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This year, I resolve to be cliche

January 1, 2014

Happy New Year! I am still here, despite the rigor mortis that had apparently set in to this blog. 2013 was one hell of a wild ride for me. Thank God it’s over. As I enter 2014, I’m going to be a bit cliche with the whole resolution thing so I can get on the right track to make this a year to remember rather than a year to forget. Here I go.

1) Be a writer. In 2013, I was not much of a writer. I wrote nothing. Well, I finished nothing and my word count for the year was atrociously anemic. Heck, I wasn’t even posting here. Well that stops. I have a number of projects I need to finish up and a number I am itching to begin. They will happen. I intend to start with the Codex Weekend Warrior contest, which launches the weekend of the 10th. I’m hoping that will get my writer juices flowing enough to get back on the horse and write regularly again.

2) Lose weight. (I told you this was going to be cliche.) I’m a large-framed guy, but things have gotten out of hand and my health is starting to really suffer from it. So it’s time to make a change. A lot of changes. Be more active, eat less crap, get more sleep, drink more water. I did it 7 years ago; I can do it again.

3) Get organized. I am a tornado. My disorganization makes almost every aspect of my life more difficult. Life is difficult enough without that. I’m going to do my best to put the urgency of the moment aside so I can do things right. By that I mean, when there is a paper in my hand when I change tasks, put that paper in a file rather than dropping it on the desk and swelling up the next task, which will in turn be dumped on the desk in favor of the next task, and on and on. A few seconds attention to detail is usually all I need, but I’m bad at it. To me, this is the equivalent of resolving to be 3 inches taller — my nature may simply make it impossible. But I intend to try.

4) Read. I haven’t read much of anything this past year. I don’t like that.

For is good, especially when two of them are really lifestyle changes and the other two demand time restructuring. All this on top of my full time high school teaching job, my part time college teaching job, being a single dad, building on my relationship with my wonderful girlfriend, and the million other little things that constitute a life.

Wish me luck.

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