Facing Another New Year



It makes me tired just thinking about facing the challenges of another new year?

In fact, I get a bit depressed  considering all of the goals that I didn’t not reach last year. So, I decided to take a few steps to get myself organized.

1. Help! I knew that I needed some help getting started. In fact, I face this organizational challenge every year.

I recalled an article that I wrote last year, “A New Year’s Revelation,” for the WordServe Water Cooler about indecision. Here’s the link, if you want to read that article. In that article, I quoted a powerful verse that addresses what to do when you don’t know what to do. 

If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help … Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought. (James 1:5-6 MSG).

2. Goals. I discovered some helpful resources for my goal planning this year.

  • Personal connection. Since my husband’s job requires extreme multi-tasking and expert organizational skills, I asked him to give me a few tips on goal-writing. I know Dan might tire of coaching me through my organizational challenges. But his organizational and editing skills continue to bless me in my work efforts.Plus, Dan’s always concerned with my happiness. You know the ol’ sayin’, “If momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy!” Right?
  • Online resource. I also discovered a great resource for goal-setting by Michael Hyatt, “5 days to Your Best Year Ever.” If you need help in this area, you might want to check  out this online course by MichaelHyatt.

3. Progress. The progress I’ve made so far encourages me. I’ve examined my priorities, reviewed my past, set some new goals, and scheduled my upcoming tasks and events on my calendar.  

My blog posts took priority this morning. So, I wanted to share a few of the links. I hope you will check out these articles and leave a comment, if you can. Feedback from readers confirms that I’m covering helpful topics.

My calendar also indicates that I have several other projects, meetings, and events scheduled soon.

  • Little Rock American Christian Writers at Family Life. If you’re a Christian writer in Central Arkansas, I hope to see you at the LRACW at FamilyLife tomorrow.
  • Book Proposals. I’ll also be working on my next book proposal this week. Since I encourage others to tell the stories that matter most, this is one goal that is high on my priority list this year.
  • Speaking. Since I’ve scheduled my next speaking event in February, I hope to catch up on my writing projects and other commitments this month. But I’m also looking forward to this years’ speaking opportunities.
  • Hot Springs Village Writers’ Club. Cara Brookins will speak about “Young Adult Literature and the Social Media Frenzy” at the January 27 VWC meeting. I hope to see you there if you’re in our area of the state,

Thank you for joining me on this journey. I’m grateful that you stopped by my blog today.

I also hope that you will rise to the challenges set before you this year. And I pray that you have a “Happy New Year!”

What steps are you taking to plan your goals for the new year? Leave your comments below–I’d love to hear from you!

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