My New Year’s Top 15 Goals

Note to self: Get out in the woods and exercise.

I most often use Jan. 1 as a day to set goals for the coming year. I’ve accomplished a number of those goals at least partly because they were written and I used them throughout the year as a guide. Two years ago, for example, I noted that I had virtually stopped reading books, so I determined to read at least one a month. I’ve accomplished that and more since then.

Weight loss has not been affected by my promises to myself, however. I have read a great deal about people my age (72) trying to lose weight and the consensus is “forget it, you’re where you’re supposed to be.” I’m not happy with that, so I still weigh myself first thing in the morning every day. And nothing much happens with that.

So, today, I’m going to set a few goals–again–and see how it goes. My bucket list is very short, so I’ll stick to those items that are immediate and that can be accomplished with some effort.

  1. Pay attention to internet warnings. I’ve been hacked so often in the past year, that I’m beginning to take it for granted. One of my credit cards was stolen twice in December alone. I’ve had computer malfunctions frequently because of viruses that I’m sure I invited in. It gets expensive.
  2. Back up my photos and stories on a regular basis. That means every time I save something to my “C” drive, I also save it to my “D” drive, which isn’t on the computer, but on a separate drive.
  3. The kids and Pampa.

    Be a good, supportive dad and grandfather. I think being conscious of what the kids want and expect from me is important. Meeting those expectations is not always possible, but at least I can try.

  4. Be more resourceful. I tend to throw money to the winds, especially buying what I don’t need and am not even sure I want because it is a bargain. I also need to stop collecting things. My camera collection, for example, is nice, but so what?
  5. Put some serious work into at least one of the three books I have either started or need to revise (my memoir, “Burning the Furniture” is more than 10 years old and I’m not dead; a lot’s happened in 10 years).
  6. Expand my freelance writing/photography base. Write only for those publications/outlets that respect writers and pay fairly.
  7. Appreciating Margie.

    Appreciate Margie every day. She is a truly special woman and sometimes I think I don’t pay enough attention to how I feel about her.

  8. Get at least an hour’s exercise every day. No excuses.
  9. Put at least an hour a day into reading books (not just the ‘net or periodicals). Review the good ones.
  10. Continue to support those in my profession(s) who need what help I can provide and do it for the love of what we share, not for financial reward. Be a friend when a friend is needed.
  11. Try harder to understand those whose views are different from mine and forgive more readily.
  12. Eat healthy foods and balanced meals. And, dammit, eat less!
  13. Don’t forget for even a moment that I am, first and foremost, a recovering alcoholic. Everything else follows that and nothing is possible if I forget it.
  14. Remember when I am writing about people that it is not just a story; it is often something they will hold on to for the rest of their lives, so be careful, sensitive and correct.
  15. Recognize the ethics of every situation and be ethical in my decisions.

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