New Year’s Resolutions
By: Shannyn Schroeder
It’s the holiday season and no matter what holiday you celebrate this winter, it’s always about family and love and being together. And then the year comes to a close and people start talking about making resolutions.
I don’t. I never have. My problem with the idea of New Year’s resolutions is that they’re really nothing more than dreams. Would I like to lose weight? Sure, most people would. But to set that as a resolution without a plan is simply a dream. And if I’m dreaming, I’m thinking of a Hemsworth brother, not a diet.
I don’t know if I’ve ever made a New Year’s Resolution. Mostly, I feel like they’re a waste of time because so many people don’t follow through. In all honesty, I would probably be one of them. And there’s not much more I despise than failing. I know everyone says failure is part of the path to learning and growing, and while I agree, it doesn’t mean I have to like it.
I approach my goals realistically. Could I have set a resolution to get straight A’s throughout college? Sure, but I was also working a minimum of 32 hours a week (more like 50 hours my junior year). I lived on my own and had rent and bills to pay. Sustaining everything for a long period of time was unrealistic and I recognized that. I had to maintain a 3.5 GPA to keep my scholarship, so that was the only goal I had.
I find myself in that same boat now, many years later. I work multiple part-time jobs in addition to being a writer, and I have three kids. The thing is, I only like one part time job. I enjoy the work and the pay is good. The other jobs are just about the money. But I love writing. I want to be able to write full time.
That is the goal on the horizon for me. It’s not one that will likely happen in one year. My first book was released 3 years ago and it hasn’t happened yet. However, my writing life has changed over those 3 years. Where I used to just squeeze in writing when it was easy, I now make time for it almost every day. I’m on deadline and I don’t want to mess that up. In order to reach my goal, I need to make writing a priority and do more of it.
I suppose a resolution is no different than setting any other goal, but there’s something about it, like it carries a certain weight and I don’t want to have to deal with that. Life is stressful enough.
What about you? Do you make resolutions?
Free Mitchell loves the theater. In his dreams he’s the one taking the spotlight. But so far he’s played against character by following in his father’s footsteps as an investment banker. When he’s masquerading as Dr. Who or Sherlock Holmes to help his brother, he feels he can escape his shy, dorky persona. But nothing’s prepared him to play boyfriend to a gorgeous girl like Samantha Wolf.
Samantha isn’t quite sure what to think of Free. He’s cute, sweet, and quirky, but his outlandish costumes make him seem crazy. However, it turns out Sam has a soft spot for theater nerds. And the more time they spend together, the more their steamy romance begins to take center stage. Only problem is, there doesn’t seem to be a script. And it’s anyone’s guess how this one will end.
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