New Year’s resolution: write more

Every year I’m foolish enough to make New Year’s resolutions—ten, to be exact. Naturally, most of my resolutions are too ambitious (e.g., “Return to wedding weight”) and inevitably get carried over to the following year. And the year after that. They keep getting bumped until I can cross them off once and for all.

My system may seem ludicrous, but to me resolutions aren’t just about goals; they are a snapshot of my headspace in any given year. They tell me what I have prioritized over the years, what I have felt was necessary in order to feel fulfilled. Looking back over time, I can see patterns; there are certain ideals I aspire to year after year but find difficult to achieve.

For several years I have included the resolution to “write more.” Every year I’ve made an honest attempt. While I was pregnant, I journaled almost daily. But after I had my baby, I was too tired to keep it up. Gone were the days of sitting in a café and scribbling my thoughts. So I started a journal app, thinking that the ease of use and daily reminders would prompt me to write more. Well, they didn’t. The fact is, a journal doesn’t hold me to account. And it certainly doesn’t care if my writing stinks.

So I’ve decided to start this blog. I don’t expect it to bring fame or fortune—only the impetus to write more and write better. I considered niche blogging, but I do that for work and have been for years. I’m itching to express my point of view about whatever inspires me, and I don’t care to limit myself. As a writer and editor, I will mainly focus on the craft of working with words. But I am also an artist, a birder, a cyclist, a foodie, an environmentalist, and a mother—so you can expect those facets of my life to be reflected here.

If there is anything I’ve learned from New Year’s resolutions, it is to go easier on myself. I have a full-time job, a freelance business, and a thirteen-month-old—so the most I can commit to is one post a week. In order to meet this goal, I’m going to make a point of writing for at least fifteen minutes a day. Getting started is half the battle; once I sit down to do it, fifteen minutes suddenly becomes an hour. As Stephen King said, “The scariest moment is always just before you start. After that, things can only get better.”

It’s one week after New Year’s, and I’ve built a website and published my first post. I think I’m off to a good start! But I need you, reader, to help me keep it up. Please subscribe to my blog, hold me to account, and let me know what you think. And if you stick with me, maybe next year I’ll share all ten resolutions.

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