Looking at the Year Ahead

For the first time in I don’t know when, I didn’t sit down and write out a set of resolutions/goals for the new year. But I do have some that have been floating around in my head. So here are a few of the things I’d like to accomplish in 2015. And I want to hear about your goals for the year, too.

1. Sell our house and be living at the beach (at least snow-birding it when winter comes around again) ASAP.

2. Write five books. And 2-3 novellas.

3. Final in the RITA contest. Okay, so this one is out of my control, but it would be really cool if it happened.

4. Learn a craft. If I get good enough at it, use it to relax and, hey, maybe even set up an Etsy store. I swear, browsing Etsy is like crack.

5. Reach my goal weight and stay there! I’ve had this goal for a few years, and I’ve made some progress but also negated that progress. But I’m not getting any younger, and I know I need to take care of myself. I will say I started off 2015 right by walking on my treadmill and tracking my calories.

6. Make enough money from my writing to travel some and to take my sister and her family to Disney World.

7. Continue to build my editing business.

8. Write a movie script based on one of my books.

9. Have a really cool costume or two for DragonCon since I didn’t cosplay last year. I’ve got a couple in mind.

10. Be appreciative every single day for how lucky I am to have a home, a wonderful husband, supportive family, kind and generous friends, a career I enjoy, an editor who is awesome, enough food to eat, clean water to drink, freedom and my health. It struck home with me earlier this week how so much can be taken away so fast when my sister’s home burned and they lost everything. It’s been very heartwarming to see the outpouring of support for her and her family, and I will definitely pay that kindness forward as I know she will when she’s back on her feet. When we see what seems like nothing but bad news everyday, it’s nice to be reminded that the world is, indeed, filled with wonderful, giving people.

I hope all of you have a happy, healthy, fun and prosperous 2015.




  • Helen says:

    Is he coming back to my place ?

    Have Fun

  • Helen says:


    Your sister and her family have been in my thoughts what a dreadful tragedy but I am very grateful that they are all safe and well hugs to you all.

    I never make resolutions but I retired in November and that is just awesome so this year I plan to take a bit of time to smell the roses instead of being in a rush get things done that I want to in my time πŸ™‚

    Have a happy safe and peaceful new year

    Have Fun

  • Shannon says:

    I”m sorry about your sister and her home. Thank goodness the people are safe.

    I usually make no resolutions since I break them almost instantly. But I’ve thought about doing (again) things that were habits.

    1. Walk every day outside except when there’s snow or ice. Yes, Sundays. Yes, when it’s inconvenient. Remember it leads to weight loss, appreciation of God’s creation, and mediation on the issue of the moment or a morning reading.

    2. Finish a 10 year old project.

    3. Clean the house.

    4. Stay off of Etsy.

    5. Find time and money to travel, even if it’s only to see my Mom.

    6. Continue to journal, ending it with a list of three things I’m grateful for.

    7. Do something about finding a new job instead of complaining about the job.

    8. Figure out how to write successfully under yet another new boss.

    9. Don’t whine incessantly when they reorganize in September when they reorganized on 5 January.

    10. Find a new cheaper place to live. Make sure it has light.

    Yes, I am delusional but optomistic.

  • Cassondra says:

    Trish I am with you on the weight goal. And the exercise. It’s two hours gone every time I go to the gym because of the drive. But I really need to do it. With each year that passes, it’s harder to regain the ground I lose, and I don’t want to slide too far down that hill, so….MUST GO TO GYM!

    • Yeah, the time lost in travel was something I thought about when I was a member of the YMCA. Now I just go walking, either outside or on my treadmill, clean house, put on some music and dance. I need to do more things like stretching, maybe even try yoga, though I’m about as graceful as, well, the least graceful thing you could think of.

  • EC Spurlock says:

    So sorry to hear about your sister’s tragedy but at least the family came through OK and are safe. Things can be replaced but people can’t. Prayers for them.

    I’m not one for resolutions but I do have some goals I hope to attain:

    1. Get hubby up and moving and doing rehab workouts again, and me too – all those stairs help the cardio and weight loss!

