They say, “Time flies when you’re having fun,” but it also seems to slip right away from me when I’m busy with things I’d rather not be doing. I can’t believe 2014 is almost over! It feels like I blinked toward the beginning of February, and now, here we are at the end of December. I’ve been feeling a little disappointed that I didn’t get as much done this year as I did in 2013.
Last year was much more productive for me. In the summer of 2013, I started a running program. I hadn’t run for years prior to that because my shin splints were so painful, and every form of relief I had tried for them failed miserably. But in 2013, I found a new exercise for shin splints that literally cured them almost immediately.
By autumn 2013, I ran in a 5K — my first time running that far since I was in middle school! I also lost 35 pounds during those few months.
Also in the summer of 2013, I dreamed my story, The Prison, and decided to pursue book writing. I wrote the first draft of that as well as five other manuscripts before the end of the year.
Later in 2013, my neighborhood association was giving me problems regarding my photography studio being located in my home, and it looked as if I was going to have to move. So I took a break from running and writing, and I packed to move. The only problem was that I couldn’t find a suitable place to move. So I repainted my house and decided to stay and just deal with the neighborhood association. Then I had to unpack everything and settle back in.
In 2014, I started babysitting for a friend of mine, and that took up a lot of my time. I also started working with an attorney friend on several projects, including editing and even writing portions of a book he is authoring. Additionally, I’ve had a lot more photography jobs than I did the previous year, and those have taken my time as well. (Apparently weddings were on the decline in 2013 due to the number 13 being unlucky. Numerous wedding vendors complained about the decrease in sales until someone actually took a poll and discovered this was why. I never realized that many people suffered from triskaidekaphobia. Weird, huh?) Plus blogging every weekday ended up taking more time than I ever thought it would, too, though now I would miss it if I didn’t do it.
Needless, to say, my writing and my running have taken a backseat this year to other projects. I’m sad to say I haven’t run at all this year. I only wrote one and three-fourths new manuscript first drafts. That was really disappointing.
But I did learn a lot more about the current rules of writing, so when I worked on editing my previous manuscripts, I feel that they were polished quite a bit. I also realized this year that I really missed not writing. I feel that this just cements that book writing was a good fit for me, and I’m glad that I tried it when I did. I sold some short stories this year which made me happy. And I obviously wrote even more short stories than I sold. Those were fun as well.
So I guess John Lennon was right when he said, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” But next year, I hope to have a better handle on my time, and I definitely intend to make writing and running more of a priority.
Talk to me: How did your 2014 compare to 2013 or other previous years? Did you accomplish everything you hoped to this year? Did your year fly by or drag on?