New Year Resolutions

By Domenica Di Piazza, Editorial Director, TFCB

royal fireworks In recent years, an editor/writer friend and I have started meeting for lunch at the end of December to talk about our resolutions for the coming year. In the past, I’d generally avoided setting New Year’s goals, fearful of failure, I guess. But when this friend and I talk about what we hope for in the coming months, we generally come up with things that are do-able, and that are a nice mix of personal and professional aspirations. And we limit ourselves to just a couple things per year.

One year, for example, I resolved to include live links in my personal blog. Super handy by the time Lerner started its own blog! Another year, I wanted to do more public speaking and was able to take advantage of opportunities that arose through my work here at Lerner. Yet another year, I resolved to make ice cream from scratch and have since mastered all kinds of flavors, including savory types such as basil and lavender ice creams.

I’ve started thinking about what I’ll tell my friend about 2010 when we meet for lunch. Here’s a short list of my thinking so far:

–keep my ink pen filled at all times. Nothing like running out of ink at a meeting. Everyone notices that you have a fine pen that isn’t functional.

— keep up on my reading of publishing blogs. I have to make this resolution several times throughout the year to keep me honest.

–try to get through Remembrance of Things Past. I have to admit that I’ve never read the thing through from start to finish, just parts of it for university coursework or when I was sick at home and thought that a slower state of mind might help.

–buy a new computer for the home office; or at least do the research to pave the way for the purchase.

–and as always, eat well, exercise regularly, get enough sleep every night, and enjoy life to the fullest.

Happy New Year! And check in again next week for more from TFCB.

(Royal Fireworks illustration from Wikimedia Commons)