Elizabeth: This Year’s Word

Here we are, at the beginning of another brand new year.  Now that the holiday decorations have been put away (maybe), Auld Lang Syne has been sung, and toasts have been made, it’s time to decide what’s in store for the next 12 months.

Judging by the increased number of folks at the gym this evening, at least a few of my co-workers have made a resolution to be healthier this year.  I’ve never been a big fan of making resolutions, but I do like the idea of having a word to help guide my decisions during the course of the year.

Last year, my watchword was Joy, and my goal was to make sure that the things I was doing and the projects I was working on were things that gave me joy, rather than just things I felt like I should be doing.   In some cases I was successful, in others not so much, but despite being tripped up by real-life a time or two, I’d say the year was more of a success than not.  Not the unqualified success I’d like to have had, but still good.

This year I’m going with a watchword that is a little more focused:  Finish.

While I’m known for consistently finishing projects at work, often ahead of time, when it comes to personal life, things are a little different.  I have a tendency to make it to the 95% mark before my attention wanders and is caught by something else.  The hardwood floors in my house that have been 95% complete since I put them in several years ago are a case in point.

One among many.

To be fair, it appears to be an inherited disorder.  My dining room table is currently covered with partially completed quilt projects from my mom.

On the writing front, I have three “completed” manuscripts that are awaiting editing and clean-up before they can officially move to the “finished” pile.  They’ve been in that state for a while.  Michael & Abigail, Maddie & Sam, Cassie & Nicolai – they’ve all been stuck in the background as other, more exciting projects have moved to the forefront.

That needs to change.

So, this year is going to be all about finishing what’s been started.  I have a lovely calendar just waiting for me to plan out what will be done and when.  My intent is to take one project a month, whether it is something writing related or not, and focus on moving it from 95% to 100%.  Some projects may need more than a month, but each month I want to see something get a little closer to the 100% mark.

The flip side of this, and likely the more challenging thing for me, will be not to start another new project until the existing projects are completed.

Not very likely, right?  Maybe not, but I’m going to give it the old college try . . .  just as soon as I finish crocheting a blanket from this lovely stash of yarn I just found.

So, what’s in store for you in 2018?

5 thoughts on “Elizabeth: This Year’s Word

  1. Haha, you stole my word! FINISH is also MY word for 2018! I, like you, have a bunch of 95% (or less) finished projects around the house. Like the bar stools in my family room — 1/4 of them are re-covered. The remaining fabric is sitting in my closet. And the outdoor wall-mounted lights that we took down when we painted the house 2 years ago? They’re still in the garage (yes, I have ugly, open light mounts exposed on our upstairs patio). It would take me a half-hour to mount them, but I don’t go out on the patio often and I don’t see the ugly holes in the wall, so I don’t bother with it.

    As for writing projects, I have ONE unfinished MS that I’ve been working on for 5 years and it’s time to get it done. I will not start a new book without finishing (and submitting) this one.

    Here’s to us both achieving 100% in our lives!

  2. I’m not quite sure what my word of the year should be. I wonder if I should just take it a season at a time — or even better, every six weeks. Right now, it’s fallow. I’m building up my strength and reading again. About mid-February, the sun is finally out for a decent amount of time, and sometimes the pussy willows come out — it’s not spring yet, but you can feel spring stirring underneath everything. We have such a long, long mud season, and then finally in May, everything explodes. Cherry Blossoms! Leaves on ALL the Trees! Things to Eat from the Greenhouse! Things roll along at a good pace until mid-August when the first hint of fall comes. But fall is productive, too, and it’s not really over until Halloween is done. Then we coast back into the unproductive zone again.

    Maybe “seasonal”? It doesn’t mean that my writing productivity has to follow the agricultural calendar. But, I really enjoy writing stories that take time and weather into account. If I can write 12 seasonal stories, then I have a yearbook by December . . . .

    I really don’t know yet. To be honest, I feel like I’m still taking care of 2017; maybe I’ll restart with Chinese New Year.

    • Michaeline, I like the idea of seasonal, or at least of writing stories that have a seasonal influence. I totally understanding still feeling the pull of 2017. Hopefully by Chinese New Year things will have moved to 2018 🙂

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