The New Year is coming! The New Year is coming! Will you hop, skip, stroll or stumble toward the finish line for 2015? Whether you are hopeful, thoughtful, gleeful or glass half-full, perhaps you’ve pondered how to prepare for 2016. Chill champagne? Eat grapes? Swap pigs? Walk your suitcase in a circle? OK – those last three suggestions can be found here on the Scholastic Parent & Child website.
Many of us may write resolutions, although I tend to write very few worth sharing. But in the spirit of full disclosure and unvarnished authenticity, here are some of the resolutions that I am making for 2016:
- On February 17, 2016 at 4:52 PM I will eat a piece of cheese.
- On June 22, 2016 I will wear a blue shirt.
- On September 9, 2016 I will jump on the trampoline at 5:38 PM.
Now you may not be overly impressed, but those resolutions are SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-bound) and I know that I have a high probability of success. Sure, I could become lactose-intolerant, making February’s goal more challenging. Or if the trampoline blows away in a microburst, I’ll have to visit SkyZone come September. But no matter what happens, those resolutions will keep me honest about making plans and promises.
That honesty comes into play with my long list of writing goals for 2016 ranging from the very broad to minutely specific. I plan to tackle those with the same determination and positivity. If your resolutions also include goals around writing and/or publishing books, don’t miss this terrific post from Miranda Paul at the Children’s Book Academy. Miranda created a checklist of 100 ideas to help you along your writing journey. I’ll bet you get a feeling of accomplishment by crossing off things you have already done!
However you choose to observe, embrace or celebrate the coming year, I wish you all the best. Thank you for reading along!