Staying Positive πŸŽ‰

I’m taking a cue from Revolutionary Musings and calling my plans for 2019 “goals,” not “resolutions.” When I think about the word resolution, it makes me feel I’ve done something wrong and need to improve. There’s the constant worry and pressure that I’ll fail ~ and isn’t that what so many people say? They’ve failed to keep their resolutions. Or they don’t even make any because they know they’ll fail. I want to be more upbeat this year. β˜€οΈ

Goals are positive. Even if we don’t reach them completely we can say we’ve made progress, and progress is good. Last year, I wrote/finished two new poetry books and they’re up for sale now on Amazon, and I completed the NaNoWriMo 50K word challenge. I’m proud of myself! πŸ˜€ Did I complete all my 2018 goals? No. But I don’t feel like a failure. I’ve made progress and will continue to do so.

For 2019, I want to finish my novel Ghosted. A novel is harder than poetry or a book of short stories, since when working full-time it takes an immense amount of focus day after day crammed into bits of free space. If I break my concentration for a couple weeks to “have a life,” it’s difficult to get that focus back. But this is the plan and I anticipate finishing my novel by the end of the year.

I also want to exercise more, which is a thing I say every year, and each year I feel worse and do less, but that doesn’t mean I should abandon the goal. This past year I was not very active at all and though I can’t do a lot, I can do a little, and I want to do that little bit. Realistically, there will be days I can do nothing but slog through from morning to night and congratulate myself for simply existing with chronic pain, but every day isn’t like that, TG. Those better days are days I can exercise.

Forex today. I planned to take a long (for me) walk to start the year off nicely. But I awoke with a migraine ~ not from booze, lol. I don’t drink alcohol. But I stayed up very late and it’s crazy windy too, both of which are triggers. Anyway, I’ve taken meds and later will exercise to a video instead of going outdoors. This is just how it is ~ I have to accept it and work within the parameters instead of giving up. πŸ‘ŠπŸ»

Regarding blogging. It brings me great joy, both writing and interacting with people who love to write. Those last three words are key though. I’ve culled some blogs from my list recently that weren’t much about the joy of writing and only about getting us to click links. No thx.

But there’s more. I like participating in the prompts; however, I don’t understand why some of them require so much kooky hoop-jumping. Linking back to the prompt post should be enough. I have created a few new tags for my faves, okay. But I’m not going to click frogs or create more tags or follow a pile of arbitrary rules just to bring more readers to the prompt host. In the end, it’s the host who gets the clicks, let’s remember this. βœ…

My goal for 2019 is to get more reading and writing joy out of every minute I spend immersed in the world of words, so things that contribute to this goal have a solid place in that world… and things that don’t or that gobble up more time than they’re worth, do not. πŸ‘ŽπŸ»

Going along with this goal is reading less news. Most of the “news” isn’t really news ~ it’s tabloid type crap and a waste of my time, more of an addiction really. He said/she said, insults, rehashing, garbage about celebs and the royals, blah. It’s only going to get worse with the 2020 election coming up. πŸ‘Ώ I don’t need to read every scrap of nasty gossip and all the hot takes on what someone else said and who is banned from where. It’s simply tiresome.

I may begin doing some photos again, with a catch ~ they’ll be new photos. No more spending gobs of time trawling through old albums taking photos of photos. Bleh! If I happen to catch a shot of something that goes with one of the City Sonnet themes, cool. This aligns with my goal of having fun blogging and interacting with bloggers, but not wasting time doing boring, obsessive stuffs.

Onto forming happier, more productive traditions!

27 responses to “Staying Positive πŸŽ‰

  1. A great positive post. Great goals. Happy new year. πŸŽ†

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  2. All your goals are spot on and so very similar to my own…I love the part about getting lost in the “world of words”; I can spend days holed up in my home reading and writing. What a perfect World that would be.

    Getting more exercise is a definite goal for me. Maybe more of that will make my cellulite go away.πŸ˜‚

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  3. Lovely advice, I hope to stay positive…its a challenge at times :)…Happy New Year Paula.

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  4. Happy New Year, Paula! Sending lots of positive vibes your way.

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  5. Hoping 2019 will be a good and positive year for us all.

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  6. We’ll expect a comprehensivenprogress report in two hours.

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  7. These goals seem achievable and I am with you! πŸ‘

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  8. These look great and really chime with some of the things I want to achieve this year.

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  9. I don’t like the word “goal”. Too corporatey. I am the proud owner of no goals (except for that one of not wanting to get reincarnated). But I like the “solution” part of “resolution”. I have no resolve, but I like problem solving.

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  10. I like the idea of “more reading and writing joy” it fits well with my word for the new year posted yesterday.

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  11. You have some really good ideas here. I’m with you on cutting down on some of the challenges. They’re fun, but take up so much time. Also, scrolling through tons of photos and albums only to find I’ve posted them too many times already. Good luck to you for all you’ve set forth, and I’ll see how it goes with me, too.

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  12. I especially like the part about reading less news. I had to remind myself today to read less news, and it freed up time to catch up with your blog! Reading your blog is a lot more fun than reading news.

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