Happy New Year: 2016 Resolutions

Another year, another list of resolutions. I didn’t make many solid resolutions in the midst of wedding planning, and I think that threw me for a bit of a loop. I did end up marrying my best friend, so that remained on track. I ended up gaining 10 pounds back before the wedding, but still fit in to my dress. I kept good with the blogging until the weather turned cold and I most certainly did not keep up with my submission schedule. Or my writing-new-material schedule. A lot of random things got thrown into the gears- buying a new house, home remodeling/upkeep, getting a dream job offer, transistioning out of my current nanny family, getting married, the holidays, family members getting married, taking up a new hobby (LARP)… hopefully next year can be a little less exciting on the social side so that I can focus on writing. I really miss it- and my soul feels the strain of not having written as much as I would like.

So this year’s resolutions:

  1. Get those last ten pounds back off.
  2. Get serious about the posting schedule. Twice a month, no less.
  3. Remember to log reading in Goodreads.
  4. Choose a new writing schedule that fits with the new job and stick with it.
  5. Work hard at being a good wife.

Wish me luck! What are your resolutions?


Happy New Year: 2016 Resolutions

I’m actually pretty proud of how this year went. It might not have been a banner year for publishing or submitting (only one poem for an entire year, really?), it was a good year for personal growth and moving forward with my life. I was able to stick to my resolution of posting more, and I ended up losing forty pounds since the beginning of my weight loss journey. I didn’t beat my Goodreads goal this year- with more things going on in my life, I wasn’t even able to match the amount of poetry and religious books that I read last year. I am happy to note that I am under contract for a house, so I will end up getting my own place this next year (fingers crossed). A mixed bag of what resolutions I was able to keep, exceed and outright failed, but I think I came out with a net positive for the year.

So for this next year:

  1. Marry my best friend
  2. Submit at least one work per month for publishing
  3. Set aside a day each week for writing/editing poetry. No other writing work allowed.
  4. Keep doing good with blogging.
  5. Maintain my weight for the wedding.

How did you do with your resolutions in 2015? What are your new ones this year?

Happy New Year: 2015 Resolutions

2014 is out the door and 2015 is in. The holidays have been a bit of a mess for me here, being as I’ve been fairly sick since Christmas. But seeing as my cold is on it’s last legs, it’s time to think about resolutions for this year.

I did passably well on last years resolutions. I definitely didn’t keep to my ‘blogging twice a month’ schedule as planned, but I did up my blogging considerably. I did become more active on my social media sites, though I could have done even better. I didn’t attend a single open mic, which is probably my biggest resolution failure. I’m doing well with my Irish Gaelic lessons, so that was a success (will even be visiting my little brother in Galway, Ireland this year as he studies abroad!). I did well with self-care, becoming less stressed, losing fifteen pounds of my thirty pound weight loss goal, and I definitely reviewed more poetry collections and read a ton more (according to Goodreads, I read 52 poetry and religious books in the past year).

So for my 2015 resolutions:

1) Blog twice a month here on Amber in the Moment. Do better with scheduling myself (this should translate into blogging once a week what with my other blog, if I blog there twice a month also).

2) Get better at advertising myself through all mediums- public appearances, social media, involvement with the community as a whole….

3) Lose the rest of my weight! I’m halfway there!

4) Get back to a regular submission schedule, both with full collections and single pieces.

5) Beat my record of last year’s Goodreads reading challenge and read more than 60 poetry collections and religious works in this next year. If you happen to have any review copies of your own work that you’d like to donate to that cause, I’d be more than happy to read and review them.

6) Start saving to get my own place in the next three years.

What are your top resolutions? How did you do with last years?

Happy New Years! 2012

To all of my followers (and to those who just happen to be passing by) I wish a peaceful 2012.

May you find peace in your accomplishments- the big and the small- in the knowing that you have achieved what you have worked for.

May you find peace in your failures- the monumental and the nit-picky- taking consolation in knowing that all things have their time, and in acknowledging that every situation is an instance to learn and to grow.

May you find peace in your family- those you were born to and those that you have chosen- as they are a symbol of how connected we really are; all holds barred, no reservation, and fiercely dedicated.

May you find peace in your significant others- of all kinds- and rejoice in the miracle that is having someone to know who you really know yourself to be and celebrate in that being anyways.

May you find peace in your work-both for money and for love- and take pride in the work of your hands and your heart.

May you find peace in your times of rest-both for pleasure and for pain- that you may transform both kinds into times of restorative leisure and gratitude for not just this year, but the years that have passes and the years that are to come.

May you find peace in those who hurt you, and hate you, and keep you from your dreams- taking heart in the hope that your relentless forgiveness and love might be the one thing that can heal the hurt in their lives that provokes them into lashing out at others.

And may you find peace in the happiness of  being in it’s simplest, most honest form- whatever that means to you. For that is where peace is found.

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne.
We’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne