Although it’s the 2nd January 2013 and it’s a rather damp and grey morning compared to the beautiful sunshine we had yesterday, for me today actually feels like the true beginning of 2013. I love Christmas, all the festivities, the Christmas tree, decorations, the over-indulgence of good food and spending time with my family but in some ways I’m quite glad it’s all over and I can get back to work, not to mention eating a little healthier.
When I say work I mean writing work – articles, blog posts, my novels. I did work at my other job at NHS Direct on Christmas Eve evening and New Year’s Day (which probably explains why I feel like celebrating the start of the New Year today) but it’s writing where my heart is and what I want to fully concentrate on this year. With NHS Direct disbanding and the new 111 service taking over there’s a chance that I could be made redundant later in the year. Maybe that’s the push I need to go full time as a freelance writer. It’s a scary but exciting prospect.
So, I woke up this morning feeling motivated about getting on with writing and building on what I achieved with my writing and blogs during 2012. There’s a lot I want to do this year. I’ve not made New Year’s resolutions as such but I am going to set myself these goals:
- Self-publish my novel, The Butterfly Storm
- Launch Ketula’s Kitchen, a new blog all about food
- Finish editing my children’s novel, Time Shifters, and decide what to do with it – self-publish or try and get an agent.
- Regularly update my own blogs and make time to read other people’s
- Find more freelance writing markets with the aim to be able to support myself solely as a writer by the end of the year.
Those are my aims and hopefully with hard work and perseverance they will be achievable. If only I could bottle the optimism, motivation and excitement I’m feeling about the year ahead as I’m writing this.
What are you hoping to achieve in 2013?