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Bring The Past Forward

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With a new year we think about looking forward, making changes and leaving stuff behind. Sometimes we forget that the past follows us into our future. I’m not a big resolution maker but I do like to make goals. Some of those goals weren’t met in the 2013 so they become part of my new goals. I like goals because they make me feel like I have achieved something. That all the time hasn’t gone by without me taking notice.

A few of the goals I’ve brought forward are write more books, lose weight (anyone surprised by this one?) become debt free, take better care of me and more importantly I want the people who I care about to know that I do care.

While you are reading this Blog I will be in Pasadena, CA watching the college football national championship. Even my football team, Auburn, has carried their season over into the new year. I guess the moral of the story is that we can’t leave the past behind but we can change the future we just have to make an effort to do so.

How do you plan to change your future in 2014? What goals will you set?

In honor of Petit Fours and Hot Tamales anniversary I’m giving away a copy of my newest book The Rebel Doc Who Stole her Heart.

Marilyn Baron - January 6, 2014 - 5:47 am

I never usually set goals except the one about losing weight but that one always gets carried over into the next year. Last year, however, the way things worked out, I had 7 books published without setting any goals. So I might just not set goals this year. But if I do it would be to finish the third book in my psychic suspense series and finish at least one more new book.

Pam Asberry - January 6, 2014 - 8:04 am

I’m not setting goals either. Instead, I’m going to be faithful in my daily practices – writing, playing the piano, exercising – and trust that good things will happen as a result. Happy New Year, Susan and all!

Rachel Jones - January 6, 2014 - 9:47 am

Goals help me get where I want to go. They help me take ownership of my time and energy. The only goal I have right now is to walk down the aisle and dance at my daughter’s wedding. I’ve been on crutches since November 21, 2013. Her wedding is March 15th. With four days a week of physical therapy and prayer I’m determined to make it happen. On March 16th I plan to make new goals for the rest of 2014.

Susan Carlisle - January 6, 2014 - 10:47 am

Marilyn,
You have goals you just don’t think think of them that way. Seven books is amazing. I listen yo your music to your play and it is wonderful!

Susan Carlisle - January 6, 2014 - 10:49 am

Pam,
It sounds like you have a great plan.

Maxine - January 6, 2014 - 10:49 am

I like goals. I seldom make “resolutions.” Write more – a lot more. Get some books out there in 2014! Well, yeah, the weight thing, and I just want to be a better person. Happy New Year, All!!

Susan - January 6, 2014 - 10:53 am

I may not get by today to respond because I’m on the other side of the country and will be out all day. I’ ll check in later tonight.

Connie Gillam - January 6, 2014 - 11:16 am

I always set goals. It gives me hope and something to aim for in the coming year.

I’m fanatic about reevaluation. I do it on a daily, monthly and yearly basis. When I do my taxes, it’s a chance to look back over the past year and decide what worked and what didn’t.

Carol Burnside - January 6, 2014 - 2:06 pm

Y’all have seen my writing goals. No less than 6 releases in 2014! Right now my head is down, fingers flying for almost a complete re-write of a book that’s due out in March. ACK!

Have a great year, everyone!

Walt Mussell - January 6, 2014 - 4:42 pm

Susan, you have to pull us through in Pasadena. War Eagle.

As for my goals being pulled forward, my goal last year was to finish the rough drafts of two manuscripts. I finished one. I’m resetting the goal at two manuscripts, pulling forward the one I made progress on but didn’t finish.

Sia Huff - January 6, 2014 - 5:17 pm

Susan,
Last year I set five goals – I made four of them. The fifth is to be better at social media. So this year, I’ve decide to cut it down into chunks & learn one aspect of the beast. I’ll add another four for this year.
Have a wonderful time in Pasadena.

Sandra Elzie - January 7, 2014 - 12:57 pm

Hi Susan, You’re a lucky duck to be in CA…it has to be at least a few degrees warmer than here in Atlanta.

Changes for this year? I’m going to practice saying “no” a little more often so I can write more.

Debbie Kaufman - January 7, 2014 - 9:22 pm

Gosh, I think I have all those goals, too. Or I should!

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