Thursday, December 29, 2016

New Year's Resolutions - 2017 (Laurie)

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas! Last year, one of my very first posts on Lands Uncharted focused on New Year's resolutions, and I thought it would be fun to revisit the topic for 2017. Every New Year I'm shocked that another year is already over, but it's a perfect time to both reflect back and turn a new page for a fresh start.

Looking back at my goals for 2016, my performance was about 50/50. The good news is I did complete my manuscript in time for the contest and conference opportunities I was looking forward to. Yay! The bad news is, after a promising start in which I was jogging on our treadmill several times a week, my resolution to exercise more kind of bit the dust. Oops... :(

For 2017, my primary resolution is to continue to figure out the right balance of writing, author promotion-type activities, reading, family time, and keeping the house relatively in order. After typing that all out, it's no wonder I'm struggling to balance it all!

I also want to put more of a focus on my faith in the coming year. Writing a book with a spiritual theme has been an incredible experience, but I feel I can only continue to grow in my faith and deepen the spiritual threads of future stories by delving deeper. As part of that resolution, I want to incorporate some spiritual reading into my routine, starting with these lovely books I received as Christmas presents.

And maybe I'll try to exercise more again this year, too - you never know, one of these years it might actually happen!

Now it's your turn! How successful were your 2016 New Year's resolutions? What would you like to do differently in 2017?

Thanks for reading!

P.S. Lands Uncharted has some exciting plans for the New Year as well...check back tomorrow to find out more!

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