Tuesday, January 1, 2019

The Year of Take It or Leave It

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Happy New Year! I hope your 2019 is off to a great start. I love New Year's Day, and I love making resolutions. Usually I break them, but, hey, at least I try to effect positive change in my life. One of my 2019 resolutions is to blog more often. But I've realized that to blog regularly, I have to have a reason more compelling than whatever happens to be on my mind at the time. Without at least a little bit of structure, it's way too easy for me to put it off. Case in point, I haven't posted here since the end of October, in preparation for NaNoWriMo. (I survived NaNo, by the way, and came away with 50,010 words of a rough but workable first draft.)

So my brilliant idea for this year is a self-imposed game/idiotic challenge I'm calling Take It or Leave It. (I don't know if this is an original idea. Probably not--some eleven-year-old Pinstagram influencer probably beat me to it--but I'm too lazy to Google it and confirm one way or another. And yes, I know Pinstagram isn't a real thing.) Every week, I will add something to my life or take something away. After seven days, I will report back about my experience and whether I'm going to take it or leave it for the long term.

As usual, I am coming into this sort of ill-prepared and sideways, but sometimes that's half the fun. (This may or may not be one of those times.) Anyway, if all goes as planned, I will make some good new habits this year, break (or at least chip away at) some bad ones, and try some new stuff. Oh, and I'll also throw in a few writing-related posts, as well.

That's it for now, but I'll be back on January 9 with my first week's report. Stay tuned!


  1. Congratulations on the great NaNoWriMo success. I skipped it this year because I'm working on revisions and won't start a new project until February.

    I like your approach to 2019. Good luck meeting your goals. I'm trying the Depth Year idea where I buy nothing new but focus on paring down what I already have (from yarn to notebooks), paying attention to neglected hobbies and projects, and reading as many books from my TBR book stash as possible. I'm squeezing more de-cluttering in there too.

  2. Thank you, Pat! I love the depth year idea and hope it goes well for you. I certainly have plenty to pare down, too. And that TBR stack gets taller by the day. Good luck with your new project! February is right around the corner...