A few nights ago I came across a blurb in Women’s Health (by Marta Topran). Basically she was talking about how she’s changed her tactics on new years resolutions: instead of saying “I’m going to lose 30 pounds this year” say something like “I’m going to aim to exercise three times a week.” In short, make progressive goals, not ultimatums. Ultimatums never work.
I found this concept alarmingly simple. Like, in the “why didn’t I think of that?” way.
So, I’ve decided that I’m shaping my life around it: no more long-term ultimatums, no overbearing deadlines. Just progress. Day after day, week after week.
Actually, come to think of it, I’ve already been doing it: I’ve lost a good fifteen pounds this year because I focused on smaller portion sizes and exercising more. And my novel? Well I’m so pleased to say I’m about two-thirds of the way through! All because I didn’t assign myself a date to have it done by. Instead of saying that I was going to have my novel done by Christmas (or some other notable holiday), I’ve been focusing on one simple goal: get two chapters written a week.
HA! I can’t believe I haven’t thought of this until now!
So here are my 2019 goals:
- Write two chapters of my novel a week.
- Exercise 30 minutes a day.
I feel good about this upcoming year. I feel like some of the things that happened in 2018–especially in the culmination of my father’s passing–have made me a stronger person. I feel more dedicated to my craft. And I feel that I’ve progressed in shaping myself into the person I want to be. I will always hold the lessons from the past, the challenges and joy of the present, and the hope of the future close to my heart. (And my muse!) Thanks for all you taught me, 2018.
For now, I’m buckling down and finishing this novel!
Get ready! It’s coming!
Happy new year to all of you! I hope you are blessed in 2019.
Katie L. Mortimer.
For a fun time, check out my list of favorite TV shows and movies I caught in 2018:
TV shows I’ve binge-watched (you know, outside of my usual binges):
- Blue Bloods
- Madam Secretary
- Gravity Falls
- Stranger Things
- The Kominsky Method
Fun note: the husband started showing me Gravity Falls this week. (HOW HAVE I NOT WATCHED THIS SHOW?) I currently have its theme song on repeat.
Movies that I want to watch over and over again:
- Bohemian Rhapsody
- Ralph Breaks the Internet
- Christopher Robin
- Black Panther
- Incredibles 2
(Note: I have yet to see Mary Poppins Returns, but I’m sure it’s fantastic!)
Going off of Bohemian Rhapsody, my whole family has been obsessed with the soundtrack that accompanies the album. Here’s the thing: it’s actual Queen singing actual songs! Including the amazing Live Aid 1985 recordings. If there was a moment I could go back in time for, it would be to hear Freddie Mercury sing live. (Thank God the recording is on YouTube!)
Catch the Live Aid concert here: