pondering my role in a bigger story

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

what lies ahead

I'm sitting in my den in my pajamas watching the Vols play some half-way decent football in the Outback bowl, and updating my blog and Facebook. Nice, leisurely way to ring in the New Year. Being a good Southern gal, I'll have my black-eyed peas and turnip greens (standard New Year's Day fare) in a little while.

Here are my creative intentions of 2008:

Reading. In years past, I set some pretty ambitious reading goals and did a decent job of keeping up with what I read through the year. I'm going to do that again in 2008, with a goal of 40 books. That puts me at just over 3 a month and seems to be an achievable goal. I have my friends Megan and Craig to thank for inspiring me to set a reading goal and keep a record of it. Thanks, y'all.

Writing. I'm setting a personal goal of writing 5 days a week, or 20 days a month. Shooting for about a thousand words a day. I'll have to see how editing fits into the equation.

Photography. Learn PhotoShop. Take a jillion pictures. Figure out a decent way to organize them. Print more. Enter more shows and contests. Develop the Plastic Jesus series. Take some creative risks.

And I want to drop a few pounds, get my money's worth from my Y membership, simplify, and just be a little more free.

What about you? Would love to hear what you are hopeful about in 2008. And what's on your reading list, if you have one.


Anonymous Craig said...

Not sure which is more exciting - the three books a month goal or the 1000 pages a day writing goal. Do 'em both! Have a great New Year, Amy!

Tuesday, January 01, 2008 3:13:00 PM

Blogger Presbyterian Gal said...

Meanwhile, since you correctly guessed "volcano", you won the New Year's Day poem

Tuesday, January 01, 2008 5:30:00 PM

Blogger not-so-deep Denise said...

"hopeful for" I love that phrase. You always inspire me to pick up something to sew together - that would be the most creative thing I do....

Wednesday, January 02, 2008 2:39:00 PM

Blogger Jennifer said...

Great goals, Amy. I'll be your cheerleader all the way. Maybe we can do some of them together, too!

Thursday, January 03, 2008 11:38:00 AM

Blogger soul and culture said...

Uh, Craig, that's a thousand WORDS, not pages. Lord, have mercy.

PG - you rock!

Denise - here's hoping what you're hopeful for comes to fruition in '08!

Jenny - Glad you're in my corner. And, yes, let's hit some of these together!

Thursday, January 03, 2008 9:06:00 PM


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