I don’t usually make New Year’s resolutions, but this year I’ve made three. It’s been a couple of tough years filled with change and I finally feel more settled with a company I respect and a comfortable home, so it’s time to challenge myself again! Here are my three challenges for this year.
1 Say Yes To Scary Stuff
Seek out and say yes to opportunities to speak at conferences or write for professional sites. I always get a lot out of doing this, and saying yes to one often leads to more opportunities. I’ve connected with a group of friends and we’re going to encourage and mentor each other to step up and take these opportunities.
2 Be More Creative
My job and my hobbies lead me to spend a lot of time staring at screens, and I want to have more fun and be more creative.
I want to get back to crafting, when I’m not looking at a screen I like knitting, sewing and fabric art. I want to complete at least four craft projects this year. One is something for a friend’s baby, that shouldn’t take long!
I’ve started a new Instagram account called 101 Good Things, where I make very bad drawings of things that make me happy. It’s a nice combination of making me notice the happy moments and have some fun trying to draw it. I am really bad at drawing hands, there may be improvement over the year. Not sure whether I’ll stop when I get to 101.
Back in 2010 I reviewed Caffeine for the Creative Mind but rediscovered while unpacking, it’s 250 exercises to help you be more creative. I’m going to test the exercises and see what works. I may even post some of them here.
3 Read More Books from More Diverse Writers
I didn’t read enough last year, and I missed it. This year I want to read more, and from more diverse writers. A friend of mine posted this list, from R. O. Kwon, and I’ve added about 10 books from it to my wish list. I received an amazon voucher for Christmas but it’s not going to cover it!
- by a writer who identifies as LGBTQI
- a classic (not a re-read)
- a poetry anthology
- a Booker or Pulitzer prize-winning writer
- by a writer from Africa
- by a writer from China
- by a writer from another Asian country
- by a writer from a country I haven’t visited
I’ve started Middlemarch, so that’s the classic covered, I’ll take recommendations for the other options.
Let’s see how well I do – I’ll review at the beginning of December.