As much as 2008 was an ok year for me personally, I am glad to leave it behind on a national level. The economy is terrifying and I am hoping it improves this year. But since I can't resolve to secure my husband a job or to make people shop more to stimulate the retail economy, I will instead make personal resolutions.
My resolutions for 2009:
First, the professional:
1.) Get my non-fiction book proposal together and off to an agent before the year's end.
2.) Get something published in the paper of record.
3.) Hone the relationships I have with editors, get some repeat business and also bring in at least a few new clients.
4.) Work on my novel and get it to the agent who was interested in it last year.
5.) Go to bed earlier (pre-11 p.m.) so that I can get up by 6 a.m. to write for an hour each day.
Second, the personal:
1.) Spend at least one date night/day alone together with R per month.
2.) Run the BAA half marathon in October in under 1 hour, 45 minutes.
3.) Get my 5k time under 23 minutes and PR this summer.
4.) Two supplemental workouts a week of lifting/pilates/yoga in addition to the running/stepmill.
5.) Get more quality alone time with Sam. Try to do at least 15 minutes per day and one mother-daughter alone thing per week.
6.) Get my weight down below where I was pre-Sam. That means losing about 10 pounds from where I am right now. I plan to start this year on a no-sugar diet and see how far I can get.
So there it is. I have 11 major goals, both personal and professional. These are a bit more ambitious than last year's. I am starting today both by working on my novel and by going off to yoga.
Happy new year everybody! May 2009 bring joy and prosperity (especially).