The Art of Mirriam Neal

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“And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been.”
–  Ranier Maria Rilke

As you all probably know by now, I’m not a fan of ‘new year’s resolutions.’ To my mind, those are things we make on the spur of the moment, under a blaze of fireworks. They’re scribbles made in haste and tossed away in less than a week. I prefer to make goals and work to achieve them. Granted, my goals have a way of wandering off the path and discovering unexpected routes, but goals inspire me. The prospect of a new year excites me the way no other of the three hundred and sixty-four days does. I have goals for this year, although this list is surely incomplete and imperfect.

  • Finish editing Dark is the Night and find a publisher for it and Paper Crowns
  • Read more non-fiction (My reading goal for 2014 was 80 books. I reached 70.)
  • Improve my artwork by drawing – at least sketching – something every day
  • Become more sensitive and caring to the needs of others
  • Learn absolute contentment, no matter the circumstances
  • Write more letters
  • Complete at least three of my current novels-in-progress
  • Get my driver’s license (c’mon, motivation)
  • Acquire a calendar, and in doing so, meet all my deadlines
  • Cook more (…c’mon again, motivation)
  • Spend time in the Word every day, never skipping

What about you? Do you have goals or resolutions for the next 365 days and if so, I’d love to know what they are!

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