Friday, December 28, 2018

How do you get ready for the new year? ~ by Magdalena Scott

As Mary Alford posted a couple of days ago, I've been looking forward to the new year's possibilities.

I love the holiday season: decorations, music, movies, and extra time with friends and family. But as usual, by the end of Christmas Day, my introverted, minimalist soul was ready for...less.

So, when I got out of bed on the twenty-sixth, I "un-decked the halls." The vintage aluminum tree and glass ornaments, then the red bow and jingle bells from the door, were stored away.

Then I moved some furniture around, just for fun, in my studio apartment. (Everything is on sliders, so even though I'm small, this is still a one-person job.)

Here are some other things I've done to prepare for 2019:

* Bought a paper planner. Although I keep a digital calendar, there's just no feeling like making a thick slash mark through a list item when it's accomplished. (Check marks are nice, but not quite as satisfying.)

* Made a list of 2018 lessons learned. (Sheesh - some of them have probably been on that list a few times!)

* Prayed for guidance.

* Wrote down, in the planner, personal and professional goals for 2019.

* Committed to check in regularly with an accountability partner.

That's me so far. How are you preparing for the new year?

Magdalena Scott

USA Today Bestselling Author Magdalena Scott writes sweet romance and romantic women’s fiction with small town settings. She is a minimalist, having downsized from a 3,000 square foot house to a studio apartment, where her Giant Closet continues to resist taming. When not writing at home or spending time with family and friends, she loves to travel–carry-on baggage only–and is always pleasantly surprised at the kindness of strangers.

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  1. Thanks so much for your excellent, thoughtful post, Magdalena. Happy New Year!

  2. #1 on my list for 2019 is learning better marketing techniques. I've been putting that off because I don't know what direction to take.

    1. Thank you for sharing your #1 goal, Merrillee. Marketing is a toughie for me, too!

  3. Love your prep list, Magdalena. I do something similar in gearing up for the new year. Happy New Year to you!

  4. Inspiring blog. I do not take down my tree until Three Kings Day. Most decorations are snowmen, so they stay until Valentines’s Day. I use wall calendars and journals to record goals and thoughts. Yesterday I reviewed my 2018 reading history. Purchased 306 books, Read over 150 books and wrote over 160 book reviews. Presently romanced out and looking for new genre to read. Happy New Year!