When the New Year’s Not So New Anymore

Well…it’s here. 2018 is in full swing.

New Year’s resolutions have likely gone by now, swept away by the surge of life that always manages to interfere with our good intentions. For those of us who opted for a weight loss goal, there’s been the torture of the food festivus that is Superbowl Sunday and the outpouring at every location you can imagine of sweet-faced Girl Scouts hawking their wares. For those of us looking to set a new savings goal there’s likely been an awesome MLK weekend sale and those President’s Day sales are in high gear as we speak. And for those of us who’ve set writing goals, the days keep marching on, our hours filled with responsibilities and commitments and LIFE.

Crazy, isn’t it? 2018 was so bright and shiny only a few short weeks ago.

What happened?

OK…so typing this has actually made me feel sort of icky inside. I’ve got a cheerleader personality by nature (though am horrifically inept AT the sport of cheerleading….much to the devastation of my 13-year-old self) and as far as I’m concerned, Goonies Never Say Die!


For those of you who are already down several pounds – WAY TO GO!

And for those of you who’ve put some extra savings away – GO YOU!

And for those of you who’ve been pushing day in and day out with your writing, whether as part of the Ruby Winter Writing Festival or purely under your own steam – AWESOME PROGRESS!

And for anyone who set a goal this year of something – anything – they wanted to accomplish, congratulations as you work toward what’s important to you.

The bigger reason I wanted to write this post is that it’s easy to look to a single day or time of the year to get things kick-started. There’s power in starting fresh and seeing a vast ocean of opportunity spreading out before us. But it’s important to remember that the opportunity we see is still arbitrary. January 1st is just a date and frankly, it’s as good as any other.

So if you’re still looking to 2018 as the year you kick your writing into high gear – I’m here to say, welcome to NOW. You’ve got a ready-made cheerleader in me (I’ll keep my high kicks to a minimum) and all of my fellow Ruby Sisters. We even have a few more weeks left of the Ruby Winter Writing Festival and it’s never too late to join us (or the incredibly fun sprint rooms!)

So come on in! 2018 is still super shiny and the air is shimmering, waiting for you to get started.



16 responses to “When the New Year’s Not So New Anymore”

  1. Kathy Crouch says:

    I just did the math and since the first of January I’ve written 41,645 words. Imagine if I ever knuckle down and truly focus on it.

  2. Love it! Goonies never say die.

    You are so right, Addison. January is just a date on the calendar. Today is probably a better day to set 2018 goals and start working toward them, because you’re not hung over from the holiday madness. You’ve had a few weeks to relax a little and jump back into your normal routine and now you can see how much you can challenge yourself without going insane.

    Yes, The chat rooms during the day have been buzzing, but also have sprints going on in the evening. I’ve challenged myself to write an extra words before heading to bed. I’m proud to be meeting my goals.

    • Addison Fox says:

      Yay on meeting goals, AJ! And I always love the energy of the chat rooms – it’s so motivating. The camaraderie is priceless.


  3. Jennifer Bray-Weber says:

    Love, LOVE this post, Addison! I wonderful message. January 1 is just a date, but every single day is a new beginning. I know my *ahem* diet hasn’t been going all that great, but I have managed to stick with exercise (when it hasn’t been too cold and rainy). And writing…my head’s been down nearly every day and I’m putting words to paper—even if just a few of them. Onward and upward!


  4. Julia Day says:

    Thanks for the reminder. No sense in waiting for the weekend or that writing retreat that begins in a few days or my next birthday (which is, er, 11 months away) to start on something that I could begin today.

  5. Love the reminder that a new year can start any day you want it to! Go Addison! (I’ll cheer for you right back!)

    I’ve actually been great about attacking my goals this year… until the Olympics happened. I literally spent the last two days in Olympics Overload and now the idea of diving into my revision doesn’t sound NEARLY as appealing as watching just one more curling match. I think I’m going to have to take my computer to someplace without televisions if I’m going to have any hope of actually getting it done. 😀

    • Addison Fox says:

      Thanks, Vivi!

      And while I’m normally a “cut the distractions” girl, the Winter Olympics DO only happen once every 4 years. Snag that extra Curling match


  6. Darynda Jones says:

    This reminds me of one of my favorite motivational memes. In fact, it’s the only one I keep on my desktop. It has a girl looking out over a mountainous terrain and says, “One day or day one?”

    Thanks for this reminder, Addison! Great post!

  7. Cynthia Huscroft says:

    Thanks for the reminder to be in the “NOW”!
    It is so easy to get caught up in in the ebb and flow (or tsunamis!) of our day to day. Ride the wave…never give up…& each day is a another chance to make that goal!

    Great post!

  8. I’d given myself permission to take a break for the Olympics and then after watching some athletes talk about perseverance–along with this blog–I felt much more motivated. Thanks, Addison!


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