The 3 Parts of a New Year’s Resolution that’s Not Going to Die

Mountains of laundry. Piles of dust. Lumps of toys. Jumbles of books.

No matter how you put it, my house is a mess.

Home from Christmas. Suitcases exploding everywhere. Joy abounds.

Home from Christmas. Suitcases exploding everywhere. Joy abounds.

Going into the New Year I am tempted to make a New Year’s Resolution I can’t keep, like: Clean Up EVERY DAY. Or: Be Organized. Or: Follow a Strict Cleaning Schedule.

But I know myself too well. I know what I can do. I know what I won’t do.

And I know what I don’t want to do.

What I don’t want to do: spend an entire year chasing after the elusive clean house found in Real Simple magazines and Pottery Barn catalogues.

When it comes down to it, though it seems like a good idea to resolve to have a clean home, at the end of the year if I haven’t kept the resolution I’m not going to care. Besides, having such an ambiguous goal as “clean” or ” organized” is not attainable. When will the house be clean? When the children have stopped dragging in dirt? When the dog learns to pick up after herself? Sounds like perpetual frustration for me.

Which means my resolution would be just one more resolution to die by January 3rd.

If I’m going to make a resolution, it’s going to be one I care about. It’s going to be one that’s possible. And it’s going to be one that I can measure. On December 31, 2015, I can look back and say, “See? I kept it. I liked it. And look what’s different because of it.”

With that said: my resolution for 2015 is to Write at least 500 words every weekday of this year.  

Boom.

It took me the majority of 2014 to embrace myself as a writer. To acknowledge I love it. To believe I can do it. And to actually refine some goals and dreams. I went to my first writing conference, participated in a blogging challenge, and gained a few followers on my blog here and there. Offline, I also wrote my first book proposal, received valuable feedback, and have an accountability partner to move forward with the book.

I want to write. I want writing to be in my future professionally. And in order for that to happen, I need to learn to be disciplined.

So there it is: Write at least 500 words every weekday of this  year. Online or off, it doesn’t matter. It just needs to be done.

What’s a resolution you will make that you care about, is possible and that you can measure for 2015?

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Dare I say it? … (I am a writer)…

5minutefridayEvery Friday, Lisa-Jo Baker and writers across the web join Five Minute Friday for five minutes of writing on the word of her choice. There are no major edits, no second guesses, just five minutes to write. I join to grow as a writer. Here is this week’s Five Minute Friday.

This week, Lisa-Jo chose the word writer. Writer. The one word that has my heart racing, my palms sweating, my mind stirring and my fears rising.

Writer.

Am I a writer?

I desire to be a writer. I try to be a writer. I work at being a writer. Could I really truly be identified as a writer? Is it crazy to consider trying my hand at writing… as a profession?

<gasp!> I said it. I want it. I desire it. Since I was ten and my fourth grade teacher Mrs. McHugh encouraged my dreams of writing as I haphazardly wrote short stories loosely based on favorite novels and I worried about plagiarism without even knowing that was a word… I have longed to be a writer.

But I am afraid.

I am afraid of failure. Of speaking my dreams – of taking a small step (or several grand ones) towards writing and developing my skill – only to see myself fall short in some way.

Yet, everywhere I have turned for the past four months, God has spoken to me that it is time.

It is time to embrace the gifts He has given me and to develop them. To draw people towards Him through authentic stories, honest reflections, and strong teaching of His word by way of my words.

It is time to give way to the ideas and passions stirring in me towards that book idea I’ve had for FIVE YEARS. It is beating against the door of my heart to get out. I must let it out. I must give it the time it needs to become what it is.

It is time to take the time to become the writer that is inside of me. To cut things out that don’t fit this dream – this incessant call to write.

It is time to say it.

I am a writer.

…stay tuned…

 God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.

1 Peter 4:10-11 NLT

Spend it Writing

-Meme by Lisa-Jo Baker