Tag: Writing

Are you making any New Year’s Resolutions?


I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!  Mine was so relaxing that I didn’t realize how long I’ve been away from my blog… whoops!  With the new year two days away, now’s as good a time as any to talk resolutions.

In the past, I’ve tried to set concrete goals like exercising at least three days a week or cutting certain foods out of my diet, but those resolutions start to feel restrictive.  And, as it turns out, I don’t take directions well – even from myself.  So this year I’m resolving to do two things that will help me to enjoy life even more, and I’m phrasing them as loosely as possible to take the pressure off.

Resolution 1: Spend less money.  I’ve told you about the treat yo’self motto… this upcoming year, I’m going to use it with a little more discretion so that when the time comes to make major life purchases, I can treat myself guilt-free.

Resolution 2: Write every day.  It’s fun to claim the title of a writer; it sounds creative and romantic.  Yet, at its heart, writing is often difficult and solitary, and it can be a struggle to get started.  My mantra for 2015 is “a writer is someone who writes every day.”  No page quotas, no set guidelines, no specific projects.  My only promise to myself is to put either pen to paper or fingers to keys for a few quiet moments every day and see where it takes me.

It’s easy to make resolutions, but the real work is in following through.  What are you resolving to do in 2015?  Are you anti-resolution?  Ever make any that made a positive difference in your life?  I’d love to hear!

Check back tomorrow for a round-up of year-end links.

P.S. Speaking of resolutions

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What’s your favorite piece of advice?

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I’m great at giving advice, but I’m not so good at receiving it.  (That’s really just a more tactful way of saying that I’m good at being critical of others but I whine and complain when others criticize me.)  As I near the end of my senior year, I’ve become less and less welcoming towards advice, as my adult life looms and my plans remain uncertain.  I’d love to share a piece of advice that I actually did appreciate with the hope that anyone feeling a bit anxious about where they’re headed in life can take it to heart the way that I did.

This fall, Pulitzer Prize winning author Junot Díaz visited my college and spoke about the craft of being a writer.  I spent half of his talk loudly laughing at his dry wit and the other half wildly scribbling down anything he said that sounded useful to me as a writer (this was a difficult task as he was a fountain of knowledge).

One point in specific stuck in my mind, though, and I’ve been coming back to it as I near graduation and face a daily deluge of questions about my future plans. (more…)