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This time of year is when I share my resolutions publicly so I have more impetus to finish them. I usually complete about 80% of them. Last year I finished 40% because 2011 as a whole was a long difficult year. I lost a lot. It's hard for me to look back and find the positives, but they were there mixed up with the negatives. They're harder to find because they hid in the little things. Like, Brody was healthy. Or, my friends were kind.

2012's list is compiled of things I can do tomorrow, things I can do in months to come, and things that will span the entire 12 months. Typically, I make twelve resolutions -- one for each month -- and here they are in no specific order:

  1. Do something that scares me once a month (but that isn't life-threatening to me or others)
  2. Detail and fix car
  3. Be Healthier in mind, body, and spirit
  4. Write
    • Submit more short stories
    • Work on that horror novel
    • Write query / synopsis for U. Start that scary process (can count as #1 too!)
    • Self-publish collection with or without illustrations

  5. Get a professional pedicure more than once a year
  6. Purchase an eReader
  7. Catalogue music, movies, and books
    • Sell, trade, or give away all the doubles / extras

  8. Move blog from LJ to Blogger (in Sep when paid acct expires)
  9. Write Thank Yous
  10. Curb dining-out from every day to once a month (which is a sneaky way of me saying I still need to learn how to cook)
  11. Learn a new skill (2010 = guitar, 2011 = crochet). Thinking this one should be in tech
  12. Go somewhere I've never been before.

2012: I want to make an impact and do something that matters. That's not on the list, but more than anything, I want to get busy living so I have no time for dying.

I forgot to mention that I'm getting rid of my internet @home starting tomorrow. I have high hopes this means I'll be more productive without the distraction it brings.


( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 3rd, 2012 12:04 am (UTC)
Please share the blog move. I rarely hear from you, but life without you is like a pool ball with a big chip in it. <3
Jan. 6th, 2012 04:58 am (UTC)
Aww :( It won't happen for many many moons. Are you on Twitter? I'm much more prolific there. @annemariewrites.
Jan. 3rd, 2012 06:10 am (UTC)
I Heart You
I am so excited for your resolutions! I can't wait to take you camping.... and for pedicures. I know one of the highlights from 2011 for me was meeting you!
Jan. 6th, 2012 05:06 am (UTC)
Re: I Heart You
I don't recall putting camping on my list? :p Mmm, pedicures. I know this great place in Thornton!

You're so smooshy. Ha.
Jan. 5th, 2012 03:36 am (UTC)
I always love your resolutions lists. They inspire me. ♥ Hopefully I'll use that inspiration for something this year! ;)

Um, this one worries me a bit though: Move blog from LJ to Blogger... I totally understand, due to what you use your blog for. But I'm just wondering --

- You'll make sure to link us to your new digs when it happens, right? Because I don't want to lose track of you!

- Can you comment over at Blogger without an account?

- Are you still going to check in at LJ at all after you move, for people still here, or no? Meaning in-box messages, etc.

Just curious...

(Sorry for being all silly/rambling about this! I've been in a weird, stressed out mood today.)
Jan. 6th, 2012 05:30 am (UTC)
You have twelve months to do anything you can think of! Well, maybe not building a rocket and flying into space, but almost anything. This is the time to be shiny and start putting things into motion. YOU CAN DO IT!

I'm not sure if I'm going to blogger or wordpress. I'll keep you updated, for sure. It won't happen until late in the year. Yes, you can comment over there. You sign in with your gmail acct or your LJ acct. I think you can sign in with Twitter too, but not 100% sure. I don't think I'll ever close down this journal. I might mirror entries from here forward. Who knows. Lots of time to think about it. :D

Don't be stressed. It's a bright new year. Leave the stress in the past where it belongs!
Jan. 8th, 2012 02:47 am (UTC)

I love your attitude and I am going to do my best to start thinking like that myself. :)
Jan. 23rd, 2012 05:11 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday dear Anne-Marie-who-makes-me-laugh,
Happy birthday to you!

May today be filled with cake and laughter
and the coming year full of dreams come true...
Jan. 25th, 2012 04:08 am (UTC)
You're so sweet. Thank you!!
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