New Year’s Resolutions

I know I’m about a week late, but honestly – I was in no position to be posting anything a week ago. lol.

I don’t usually make resolutions because I’m the world’s biggest procrastinator and unfinisher of things already started. Case in point – Baylie’s baby quilt. When my friend, Beth, was pregnant with her second child I started making a quilt for the baby. It was a simple Trip Around the World pattern and I wrapped up a small section I had already completed and gave it to Beth at her baby shower. After the shower I took it back so I could finish the quilt. Baylie is 9. The quilt top has been finished for a few years. I have yet to put the backing on and complete the project.

That may be an extreme example, but it’s an example nonetheless. And the reason I don’t usually make resolutions. I find they’re just a setup for failure.

This year is different, though. There are two things – big things – I want to accomplish this year. And to accomplish these things will require a degree of discipline I haven’t seen in ages. Makes me wish I was my sister-in-law Rachel. She’s the most organized and disciplined person I’ve ever known. I really wish she lived nearby if for no other reason than to pass on these characteristics by osmosis. Okay. I wish she lived nearby for other, more frivolous reasons, but I’ll save those reasons for another, more mushy type post.

1 – I want to get a better hold of our finances. Not that they’re in a bad way or anything. They’re not. I would just like to finesse our budget a little and watch the money a little closer. What worked for us when we lived in Arkansas doesn’t necessarily work for us here in Pennsylvania. The cost of living is different and we have to be a little more careful than we used to be.

2 – I’m going to finish writing my book. Now that I’ve had reconstruction I’m pretty much at the end of my story. And it shouldn’t be hard to write. Most of it has already been written in either emails or diaries or posts. It’s more a matter of organizing the data and polishing it into a coherent, cohesive narrative. What I need to do is set aside a certain amount of time each day to concentrate and work on the MS. No blogging, no email, no message boards, no TV, no reading, no anything.

Now that I’ve publicly declared my intentions I’m hoping I’ll feel compelled to stick with these resolutions. I guess this was my way of making myself accountable. Though I have very little pride and this sort of thing hasn’t worked in the past. lol


  1. Anonymous on January 7, 2007 at 6:36 pm

    Don’t forget to add to the list in front of no email, no TV, no reading, etc… no cooking, no dusting, no mopping, etc. etc.. That will make it look much more accomplishable. 🙂

  2. Devonna on January 8, 2007 at 12:13 am

    Good luck with the resolutions, Jen!

  3. Bookwormom on January 8, 2007 at 10:45 am

    LOL ;)Well, get cracking, Missy. I for one would definitely buy your book. I love your ‘voice.’

  4. Jenster on January 8, 2007 at 11:00 am

    Anonymous – I think you’re right. Of course, I can’t do any of that for the next 6 weeks or so anyway so maybe that will help me get into a good habit. lolDevonna – Thanks!Amanda – I’ll be sure to let you know as soon as I’m published. lol

  5. Kris on January 8, 2007 at 5:43 pm

    I am glad that you are geeling a little better. Good luck with your resolutions!! Now get off the internet and go type 😉

  6. katherine on January 10, 2007 at 11:14 am

    Hi jenster – dancewriter here from the RT forum…you’re an inspiration to so many — by best wishes to you as you pursue your goals. No doubt you’ll accopmlish each one!katherine

  7. CindyS on January 11, 2007 at 10:15 am

    For some reason I thought your surgery wasn’t until the 12th of January. So sorry to be here late. I’m just glad to hear that everything went as planned and yeah, the mole would have been surprising!I don’t do resolutions but those 2 sound very important. The good news is when you want to procrastinate about finances you can write and when you want to procrastinate about writing you can do math. Okay, I’m way too lazy and would be watching TV but I wish you the best ;)CindyS

  8. Jenster on January 11, 2007 at 12:17 pm

    Kris – YES, MA’AM! lolKatherine – Nice to see you here. Thanks for coming to visit and I hope you stop by again. :o)Cindy – No worries and thanks for the well wishes. And I like your logic! I don’t usually do resolutions, either. And quite honestly, I haven’t done such a good job of it yet. I’m blaming my recuperation, even though there’s not much I can do BUT play on the computer.

  9. Dylan aka Rowena on January 11, 2007 at 7:43 pm

    Good luck sweetie on your resolutions. Getting my finances in order is one of mine too.Wow you’re writing a book? How cool is that, good luck on that sweets!

  10. Jenster on January 11, 2007 at 9:14 pm

    Thanks! While it’s true I’m writing a book about my past 20 months, I’m not sure if it will ever be published. But at least my family will have a record of everything we went through. And hey! If I manage to get it published – even better!

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