Stepping into the Wide Open Space of a New Year

Harley 9Here’s a photo of our puppy Harley’s second Christmas. She’s 1.5 years old now, so she’s still chewing and eating anything she can get her teeth on. Because of that, we elected to trim the tree with only lights this year. No ornaments at all which seemed sad at the time…but I have to confess, I really like not having to put all the tree ornaments away. 😉 Silver linings! Now that I’ve packed away the decorations from the holidays, it’s time for me to get ready for 2016.

Yes, I’m one of those people. I know there are many people who don’t like making New Year’s resolutions, but I like using the promise of a new year to examine the year behind me and set goals for the year ahead. There’s just something about the blank slate of a new year–like a wide open space just waiting to explore. I’ve got work, fitness and travel goals. I’ll sit down tomorrow and come up with specific goals for myself, but the nonspecific list looks like this:

Work: At a minimum, I plan to write two books and two novellas in the next year.

Fitness: I have fitness goals! My goal is to get back to working out regularly throughout the whole year, and not in spurts the way I did this last year. Get my fitness level back up. Here’s the question I ask myself…am I fit enough to survive a zombie apocalypse? Not. Yet. But that’s the plan. So there will be cardio, of course, and some weights, plus maybe dip my toes into a bit of yoga.

Travel: I’d like to do small day trips to see more of NC. Visit some small towns, farmer’s markets, crafters, music festivals, and hike in some of the state parks.

Are you setting any goals for the new year? I wish you a Happy and Healthy New Year!