Friday, January 11, 2013

New year, New you, New beginnings (reflection week)

At the beginning of every year, I sometimes think of how I want it to go. I do the same thing in September. Two points where I regroup and wonder. I know my long term goals, those remain unchanged, but what about now. How do I tackle the year with my life and where do I want to be at the end of it?

I mean, really, how can we create expectations that are out of our control? I know I can be repetitive with my topics and embarrass myself on a daily basis. I can be awkward and quiet or social and friendly. I like to please and hate it when people talk about me behind my back. Most of the time, I'm probably walking contradiction. Trust me, I'm not easy to be around.

The thing is--I'm thankful everyday. I'm thankful for my family and friends and my life. Especially those who put up with me. So this year, I will continue to look at things differently, challenge, and inspire. I will push myself and help others. I will keep an open mind and not let little things get under my skin.

I've already had some small changes happen and I'm thrilled to look ahead and let the past be the past.

Looking at the world with new eyes, trying something new, challenge yourself, meet someone new and treasure the ones you love--all of these add up to new beginnings, which can lead to a new you.

Obviously, this week has been about reflection.

So, what are you looking forward to this year?

Any goals?

Have a great day!


  1. You have such a sweet outlook on life. That is a huge hurdle to get over. Good for you. It's important to concentrate on the positives, yet I sometimes falter now. Health issues for my family struck the last three months of 2012, when I was supposed to be writing the sequel to MB--which my agent currently has getting ready to sub. Sighs...My outlook now is to get busy writing that book, work on my MG story just because I like it, and finish up two PBs.

  2. Look at it with fresh eyes - like a child!
    For me this year is all about decisions. And surviving one more book release.

  3. Hi Christine,
    Ahhh. The new year. It really does bring out the reflective in the collective. Thanks for sharing your insights on the matter. It is refreshing to read a post written with feeling and reflection. Despite my resistance to being a lemming, I too couldn't help but make a resolution, around one particular deifinition of the word itself.
    Resolution: the act of analyzing a complex notion into simpler ones.
    Thought I might be able to pull it off--
    If you want to read more, here's the link.

  4. I'm working on not letting the little things get to me--they're just not worth it! I hope you have a fabulous 2013, Christine!

  5. I love your outlook, Christine. It's going to be a great year for you.

    I'm working really hard to adjust my attitude and get rid of anxiety. It's going alright so far. And I'm looking forward to querying, and our Philly Blog Hop - which I can't believe I just said.

  6. Happy New Year, Christine!

    If you figure out how to keep those little things from getting to you, PLEASE let me know! :)

    Have a great year!

  7. One of my goals this year....continue to put up with Christine! *ducks the swing at my head*


  8. This year, I need to work on being braver about going to new places, especially by myself, talking to new people, and being as frank and assertive in my communications with people in the publishing industry as I am when I communicate with people in my teaching profession.

  9. I'm looking forward to making my wip all shiny. Then my first round of queries. Excitement/disappointment ahead! LOL.

  10. I'm looking forward to challenging myself this year by submitting to more writing competitions.

  11. What a great regrouping and reflection time. I know these things will happen for you. That is the best part of a new year, feeling refreshed.

    Yikes, my goals? I suppose to help my husband find a local job, because I miss him terribly. Next to that, I want to save up money for an editor. I also want to some how manage to juggle not just both my regular jobs, but all my side writing projects (including my blog) on top of that :) Whew, fresh eyes right?

    Looking forward to staying in touch in the new year.

  12. Wonderful reflection and goals! I have some specific goals, but in general, I want to be a healthier, more thankful, and more encouraging person.

    Best of wishes in 2013!

  13. Love your reflections and goals.

    I have a bunch of goals for this year. One is finishing my WIPs and finding the right editor for my projects.