Happy 2015! - Jamie Farrell

Happy 2015!

Woot!! It’s a new year! Time for new goals and resolutions (although, really, anytime is a great time for new goals and resolutions).

This year, my goals are simple.

1. Eat more vegetables. In March 2014, I hit my goal weight at Weight Watchers. Then we moved, and… I’ve slacked off. (And indulged in dessert after every meal. Including breakfast.) So I want to bring the healthy back to my diet (and to see my pants fit a little better again).

2. Make less noise. Sometimes I feel as though everyone is shouting into the infinite space of the Interwebs about their products and their causes and their beliefs, and no one is listening. It’s hard to connect as people anymore. I don’t want to shout. I want to sit in my little corner of the virtual world and connect with people. To listen and to simply talk and be. When I post a blog or a status update on social media, I want it to make you smile or think or connect with something. I want it to have value to you as well as to me. But don’t worry – my updates on my kids aren’t going anywhere. 🙂

3. Sell more books. Truth: Self-publishing quality books is expensive. More truth: I haven’t yet sold enough books to recoup my investment in my books. The biggest truth: I adore my job anyway. 🙂 And this year, I’m determined to grow my audience and hopefully give myself (and my accountant) some better numbers. I love each and every one of you who have bought and read and reviewed my books. Y’all rock!! And I hope to keep being able to write more books for you (and the audience I haven’t met yet) for a long, long time!

4. Write more. I just made a writing schedule for myself. Some books come easy (I’m looking at you, Southern Fried Blues and Smittened), and some book are hard (ahem, The Husband Games), and my real-life schedule is very much out of my hands at least until September. But I will get up at 4 AM every day, and I will write or edit until my kids get up, and I will get the books written. I might miss a deadline here or there, but I’ll be working on writing the best books I can possible write.

5. Hug more. My last baby is two. She’s still all kinds of huggable and kissable, and so I’ve noticed I hug her and kiss her more than I hug and kiss my boys. I’m going to work on that, because this year, my first baby will be seven, and the last seven years have gone by entirely too fast.

6. Shut off the Internet. It’s entirely too easy to get sucked into reading emails that don’t matter and scrolling through social media to see if anybody I know is getting married, having a baby, or posting a really funny quiz. So I’m going to disconnect (meep!!) from the Interwebs, consciously, on a daily basis, so I can hug and write more.

7. Be social. I’ve turned into a bit of a hermit. So much so that I’ve realized if my kids didn’t have to be places, and if I didn’t have to do the grocery shopping, I would probably only leave my house maybe twice a month. The silly part is that I live in a place where I’m within 45 minutes of dozens of friends that SuperHubby and I have made during his time in the service. I could have lunch dates every day for a month, and never see the same person twice. And yet there are still dozens of friends I haven’t seen. And so, 2015 will be the year of being friendly and social.

And there you have it. My goals in a nutshell. How about you? What are your goals or resolutions? What are you most looking forward to in 2015?

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Gail Demaree says January 2, 2015

Awesome goals Jamie. I need to eat more veggies too but it is hard to do when my hubby does not like them. I want to read more and spend less time on the internet. I love spending time with my family and friends but it seems like everyone is so busy that it is hard to do. I hope you reach all of your goals. Good luck to you! Happy New Year!

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Gretchen says January 3, 2015

Not sure yet really

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