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Welcome back, dear readers. It’s 2018! I hope you had a lovely holiday season, and are surviving (or escaping) the freezing weather, and are feeling

   

Welcome back, dear readers.

It’s 2018! I hope you had a lovely holiday season, and are surviving (or escaping) the freezing weather, and are feeling ready for the challenges a new year will bring.

I’m not the first person to state this, but I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions. Why set myself up for disappointment? Or, to think more optimistically, why limit myself to starting fresh only once a year?

I set goals all the time—for myself, for my relationships, for The Rumpus, and for my writing. I meet maybe seventy-five percent of them. If I promise you I’ll do a thing, I will do the thing. If I promise me I’ll do a thing, I might but I might not. I’m always trying to work on this, to be as accountable to myself as I am to others. I work on this all year, every year.

I’m thinking about resolutions because I’ve made a promise to myself recently to devote time to my writing, and to my writer self. It feels impossible: I’m already overcommitted to projects and timelines and a child. I’m averaging five hours of sleep a night (not enough, I know). But, mostly, I’m afraid. I haven’t been writing because it requires a vulnerability I struggle with more than I used to, more than I fully understand.

But, I’ve made the promise and I will try to follow through. I suppose you might say I’ve resolved to do it.

Did you make a New Year’s resolution? What’s the best resolution you’ve ever made, any time of year? Did you keep it?

Love,

Marisa

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