hellonovember

So, 2015 went pretty quick, huh?

I have to say that I generally consider Halloween the beginning of the end of the year, and everything that comes next is just a preface to the awesome that the New Year is going to be. Kind of like how the beginning of June ask a kid was always the end of the school year, even if there were still 20 days of school to go.

Honestly, I haven’t been a big fan of 2015, so I’m pretty happy to start focusing my attention on making 2016 an AMAZING experience. Plus, the next couple of months are going to be a big blur of book rewrites, I’m not sure I’m going to see much of the outside world.

Still, I have a few goals for myself for this month:

  1. Get rid of stuff. The amount of stuff you accumulate after living in one place for a while is astounding. When I lived alone I was able to keep things pretty sparse, but sharing a small apartment with another human and a dog has meant some pretty crowded digs…and clutter makes me anxious. So, I’ve started selling all the things I don’t use or no longer want on eBay. I have to say for the most part I’ve been pretty impressed with how easy it is to sell things. Things that aren’t sellable I’m donating or trashing. Our apartment is just too crowded for my comfort level. The Fella is less of a purger by nature, but I’m hoping to get him in on the action. We’re hoping to move some time in 2016 and there’s a lot I don’t want to take with me.
  2. Cut back on my tech time. Realistically that’s hard because I work on a computer…like just about everyone else. BUT, I really need to cut down on extraneous technology use, that means limiting phone doddling time, cutting down my use of social media sites and watching less TV. (I know this is blasphemous as a writer, but I have gotten rid of most of my books over the years and replaced them with digital versions. I love reading, but I hate stuff, so I download most books. I really don’t have a moral problem with that, but in keeping with this resolution I’ll try to keep my reading limited to paper books and reading on my Kindle Paperwhite instead of my iPad…it’s too easy to switch over to the Internet on a tablet.) I’m not saying I won’t use social media, but I’d like to limit it to less than an hour a day.
  3. In keeping with the general theme of November, I would like to spend a few minutes each day reflecting on the things that I’m thankful for. I’ve been super busy/fighting off constant flu like symptoms lately which has lead to me feeling a little out of tune in my life. I have challenges like everyone else and things that I worry about, but I also have a lot of greatness in my world and I want spend those free moments of thought focusing my energy on the good stuff, not the worries.

 

What are you resolving for November?