Happy New Year!
Happy First Monday of 2011!
If you read my post from last week, the one where I welcomed myself back to the blogging world, you'll know that I am an a strange place in my life. It's a place where I am long on ideas, but short on motivation. I see possibilities, but I see barriers more clearly.
Well phooey on barriers. By the end of 2011, I will be in a better place. And I believe healthy habits will get me there. I already eat healthy (kinda), so this year I am choosing a career-related goal: write everyday of 2011.
It's a good resolution, I know, but it's too simple. Heather Kelly and I created Resolution 2011 as a way to motivate us and make us feel positive about our successes and failures.
1. Pick a writing resolution. A writing resolution.
You know mine. Pick one that suits you. Pick one that challenges you or pick one that is something you're already planning to do for 2011.
2. Pick a charity that is close to your heart.
Heather and I chose Room to Read. They are building LIBRARIES and getting BOOKS into the hands of impoverished children. We have a page set up to track our donations, and you are more than welcome to be a part of our Resolution 2011 over there. We'd love you to chose our charity if you don't already have one in mind.
3. Each and every time that you don't meet your resolution, donate to your charity.
Since we're planning on writing every day we're donating $25 to start, and will finish the year with a donation as well. Each day that I don't write, I pledge $1 to Room to Read.
4. Blog about your resolution and charity, and check out the other writers rocking Resolution 2011:
- Heather Kelly is donating to Room to Read
- Tina Laurel Lee is donating to Room to Read
- Marisa Hopkins is revising everyday and donating to First Book
When deciding whether or not to join us, remember that Resolution 2011, and 2011 itself, is all about you. You can create your own parameters and chose your own charity/cause/punishment. This is meant to be fun, community-driven, and full of successes.
A year long blogfest thing may seem daunting, but we'll check in the first Monday of each month and think of the schools and libraries and children who need books. Also, I am keeping a small calendar in which I will jot down a 15-word synopsis of what I wrote that day. What an easy way to keep track of how much I have to fork over come 2012.
“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.”
Here's to 2011's successes, failures, and overall awesomeness!