New Beginnings Wednesday (March 3)

New Beginnings is a weekly event hosted by MizB at Should be Reading. It’s all about your New Years’ Resolutions! Everybody knows that these are really hard to stick to, so why not encourage each other in our efforts? Why not enlist the support of our online friends?

So, here it is…

  • First — post your list of New Years’ Resolutions in a post at your blog.
  • Second — every week, on Wednesday, write a new post about how you’re doing with each of your goals … you’ll have to list them, again, each week, as people won’t remember what you’re working towards, otherwise. Be brief in your updates, as there may be several blogs to visit!
  • Third — after you’ve written your update, visit Should Be Reading, and share your link so that we –the other New Beginnings participants– can stop by your blog and encourage you!

Important! … It would be absolutely great if you could visit at least ONE other participant’s blog  on Wednesdays and leave a comment on their post to share some encouragement for their efforts! Show your support! That’s what this event is all about — standing by each other to finally reach our goals!

This has been a much better week, and I’m determined to make it a much better month as well. Wish me luck!

  1. Write 1000 words or more per day. Irritatingly, I discovered that OpenOffice counts dashes and quotation marks as words (seriously, WTF?), so it’s fortunate I usually run over 1k! I also write quite a bit of non-fiction, blog posts, research notes and the like, so I think it’s safe to say I write at least 1k a day. It’s also NaNoEdMo, so in addition to some character exercises I’m doing for one of my novels I’m also rewriting the first draft of the first novel I finished that I didn’t entirely hate. Does that make sense? I had to get up far too early today and I don’t think my brain is properly awake yet.
  2. Read at least 100 books this year. I managed to squeak through with 6 books last month thanks to some frantic last-minute reading. Fortunately that puts me at 16/100 books, which is more or less on track. I’m going to try to get to 25 books by the end of March.
  3. Exercise more. This hasn’t been going so well. I’ve found a place I want to join, but it’s a bit expensive until the job money kicks in, so I’m going to go back to doing my yoga until then.
  4. Post at least twice a week in this blog. Done and done!
  5. Dazzle my professors with my research essays. I’ve finally finished the first draft of one research proposal, which I’m going to send in this afternoon. I plan to have the second done by the end of the week, assuming they send me the books I need in time.
  6. Brush up on my languages. *whistles innocently and looks out the window*
  7. Get a job. I had my first introductory session this morning and have a probation period of 7 days before my first review. I think I’m going to like this job! It’s a bit scary, to be honest, but once I get the hang of it I think it will work out perfectly.
  8. Learn to drive. I have been doing some research and have found out where to get lessons; now I just have to arrange to sit my learner’s theory test…and study for it!

Here’s to another week of adventure and exploration!

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