On January 1, 2016, I was in the midst of trying to get pregnant. I wouldn’t have called it a new year’s resolution, haha, but it was definitely a priority. Now I have an amazing little girl, a living symbol of my love and luck, dozing beside me as I write this.

When she was born, my mother told me that I would have to work harder than ever, so that my daughter would be proud of me. At the time, I rolled my eyes, slightly annoyed. But my mom was right. I do want IB to be proud of me. I want to set a good example for her. I want to show her that dreams are worth working for. And, hopefully, that they can be achieved.

To that end, I have just one resolution for this year. In 2017, I am going to finish a new manuscript. Even if I have to write the whole thing with one hand in the Notes app of my iPhone. (No, really. That’s the only way I’ve gotten anything done with a newborn so far.)

Writing a book doesn’t mean selling a book doesn’t mean making a lot of money or getting good reviews or launching a successful lifelong career. I cannot control those things. I can only control one thing: the words I put on the page. But that’s where everything else starts. That’s the most important part.

There are other things I want to do this year — travel, read, exercise — but only two will take pieces of my heart. Only two will make pieces of my heart. My writing and my daughter. I hereby resolve to give them everything I’ve got.

4 responses to “Resolve”

  1. T. S. Bazelli Avatar

    Happy New Year! I hope 2017 brings you lots of joy :) This could have been my new year’s post too. You just saved me from writing one hehe

    1. Kristan Avatar

      Haha, awesome!

  2. Anthony Lee Collins Avatar

    Well, as they say, twenty years from now, looking back, what are you going to wish you’d done more of with your time?

    Happy new year!

    And, yes, you can get a lot done on a cell phone these days. :-)

    1. Kristan Avatar

      Lol it’s incredible really!