I am more than ready for a new year, because I have big plans, groundbreaking (for me) ideas, and lots of cool things I want to do. First and foremost, I am going to lose some serious weight, and I'm putting it out here for all to see because I mean what I say. My sister lost every single extra pound she was carrying around last year; and I have decided if she can do it, I can do it. And I intend to do whatever it takes to get there, including exercise. Yes my friends, I mean business!
I am also going to update and optimize my poetry website in 2014. I may even give it an entirely new look, though I am pretty attached to the old one so that remains to be seen. Mainly, I want to make sure that the site is everything a search engine would like it to be. Susan Noyes Anderson Poems does get fairly good traffic, but I have a feeling my lack of knowledge has been holding it back from being the kind of resource I want to provide. It makes me happy to see my poems used non-commercially, and I'd like to see even more of that happening this year.
Another thing I look forward to is actually putting together and submitting the Christmas book I keep putting off for one reason or another. Over the years, I have written a sizable collection of Christmas stories, poems and songs, and the time has come to put it all together and see where it goes. I need a creatively challenging project, and this fits the bill perfectly.
I also want to be more conscious of increasing my spirituality and not just expecting that to take care of itself, because I find that it doesn't! As busy as I'm going to be, I will need to set aside specific time for prayer, scripture study, and quiet contemplation. It's time to stop phoning it in, and I know the benefits because I have reaped them in years past. I want to make being in tune a priority in 2014.
Let me close by saying that I don't consider these things to be goals, because they are more than that for me. They are plans, firmly set, and I am going to execute them. Why? Because I want to! I'm even excited about the process.
So wish me well, my friends….just as I wish you well in the year to come. 2014 has a good feel to it, and I am going to do everything within my power to keep it that way!