It’s that time of year again. New Year’s Resolution time.
I don’t make them anymore. I always break them and then I feel like a failure, then I grab a spoon and a pint of ice cream and drown my disappointment in myself in extra calories that I have no intent of burning off. It’s a vicious cycle.
So instead of making resolutions, that are binary–complete or not; succeed or fail; yes or no–I’ve opted to approach it a bit differently this year. I still want to better myself but instead I’m making a list of habits I’d like to work on that each address a slightly different aspect of my life. Habits don’t change overnight. One slip up isn’t going to derail me. Because 2019 is going to be awesome.
I’m going to approach this year without a defeatist mentality. We all know 2018 sucked, and in reality, 2019 likely won’t be much better. But at least my attitude about it can be better. I’ve got lots of travel set up for this year and some really fun projects that I can’t wait to share with you. I’m *not* an optimist by nature, and it’s hard to get me to be optimistic, but I’m going to do my best. (Which really doesn’t help when I listen to Fall Out Boy all the time. Maybe I need to update my playlist.)
At dinner tonight my family heard my grand plans for what I wanted to work on this year and I got, “Why now?” and “Who are you?”
Why now? Why not now?
Who am I? Same old person I always have been, just with a desire to make changes.
So here are the things I want to work on this year:
- Health: I want to cook at home more. I’ll be giving up bread (for health reasons, not because I’m jumping on a low-carb bandwagon), eating more vegetables and fruits, and just generally putting better quality food in my body. I know for a fact I feel so much better when I do that–but sometimes the ease of the drive-thru is more appealing than feeling better. We will be using Hello Fresh boxes to help us here, and I love these. We get to try new things, and best of all my daughter is excited to eat dinner at home and I’m excited to make it. (I know this sounds like I’m paid by the Hello Fresh people, but I’m not. I just really like the product.) If anyone wants to give them a shot, I’ve got a referral code to save money on your first box. Then be sure to follow me on Instagram for food porn shots of my dinners. lol
- Environment: I’ve been lax in the “reduce my carbon footprint” thing. Again, ease of survival has been the name of the game. So I’m going to make it a point to start using reusable produce bags and reusable shopping bags when I go shopping. I’ve also ordered a metal straw for the kid and I so we don’t use plastic ones when we go out. It’s not a whole lot, but every little bit helps. I’m also going to use reusable water bottles and if I wind up with a plastic water bottle, I intend to refill it several times as opposed to buying new ones.
- Addiction: I’m addicted to my smartphone. Whereas I doubt I’ll curb my texting habit (because, let’s face it, I’m antisocial and don’t like talking on the phone), I can control how often I play games or check social media. So I’ll be curbing that use as well, so I can be more present in my life–in my daughter’s life. (I even entered a contest to go without a smartphone for year and whereas I’m likely not going to win that chance, I figured I’d use it as an inspiration to better myself.)
This is probably the most exciting part! I did not have a single book release in 2018. It felt weird. Because I’m almost always pushing something, so I floundered a bit. At the same time, it gave me some much needed time away from the business as well.
I have a new book coming out this summer called All the Wrong Places, which is a romantic comedy set in Australia. I’ve worked on this piece since 2014 in one variation or another. I’m happy to finally have it in a place that a publisher wanted to take a chance on it. And also, this book is going to have the most epic cover, so definitely keep an eye out for cover reveal.
I’m currently working on a novella (that may creep into sort novel territory before too long) that I hope you guys will like. I’ll be going with a new publisher for this one and I’m excited because this publisher is all about publishing stories that are a little left-of-center, and if you’ve been hanging around for any length of time, that’s how I have always operated.
I might even have a few more surprises up my sleeve as the year progresses. I will be doing four signings through the year, which is more than I’ve ever done before, so there’s that as well.
I have a ton of projects I want to write but I don’t have the time to write them all at once. But as much as I would love to work on a sequel to All the Wrong Places, which will happen eventually, I think my next full-length piece will be a new paranormal romance, because, quite frankly, I miss writing PNR. It won’t be angels, not this time. But I promise it will be fun.
So there’s my plan for 2019. I hope it works out as perfectly as it is in my head, but we all know that’s not going to happen.
I hope you all have a fantastic new year’s and make sure to follow me on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram for the latest in my world. I’m also going to try to blog more… if anybody has any topics you’d like me to blog about, leave them in the comments and I’ll see what I can do. Also, if you have any ideas for flash fiction you want to see, hit me up. I’m always up for a challenge.