New Year's resolutions

By Katharine Swan On Tuesday, December 30, 2014 At 12:21 PM

Every year, I blog about my New Year's resolutions, and most years it seems like I fail miserably.  I've tried making them more specific and checking in every week or so, but then I feel like they consume my life, and still don't turn out as well as I'd like.

Granted, this past year has been very busy and has involved a lot of changes in my life, so I probably have good reason for not having achieved my goals this year.  However, with this past year in mind, I want to do something a little different in 2015.

I started thinking that I wanted to set simpler goals for 2015, even if it meant they were vague and hard to mark my achievements.  Right now I don't care.  I want simple.  And then I started thinking that I really do want simple... in my whole life.

So my resolution for 2015 is to make my life more simple.

What sounds like a simple goal actually has a couple different parts.  The first part is that I'm not taking on any more families -- I have four I work for right now, five if you count the single disabled dad I occasionally run errands for, and they keep me plenty busy.  However, I've decided that I do want to gradually shift my focus onto my freelancing and my own writing projects, not only because that's what I want to do most, but also because my busy, ever-changing schedule has made my life anything but simple.

This also means focusing more on my writing -- both client work and my own projects -- than I have been, so that as the kids grow up and the families need me less, my freelancing and writing work can pick up the slack.

There is also the element of STUFF.  I am not a hoarder, but I am a collector, and I tend to overdo it sometimes.  I read a book last year called Stuffocation that made me think twice about how much I own, and then my life changed drastically, forcing me into a sort of trial run, I guess you could say.  Before the upheaval, I had started a blog, SimpLIFEfy365, to follow my efforts to de-stuff myself.  It languished a bit when my life changed, but in 2015 I want to get it going again, and get back to my original goal of purging something every day.

The past year has been hard, and I anticipate 2015 will also be difficult, as I'll be trying to reshape my life into something more manageable.  The hope is, though, that by the time 2016 rolls around, I'll have succeeded in simplifying my life somewhat.  Even if it's just a little, I will be satisfied!

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Katharine Swan is a full-time freelance writer with more than 5 years of professional writing experience. In addition to maintaining several personal blogs, she writes a variety of online marketing materials for clients, including company blogs, articles, and press releases. In her free time, she spends time with her horse, reads, and writes fiction.

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