If there was any one piece of advice that I wish we/everyone took to heart it would be this: to live life intentionally.
What this means to me is that we live our values. This influences the sort of work we do, how we are with our families and friends, and how we treat ourselves and pursue our interests. Don’t get it twisted. This doesn’t mean striving for an external yardstick of perfection. My house is a wreck (laundry piled on the dining table, bits of Christmas paper liter the living room rug) and that doesn’t make the top five on my list of priorities. What living intentionally means to me is that we consider what’s important to us and work for it.
While not a New Years resolution exactly, my personal goal for 2020 will be to make 52 writing submissions for publication in 12 months. To be clear: the goal isn’t to be accepted. It could be that I’ll get 52 rejections and learn that much more about the submission process, hopefully figuring out some things along the way.
This isn’t brand new (thus not being a “resolution” exactly) as I’ve been writing regularly and recording the submission process in a spiral-bound notebook. That simple notebook has been an amazing tool to keep track and note when submissions were made to specific publications, how long responses took and what the feedback was.
I invite you to do this with me. 52 in 12 could be anything. It could be 52 creative works, 52 blog posts, 52 long walks. For me, 52 creative works is too broad. I need narrower goals that give me more structure. Leave me a comment to let me know you’ll participate and how. Let’s be a community that encourages and celebrates our progress on goals.