course)
Other things I did in life:
- Lost enough weight to look reasonably slim at my brother-in-law’s wedding
- Prepared lasagne for the first time in my life to a reasonable degree of success
- Delved headlong into Italian cooking – blog post forthcoming on this and the above
- Changed my job (again). I work closer to my home now and rejoice in not having to drive 45 freaking minutes one-way every day.
I am not making resolutions but there are a few things I would like to achieve this year. Let’s see how that goes!
What I intend to do in 2011:
- Attempt all the recipes in my Italian Cooking cookbook
- Complete at least one of the novels swirling in my head
- Call up a piano teacher and resume the lessons that I dropped 15 years ago
- Break into five new markets – I say this every year and last year I managed three
- Write/complete at least one short story per month.
- Work out in gym minimum 3 days a week.
How did the year go for you? Any goals you would like to share?
*Left, right and centre – yes I felt too lazy to type it out just then