Resoluting 2013

I’m normally not one to care about New Years, but I decided that I wanted to make some major changes in my life in 2013. While 2012 was a great year in London, there were several things that happened that weren’t so pleasant, and I seemed to fall off the rails a bit in both my personal and professional life.

I accomplished many things in 2012:

  • I moved across the world from Nashville to London
  • Did three different speaking events
  • Went out and made some real friends
  • Lots of travel – visited Wales, Paris and England
  • Joined Ubelly
  • Got a book deal for a WordPress book

But I also fell short on many things as well. So this year I’ve decided to make real resolutions that each have a specific plan that I can follow and accomplish. I’ve been so excited about it, I even got started a few days early.

Here are my 2013 resolutions

  1. Pay off my student loans. I only have about $15,000 left, so I need to put about $1250 a month to the bill.
  2. Unfollow negative and angry tweeters – they always cause drama and upset my day and productivity. I was always afraid to do this because some of these tweeters are big names and even friends of mine, but for some reason they’re just so damned angry on Twitter and I got tired of seeing it.
  3. Likewise, I’m aiming to be a lot more positive on social networks – less complaining, less drama. Let’s be happy guys!
  4. I’m going to make a REAL plan to eat and live better. I’m currently in the middle of reading “Why We Get Fat“. It’s a fantastic book that explains why the calories in/out version of dieting doesn’t work.
  5. Spend more time on my physical self. For my 27th birthday this January, I’m going to treat myself to a lot of spa treatments. Working from home has made me lazy!
  6. Do my chores immediately and stop procrastinating.
  7. Be a better wife – spend more time on the husband and his hobbies

Most of these items have absolutely nothing to do with work – I’m still trying to decide exactly what I want to do in terms of work. 2012 was a year of uncertainty – I wanted to go back to school and get a history degree, start a craft and vintage business – pretty much stop working in this industry all together. I got tired of being on the computer all day and wanted to do something a bit more tangible. Crafting began taking over my life and got in the way of work and life, so I had to tone that down. I also contemplated getting a full-time job instead. But I’ve realised I really love freelancing.

I still don’t know what it is I wanted to do. I’m not really sure I enjoyed speaking – it was A LOT of work and stress preparing the slides, but I got to travel to some awesome places and meet lots of new people. Traveling to England has allowed me to meet many people I’ve really admired: Sarah, Remy, Seb, Aral, Jeremy Keith, EJS, Simon, Snook, Keir and even Zeldman. But what do I want to do?

I’ve got a book deal with Manning that I’ll be working on for most of the year. I’ve been doing well on timelines except for this last chapter – holiday travels and sickness have gotten me behind. But I know I can’t live off of book writing.

I recently reduced my site pricing so I could get back to working with smaller agencies, which I really missed doing this past year. My goal is to rebuild my client base and continue taking on only the projects that I really love. I also stopped taking on so many personal projects which were getting in the way of paid work. I feel like I’m on the edge of something big in the work area, but I’m not quite sure what it is just yet.

So what are you guys planning and hoping for in the new year?