    2. Find out once and for all what is wrong with me. We’ve eliminated the two most dangerous possibilities, now we need to continue down the checklist of possible physical issues. Unfortunately this needs to wait until:

    3. I pay off all the current medical bills and get finances stable again, to which end I want to:

    4. Add one more outlet for my patterns and

    5. Overhaul my Etsy shop; I’ll be selling fewer physical items and start selling patterns online. (Big sale going on now toward that end πŸ™‚ )

    6. Clear a lot of unused/old/useless stuff out of the house so I can be ready to move/downsize once the boys move out – as well as make room for all the ancestral heirlooms my sister is cleaning out of HER house and sending to me (o__0)

    Good luck and Happy New Year to everyone!

    • Thanks so much. I’m sorry to hear about the health issues. I hope they find what is wrong and are able to treat it easily.

      What is the name of your Etsy shop?

      • EC Spurlock says:

        It’s Saving Graces Fine Needlearts, you can find it here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/SavingGraces
        I do crocheted lace chokers, and jewelry made of glass marbles, dice and found items crocheted with metallic fibers and silk. For historical romance fans I also have hand-sewn corset pins in a variety of fabrics. Currently I’m selling off my gemstones crocheted in wire because they’re going to be discontinued to make room for other things. Coupon code LASTCHANCE will get you 25% off.

  • catslady says:

    I’ve learned to make simple resolutions so this year it is to read more – surely I can accomplish that (although I said the same last year and read the same amount of books so I have to try harder lol).

    • That’s one of my unspoken ones, too. For the past two years I’ve had a goal on Goodreads to read 100 books and haven’t met it, so I’ve adjusted it to 75 this year. We’ll see how things go.

  • Amy Conley says:

    So sorry to hear about your sister and her family.

    I don’t set goals, that way if I do accomplish something, I’m happy and if I don’t, I don’t let it worry me.

    I will just say I pray this year is better than last!

  • Trish, love your list. I never write down resolutions – it’s an invitation to break promises to yourself and that’s just depressing. After a really interrupted year in 2014, I’m looking forward to establishing a few good routines in 2015, including making more time to catch up with people I care about. It’s too easy to get lost in staring at the computer and time just gets away from you. Happy New Year!

  • Deb says:

    Trish, I, too, have been praying for your sister, BIL, and nieces.
    I went to the gym every day for 6 months, didn’t lose one ounce, but did like the feeling of accomplishment from 20 minutes at first to 60….Due to some health/stomach/don’t know issues, I have not been for two months…My goal is to start-up again. I do need to lose 10-12 pounds since my son is getting married in September. But, hoping it will happen since I about killed myself off last summer at the gym.
    I am not much of a goal setter. I have them and accomplish tasks, but not in a strict form of resolutions. Does that make sense?
    Take care, and Happy New Year!

    • Good luck with your weight loss, Deb. From my personal experience of trying different things, I’ve seen that weight loss is much more dependent on what I eat (watching calories and carbs) than exercise, though I do both.

  • I was so terribly sorry to hear about your sister and her family, Trish, but so very glad they are all safe. Did they ever find their pets?

    That’s a great list!

    I signed up to do the Goodreads thing as well. I do manage to get quite a bit of reading in every year, but I want to track it and see exactly where I stand.

    This year I want to :

    1. Revamp my website.

    2. Write at least two novels – the two sequels to Dreadful Christmas and a novella and Indy publish them.

    3. Revise the snake book and send it out to editors and agents one more time.

    4. Write every single day, even if it is just a page.

    5. Leave Walmart in the parking lot and refuse to allow it to interfere with any other aspect of my life.

    6. Go through my closets and get rid of anything I haven’t worn in the past couple of years.

    7. Set up the brand new treadmill STILL sitting in the box an actually use it!

    • These sound like great goals, Louisa, especially No. 5. πŸ™‚

      And thank you. Sadly, no, they haven’t found the pets yet. Neighbors are still looking, but we’re afraid they didn’t make it out of the house.