Resolve – 2014

Addiction – List Making

For a dedicated list maker, January can find you up to your squeaky new Christmas boots in New Year Resolutions.

Research says you should keep it simple.

Make it achieveable.

Choose measurable goals.

Set your sites on what you can surely accomplish.

Use systems to get there.

I love all these ideas. (Hmmm…idea collecting…another addiction?) However, one idea I saw on fellow author Jessie Humphries‘ blog really got my heart pumping.

Set crazy goals.

Big ones.

Shoot for the moon. That kind of thing.

Just put it out there and see what happens. Jessie’s goal is to get the locally grown band, The Killers, to play at her book launch in May. (If you haven’t checked out her blog…ahem…you should. Seriously.)

This started me thinking. What should MY goals for 2014 be? What big, amazing, possibly unreachable goals could I put out into the universe? I might begin with actually finding time to write with a delicious newborn to snuggle, four other kids to wrangle and a hall carpet that may not have been vacuumed since before Jingle Bells started playing on your radio. Unless it started near Halloween…we’re not animals.

But I’m not settling for a goal like: Vacuum your hall regularly.

How boring. Sanitary yes, but still boring.

Instead I’m going for something big. I know they might sound silly and you can laugh, but when the final days of 2014 roll around and everyone is breaking out their noisemakers and fireworks, I will be looking back with satisfaction on a year well played. Here’s what I’ve got:

1. Run a 1/2 marathon

2. Publish (or sell) three books.

3. Get a kick-butt Agent(s) for my books.

4. Write 4 books this year (I know which ones, but I’ll keep that under wraps until lat-ah for you!)

5. Write consistently on my Blog. For me, consistent is going to be three days a week. That’s about as good as it gets with a newborn and let’s be real here, outlandish and impossible are two different things.

There they are. Out in the universe. I have a few crazy family goals too, like taking my whole tribe to Disneyland for the first time. My savings account is already whimpering, but I’m going to do it people! So if you’ve got a hookup, lmk.



  1. Katie Dodge
    Jan 27, 2014

    I have absolutely no doubt you can achieve all these things and more!! You are amazing, my friend!!

    • Christene Houston
      Jan 27, 2014

      Thanks Katie! I’m going big! I’d love to hear what your plans are for the new year so I can cheer you on. 🙂

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