It is a truth universally acknowledged that anyone at the beginning of the year must be in want of resolutions. While January 1st may feel like an arbitrary start to something (it’s mid-season! not tied to the lunar calendar!) it is still a societal blank slate for the year ahead.
No matter what you failed to accomplish before, you are imbued with promise and potential now! What will you do with the next twelve months? I’m looking to Jane Austen’s written word for inspiration.
~ I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!
~ The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.
~ It is only a novel… in which the greatest powers of the mind are displayed, in which the most thorough knowledge of human nature, the happiest delineation of its varieties, the liveliest effusions of wit and humour, are conveyed to the world in the best-chosen language
Read More: If you’re reading this blog then you’re probably already an avid reader. Read more? You say. Preaching to the choir! In addition to reading more, this year, I’m going to read broader and seek out authors of diverse backgrounds different from mine. In addition to old favorites, I’m excited for new voices, starting with Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
~ I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.
~ My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.
Praise Others: Sometimes I’m so busy and on-the-go that I forget to tell people how I’m feeling. In fact, I’m more likely to take a moment to express disappointment than praise. This year, I’m going to focus on telling people when I appreciate them in the moment. To start – Regina and Sharon – I think the two of you are the bee’s knees for how you coral us (like cats, sometimes!) to keep this blog going.
~ We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be.
Trust Your Instincts: I spent my 20’s listening to other people. To my parents about college, to professors about employment options, to bosses and mentors about my career, to friends about my love life, to fellow writers about…well…writing. I value the time and energy all these people have put into guiding and shaping me, and now it’s time for me to trust the instincts they’ve helped me develop and look to myself for guidance.
~ I must learn to be content with being happier than I deserve.
~ I always deserve the best treatment because I never put up with any other.
Enjoy the Good Things in Life (and Expect Them, Too!): It’s good to feel blessed and lucky, but not good to feel guilty for all the good things you have. Instead of worrying about whether I deserve all the happiness and blessings in my life, I’m going to use that energy to enjoy life and pay it forward.
~ It’s been many years since I had such an exemplary vegetable.
Eat More Vegetables: Don’t be like Collins. Eat vegetables often.
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I’m really excited about the year ahead! I have a new historical regency-style romance series debuting as well as a wedding in the family and some great plans with friends. Thank you to all the wonderful readers and the Austen community – I’m hoping the best for you in the year ahead as well.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!