Thursday, December 30, 2010

2010, I will miss you.

The New Year always fills me with hope of new dreams for the upcoming year. New hopes, new goals.

This year is no exception. Except I have found myself looking back on 2010 with bitter-sweet feelings.

I didn't get as much done in my life as I wanted. My book is still in revisions, my school work still hangs over my head, my house is just as messy this year as last year. I've lost a few good bloggy friends, but made some that I really care about.

It's been a roller coaster year.

I expect this year will be just as tumultuous.

I've started a new cleaning program (I can do my laundry in 4 minutes flat...with a little pumped up music...it's the most awesome thing ever) (okay, it's a little more like 7, but still, I love it!).

I will get my degree this year. I cannot begin to tell you how difficult this has been for me. I have wanted to give up so many times, but I am only two classes away from smartness.

I've learned that writing vs revisions is something that is both exciting and tedious. A new idea is so amazing to get down on paper, but it isn't until I get into the  description and word building  that the story really comes to life.

So I am looking forward to this new year, hoping to achieve new goals that will teach and mold me.

It's going to be a great year!

What New Year's goals do you have?

31 comments:

February Grace said...

One of the very best things about 2010 for me has been 'meeting' you!

I hope all your 2011 dreams come true.

Oh, and maybe you're two classes away from 'official, institutionally sanctioned 'smartness' but lady, you are as brilliant as they come already. I'll celebrate with you when that momentous day arrives- and hope to see a picture!

happy new year!

hugs
bru

Kristina P. said...

I think my life needs more smut.

Welcome 2011!

Summer Ross said...

I hope to write more. I do think you will get there, it's hard not giving up specially on classes- I know, I've tried to give up on math but I keep letting it kick my but, but not this year- i finally made it past math so keep going, it will work out.

L.T. Elliot said...

You've accomplished a lot more than you think you did. If you really think about it, last year TORN didn't even exist. Now, it does and by mid-2011, it will be all shiny and beautiful! Hang in there.

Happy New Year!

Solvang Sherrie said...

Sounds like you've learned a lot this year, smartness of the degree or not :) Hope your 2011 is fabulous!

Jamie Burch said...

It was a good year! I'm so happy to have met you in this lovely place. Yay!

Looks like you accomplished a lot this year and your plans for the coming year are very exciting. Good luck to you! I look forward to following your journey.

Laundry that fast? Do you have super powers?

One of my goals is to finally finish my first draft and then revise, revise, revise.

Happy New Year!!!

Angie said...

How awesome to get your degree this year! What an accomplishment. I think 2010 was a great year (I met you!), and I have grand hopes for 2011 too.

Terry Stonecrop said...

That's so great about your degree!

I never really have goals just sort of vague ideas about what I want to do and maybe more importantly what I don't want to do;)

Have a Happy, and Prosperous New Year, Carolyn!

Nichole Giles said...

I'm so, so proud you're getting yoru degree. I think I've told you that before, but I am still very much in awe of that fact. Also, writing and all it's many requirements takes time. And when you have it, you'll finish. I'm so, so glad I've been able to spend time getting to know you better this past year. I hope we see more of each other in 2011.

Medeia Sharif said...

Yay, a degree this year!

I wrote down my resolutions yesterday. I'd like to be tougher on myself with writing goals.

Here's to a great 2011.

Jen Daiker said...

The best thing about 2010 was starting to write and meeting all the wonderful blog friends I've made.

To be honest I had a lot of things I had planned to get done in 2010 but I've found that I'm an overachiever and since accepting that fact I've been able to understand I've still accomplished a lot.

Katie Mills said...

Here's wishing you success in everything you do this 2011! As for me, I'm just gonna try and 'keep at it'. Do the best I can:)) Happy new year!

TerryLynnJohnson said...

sounds like 2010 was very good for you! Hope you impress yourself in 2011.
My goal is boring - more fitness, less computer.

Patti said...

I know how you feel about 2010. I said to my husband that I really don't feel like I accomplished much, so here's hoping 2011 is better.

I don't have specific goals. Just going to try harder and hopefully results will follow.

salarsenッ said...

Hey you! You said it best: writing vs. revisions. I'm starting or revisiting (should I say) a project that I'd written a little on last year while taking a break from my current ms. Totally switching gears is rough. Ugh...

Best to you in this new year. Did you know that you were one of my first five blogging buds? Yup. I truly cherish you and admire you. Getting a degree is so cool. ((cyberhugs))

Lynn said...

Two classes from smartness? I think you proved the smartness factor many moons ago! Maybe two classes from celebrating another goal accomplished. I hope you are celebrating all you accomplishments. Even if it's just with a devine piece of chocolate.

Elana Johnson said...

This is awesome! I see amazing things for you in 2011! And dude, 7-minute laundry? I so need this cleaning regimen.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

How on earth can you do laundry in 7 minutes?! That's a bestseller book right there, girl! I hope 2011 sees the success of your school and MS dreams, bff! Good luck. :-)

Lynda Young said...

Wishing you the very best for 2011. I love your cleaning program. It sounds great! I may need soem tips ;)

Jennifer Hillier said...

Happy 2011 from a new follower! I hope the year brings you everything you wish for.

4-minute laundry? Do tell!

Kathi Oram Peterson said...

Two more classes! That's awesome! I know exactly how you feel. I went back to school and earned my degree while working, writing, and trying to raise my kids. It wasn't easy, but it was worth it.

I wish you much success in 2011. You go girl!!!

Heidi said...

The way to remove a mountain is to start with the pebbles. So much of what we do as women in this crazy world doesn't seem to amount to anything--but it really truly does. I admire you so much for being just two classes away from smartness. Woo hoo!

Melanie Jacobson said...

Yay for almost having your degree! That's so amazing!

Jessica Bell said...

Good on you for sticking it out through the toughness! I've only been following you now for I think about two months, sorry if I've asked this before, but what exactly is it that you're studying? Literature? :o) I'm sure 2011, will be full of wonderfullness! (if that's a word) ;o)

Summer Ross said...

happy belated birthday to you!

Kathryn Magendie said...

I love the beginning of the revision process, yes! THe fleshing out of scenes, and when you start at the beginning and it's all like new again!

I hate the very last of it -the nitty picky part, the Galley Proofing part - bleah!

Congrats on the near to gittin' the degree! whoop! *hi five* -okay no one does hi fives anymore, but I just felt like it - in fact, I never give hi fives in person, but ...dang it all! this calls for a hi five *laugh*

~Nicole Ducleroir~ said...

All my goals for the new year center around one word: Trust. Trust in myself, my voice, my ambitions...

Now, resolutions are another thing. Haven't formalized them yet! Happy New Year!!!!!!

ali said...

I love that, "goals that will teach and mold me". LOVE!

Happy New Year Carolyn!

(oh and look, my word verification was WINGS. We're gonna soar, baby!)

N. R. Williams said...

I had a New Year's Day scare and went to the emergency room from there I was admitted only to learn the next day that there was nothing wrong. Long story. This is when you know you have good insurance, they keep you.

I hope to write, draw, sell my stuff and live a little less under the stress button.
Nancy
N. R. Williams, fantasy author

Dawn said...

Happy New Year! I am resolving to provide balance...more or less. More writing. Less proscrastinating. More exercise. Less eating. More loving myself...less self criticism.
Have a great 2011!

Talei said...

Great goals! Good luck with your studies and here's to graduation day!!! Happy New Year and Happy writing & revising! ;) xx