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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Tuesday Spotlight: Amber Kallyn

Love-Hate Relationships and Goal Setting


In early December and through January, I start thinking about my goals for the year. Not just as New Year’s resolutions, but also because my birthday is in December -- and damn it, each time I get another year older. (If anyone has a way to stop that, email me directly...)

Now that I’m published, my goals changed a bit. I had to add a ton to my list of ‘Things to Accomplish’ this year. Yikes.

I’m also closer to getting my degree. Finally.

The thing about getting a Bachelors in Teaching is, at least in my state, it requires a 9 week stunt as a full-time student teacher. Of course, I don’t get paid, in fact, it costs me a pretty penny.

So, in late fall 2011, I’ll be blocking out 2 months for that.

Uh, oh. Now I’m down to ten months. Eek.

I have contracts for three books (Jan, Mar, May), but two are written, so only one to go.

I have stories to write, some to revise. I need to submit them, do edits, etc.

But this year, I also need to add the whole marketing/promotion angle -- of which I’m not very good at.

The thing is, my goals are kind of like my outlines. I use them as a road map, but they change and evolve as the year goes by. I find them useful for the few times I find myself wondering ‘What do I do now?’

Then there’s the Hate part.

Goals, as well as outlines, can be daunting, intimidating -- glaring at me through the dark with their red-rimmed evil eyes...

There’s so much to still be done.

That idea sucks, what was I thinking?

I can’t possibly do all that...

Then, there comes the time when I panic.

OMG, I’m so far behind.

Eventually, I either make it back on track or revise my goals to be achievable once more.

Q4U:
What’s your relationship like with goals? Do you set goals for the New Year or not?



4 comments:

Cathy M said...

No resolutions for me, but I do set goals for the year.

Achieving your teaching degree will be an amazing accomplishment, Amber. Wishing you all the best.

booklover0226 said...

I try to make changes throughout the year, like putting something away after I'm finished with it.

I live alone, my place should not be a mess...but it is!

I agree with CathyM, good luck with your teaching degree.

Tracey D

Amber Kallyn said...

Thanks Cathy :)

It will be great to finally have a degree.

I like goals better than resolutions. For some reason, if I label something a resolution, I don't make it.

But small goals leading up to a big one, oh yeah. Those usually get accomplished :)

~ Amber

Amber Kallyn said...

Tracey, thanks :)

My problem is living with 5 kids, one of which is my hubby. For some reason, they think a fairy is going to come by and pick up after them.

I've gotten to the point where I don't do it anymore, trying to teach them to start. You can imagine how messy my house usually is now :)

One day, they'll learn. Maybe. I hope. Pretty please... :)