I should be freaking out.
It’s November 20th. Thanksgiving is in four days. Christmas comes in a little over a month. The New Year comes about a week after that.
Instead, I’m breathing.
At this point, I have ten days to finish NaNoWriMo and to break 50K, I have to pull in about 3,400 words daily. In the past, I’d have felt defeated. Not this time. And on top of it all, I’m feeling encouraged to think about what else I’d like to do with the rest of my year.
My blogger friend Elizabeth at Mirth and Motivation posted her year-end-to-do list, and since I’d been thinking about what I’d like to accomplish before the end of the year so I can dive into 2012 without feeling like I’m trying to get caught up…I think I’ll join her in making it public.
1. Finish National Novel Writing Month over 50K. NaNoWriMo is going to end at 11:59 p.m. on November 30th whether I have 50,000 words under my belt or not. I’d like to chalk one up in the “win” column.
2. Box up books and music I’m not reading or listening to and find a good home for them. Odds are that book I bought 5 years ago that “sounded good” and yet never opened is not going to be opened any time soon. Someone will enjoy it. And I’ll have room on my shelf for something new.
3. Redesign and rebuild my web site and blog. I’d originally planned to keep this blog separate from my business site, but I’m feeling more confident about merging the two. There will also be the addition of a business page on Facebook, and possibly even *gulp* a Twitter connection.
4. Post once a week during December with a Christmas story. I’ve loved Christmas as long as I can remember. All the shopping will be what it will be, but the Spirit of Christmas is infinite and beautiful.
5. Continue to cultivate the professional and creative relationships that began this year. I haven’t been as interactive as I would like with my fellow bloggers and creatives. Why wait till the new year to do better?
6. Take my daughters out. Just out. Not sure where. Maybe the Glass Pavilion at the Toledo Museum of Art followed by lunch. Maybe I can get my mom to call in sick to work and join us.
7. Develop new classes and a five-year plan for my freelance business. I enjoy teaching as much as I enjoy learning. Every class I’ve taught through Owens Community College’s Workforce and Community Services program has been so much fun and I’ve met some terrific people as a result. I want to construct more learning opportunities for writers and storytellers, and over the next five years, I want to add podcasting and webinars to my web site.
I’d add a general “declutter” to this list, but I don’t think I can get that done before year’s end. Started, yes, but not completed. But I can purge old catalogs and magazines; shred multiple copies of documents I no longer need; and, of course, the aforementioned book and music purge.
There are things that are totally out of my control. I have to give those over to God and let Him manage it for a while. There are things I can take care of.
I’m on it.