This year has been a good one for me. I celebrated my third Christmas with my husband and on the home front am the happiest I've ever been. I have (now) 5 wonderful children/step-children, 2 dogs, a fish, and just recently added 2 birds. I saw my first novel, Crossing Oceans, go on to hit multiple bestseller's lists as well as win a Carol Award, and a RWA's Inspirational Reader's Choice, and final in ECPA's Gold Medallion Award and Christian Retail's Retailer's Choice Award.
I also released my sophomore novel, Dry as Rain, somehow surviving the toughest editorial challenges (I hope) of my career. Sophomore novel behind me, I went on to write book 3. It was the easiest one so far to write and I'm hoping it might be my best so far.
I turn it in tonight before the clock hits midnight.
I, along with the team, completely revamped Novel Journey, turning us into Novel Rocket and launched a new faith-based website www.inspireafire.com.
I also became a full time writer, giving up my night job as a hospital floor nurse. This luxury might not last forever, but it's a blessing today!
It was a very full year. In fact, I didn't realize just how full until I sat down to write this post. Wow. No wonder I'm so tired!
Not all my goals or resolutions were met though. I thought I'd go back through years past and see what some of my old ones were... and yours.
Every year I resolve to lose those last ten pounds, which are now twenty, and get in shape. Guess I'll be adding that to the pile of goals again this year.
I thought it might be fun to go back old New Year's posts and dig up some of your old resolutions, and since we apparently haven't done this in years, I had to go waaay back, years back, to remind you of how far you've come or goals you may have forgotten. Here's a few:
"Get to know Him more...now that's a resolution that I plan to keep!"
2008 Our own Marcia Laycock resolved to: throw off the guilt, replacing it with a healthier mentality and to write that novel and that article.
2009 Jessica Dotta resolved to change her definition of success. To become a better writer, one less focused on book sales and more about writing to the best of her abilities.
2007 Janet Rubin admitted that having a book published was a dream of hers and that reading more books was a resolution.
2008 Kaye Dacus: In 2006, my goal was to sign on with one of the top agents--and at the end of the year (well, first week of Jan. '07, actually), I signed with Chip MacGregor.
In 2007, my goal was to have a publishing contract by the end of the year. I received my contract from Barbour for my first novel on December 7, 2007.
So, In 2008, I've set career/networking goals such as creating and implementing a marketing plan for my book release, judging in the ACFW Genesis contest, applying to teach at the ACFW conference as well as the grad school program of which I'm an alumna. But I've also set writing goals such as completing the revisions on my sold ms early, finishing the sequel and submitting it by a certain (early) date, as well as getting my historical trilogy sold by the end of the year.
2008 Jennifer Griffith:
Health Goal--to regain the fitness that I lost due to a knee injury/surgery and take it to a higher level
Writing Goal--to focus on revisions of my completed manuscript and complete the "story" part of another manuscript
Spiritually--to allow God to fill in my gaps and to trust Him more.
2008 Kelly Klepfer said, "I'm going to finish a proposal I keep kicking around and sub it before February 15th."
So, folks, don't be bashful, tell us how you're doing and share your goals and resolutions so we can haunt you with them in years to come.