New Year’s Absolutions 2019

Those who have followed my blog for a while will know I don’t write New Year’s Resolutions. I do set goals from time-to-time, but the pressure we place on those resolutions can be stifling at best and paralysing at worst, and I refuse to start off a sparkly new year by tainting it with pressure.

Instead, I write ‘absolutions’ – those things I absolve myself from doing. And, a little like wishing for more wishes, I first absolve myself from writing resolutions. Then I consider what things I want to take off my looming to-do list.

For 2019, I hereby absolve myself of the following:

Joining Instagram

If I had a dollar for every time someone has said, “You should be on Instagram!” I could have funded this year’s sabbatical without dipping into savings. I am a travelling author. Apparently, Instagram is the perfect platform for me. But, is it? I have this blog (with its additional pages about my books). I have a Facebook author page, and I have grown my Twitter followers from 300 (in March this year) to 2000. I also have author pages on Goodreads and Amazon. I have enough on my social media plate.

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Finishing the Outlander books

This is a hard one for me, because I love this series. Once I watched season one of the TV show, I picked up the books. I read #1-6 over a year, interspersed between other books. They are incredibly well written – both great storytelling and stunning prose. They are also a huge time commitment as they average 1000 pages each. But I’m stuck on book seven. It follows too many characters besides Jamie and Claire, and I got into the series because I loved their story. I am (mostly) enjoying season 4 of the TV show, by the way.

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Season Four

Getting into Virtual Reality

This is also a hard one for me, because VR is really frigging cool. And, my partner, Ben, has a full rig back home in Melbourne, including a steering wheel and pedals for driving. There have been many times when I’ve returned home to find him fully kitted-out and doing battle with unseen enemies or racing around a track in Italy.

It looks incredible, and I LOVED my ten minutes in the Google Earth VR world. But VR gives me the kind of motion sickness that stays with me for hours – nausea, dizziness, a mild headache. It breaks my heart a little, but I promise to go back to it when they improve it to the point where it doesn’t make me sick.

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NOT actual footage of me

Getting to the bottom of my TBR pile

If my ‘to be read’ pile was made up of physical books and it fell on me in the night, it would kill me.

On my Kindle, it makes up ten pages of covers. Some of those covers represent samples of books I want to check out (at some point), some are must-reads by favourite authors, some are must-reads by my author friends. I know I will never really get to the bottom of that pile – I’d have to take up reading as a full-time job – so I absolve myself. My current priority when I finish a book is to scroll through those covers and seek out the books written by my author friends. I get to read across genres, and I get to connect with them on a new level.

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Going grey

I had this one on last year’s list, too. And believe me, I have seriously considered removing it from the list in 2018, because I’ve maintained my brunette status while living abroad. But I am still not ready to embrace my silver vixen status, especially as my options are grow it out (NOOOOOOOO), cut it all off and start again (NOOOOOOOO), or pay oodles of dollars over many months to have a pro do it (HMMMMMMM). Maybe in a year or seven.

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Stacy London is fabulous

Whatever your resolutions or absolutions are, I wish you a peaceful, happy, successful, adventurous, challenging, exciting, and lovely 2019.

 

7 thoughts on “New Year’s Absolutions 2019

  1. I love that you have absolution as opposed to resolutions. How clever is that? I haven’t done resolutions for many years. All I have ever really wanted is to be happy and no resolution is going to aid in that, so I simply say, it’s time to just enjoy life the best I can!

  2. New Year’s Absolutions? I love that, and love your choices! On the subject of Instagram, the only thing I hate about it is that you have to post from your phone – aside from that, I like it. Streamlined! Conversely, I hate Facebook, but I have to have a page for my alter ego 😦 On Outlander, I have the first book on my Kindle and want to read it but…. like you, the TR pile is skyscraper high, and like you, I’m trying to read books by author friends (who are increasing exponentially on account of SM) so go figure… reading the TR pile has become an epic quest!

    • The first Outlander book is fantastic – as are books 2-6 – so I’d recommend carving out the time, but yes! The TBR list is so daunting. And you’ve managed to solidify why Instagram is not for me. I try not to use my phone if I can help it. 😉

  3. I only coloured my hair once in my life. I was 20 and living in Avessada. It was bleached white but reacted badly with the iron in the water and I had to live with looking like an orange bird till it gre out. I am quite grey now and can reassure you if you decide to make the leap, silver threads are ok

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