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What's Everyone Doing for the New Year?

 
AbbyFitz
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on 12/26/2013

Happy New Year everybody! I'm just curious as to what everyone's goals and/or resolutions are for the new year. I don't make resolutions, only because they're pretty useless when it comes to me. They end up going by the wayside.

I'm more of a goal person, so I instead set goals I'd like to accomplish for the year. One of my goals is to make it to 100 articles here on Wizzley. I don't want to set a date, because you can't rush perfection. LOL Seriously, I'll end up putting out slop just to meet a deadline. I've been reading about the Hummingbird update and how important quality is, so I want to write the best I can, even if it means my production is slow.

I also would like to see my traffic and income grow here. It's kind of puny at the moment. I'm hoping 2014 changes that.

About my life outside of Wizzley (shocking to have such a thing) I have been training for a job change this year. I'm hoping I'll be qualified to switch jobs in 2014. Which will be great. I'll have more time to write on Wizzley!

I look forward to reading about what everyone wants to accomplish next year.


JoHarrington
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on 12/27/2013

For New Year's Eve, I'm planning on traveling up to see my friends in Merseyside.  I probably won't resurface until the following Sunday/Monday.  Therefore it'll be a slow start to the year as regards writing, but a great one for chilling out. :D

As for plans in 2014, I have promised myself that I'll visit Dailly in Scotland.  This is a family history quest, as I've hit a bit of a brick wall there.  I'm hoping that being in situ will unlock some clues.  There's also been much talk of me going to visit Sam in Prague.

I haven't yet worked out my writing plans, but I tend to do that while in Merseyside.  That's been the pattern of the past couple of years!

Good luck with your resolutions, Abby!  And everyone else too.


frankbeswick
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on 12/27/2013

Goals:

To lose weight

To improve the allotment

 


frankbeswick
Mira
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on 12/27/2013

Hummingbird, huh? Gotta love the animals.

I will be meeting with friends these days, and also working on Wizzley articles. Like you, I planned to reach 100 articles as soon as possible. I wanted to make it by the end of the year, but realized that it's impossible. It's also a time to be with family and friends, so I'm trying to be in the moment more :).

Good to hear you'll have more time for Wizzley. I plan to make more time for Wizzley, too, because I have lots of ideas for articles and Zazzle.

Jo, enjoy your stay in Merseyside! And I hope you travel plans materialize.

I had some travel plans, too, but I tabled them. But  who knows, I might get lucky and travel. I certainly do miss it.

Frank: Those are nice goals. I will have to think what mine are. I know I want to work on Zazzle a lot!

Best of wishes everyone for 2014!


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WordChazer
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on 12/27/2013

Job change here too, forced on me by circumstance and hopefully to be soon so I don't run out of money!

Paying off old debts: at least one, two if I've done my sums right. Result - instant payrise from the amount of money not going to pay them down every month.

Writing. Here, there and everywhere else. Money for living at the moment while the job search trundles on. Money for paying off the debts or getting work on the house finalised when the job search is finished.

Decluttering. Because the more I see of this materialistic, shallow, chavtastic society I live in, the more I want to reject it all. Having money to do what I want is more important than having all the trappings of brand and celebrity fandom.

I've still to finish my updates on my Success Challenge this year, hope to do that in the next week or so now that the running around has stopped for a few days.

 

 


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AbbyFitz
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on 12/27/2013

Everyone sounds like theyre going to be busy. I hope to do some traveling too.

Paula, I'm glad you'll be getting rid of some debt. I hope your job change happens soon.

rupert, what's an allotment?

Mira, I wanted to get to 100, too, but it just didn't happen. I'm a perfectionist and I tend to take a while before I publish something.


ologsinquito
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on 12/27/2013

I'm hoping to get rid of clutter as well. Things you haven't used in years, unless they have strong sentimental value, are things you'll probably never use.


younghopes
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on 12/27/2013

I hope i am able to give more time to wizzley in 2014 as well as to other sites, my main aim would be to maximise my earnings online which at the moment is no where so awesome. I wish i could earn good money here. I am also thinking of giving sometime to my zazzle store which has been lying almost vacant.


bobsimpson
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on 12/27/2013

I asked my grandpa if he made any New Year's resolutions. He said, "Yeah I did, just one. I resolve not to ask anybody if they made any gol dern stupid New Year's resolutions."

RupertTaylor
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on 12/27/2013

Resolutions, plans, goals. Never make them.

The 19th century German general Helmuth Karl Bernhard Graf summed it up for me when he wrote "No plan survives contact with the enemy." Stuff happens that throws your good intentions into disarray. So, my only plan is to be nimble, play the cards I'm dealt and not whine because I didn't get any aces.

Abby - an allotment is a patch of a communal garden usually rented from a local council.

AbbyFitz
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on 12/27/2013

Thank you, Rupert. It's just a term I've heard before, but wasn't really sure what it was.


AlexandriaIngham
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on 12/29/2013

My New Year is going to be spent at home with hubby (hopefully my daughter will be tucked up in bed). We don't do much at New Year, since Christmas is our preferred celebration this time of year.

As for resolutions, I tend not to make them. My main one is to maintain the weight that I have lost in 2013. Almost 4st lighter and want to keep it that way.

Work-wise, it's more goals than resolutions. Getting to 100 Wizzleys is one, but I'd like to get to 150 by the end of the year. 200 is pushing it for me at the moment but it is doable if I have a plan. I'm going to spend Friday really looking at my plans and goals for the year, and then break them down by the month.

Hope you enjoy your New Year celebrations!

WordChazer
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on 12/29/2013

Sounds hopeful Alex. My freelance side may well have had a kick up the pennies today, such that I might have good news to report by the time I get around to posting my wrap up on the Success Challenge. (I've spent most of the last 48 sleeping though so be warned this posting frenzy may not be as early as I had hoped into the new year.)

We tend to go quietly on both Christmas and New Year celebrations, as my parents don't do much of either and we prefer an evening in with our friends and Jools Holland for New Year to going out on the razz. We don't even celebrate much if we can afford a holiday. None of us is young any more and most of us have no spare cash to splash at this time of year so why bother, we reckon. We can have enough alcohol to float a ship and enough food to sink it quite happily at one or other home with friends so why move from the familiar? We'd rather save the cash to splash at a retro-tech party (usually at Easter in Germany) where we can meet up with many friends from around the world.


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JoHarrington
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on 12/29/2013

When you say 'retro-tech' party, do you mean the sort where we used to find ourselves in random fields, during the early 90s, with one person posted to watch out for raids?


WordChazer
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on 12/29/2013

Our digital arts parties have been known for fuzz raiding, yes, Jo. These days, it's more often than not the female drunk-and-very-peeved German-speaking English geek with attitude they need to watch out for...


Described by one of my clients as 'a literary grammarian', writing, researching and reading are requirements for sanity, at least this side of the keyboard.
JoHarrington
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on 12/29/2013

I think I met her... >.>


WordChazer
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on 12/29/2013

 

JoHarrington: 12/29/2013 - 03:13 PM

I think I met her... >.>

Not yet you didn't...you welshed out on the Wolves Racecourse bash last summer!

My reputation shall be upheld this year - remind me to give you the dates. I intend to smuggle wine in, as it was £3 a plastic cup in the racecourse bar last year and I can get a bottle for little more than that in the store. And I can source the cups too.


Described by one of my clients as 'a literary grammarian', writing, researching and reading are requirements for sanity, at least this side of the keyboard.
AlexandriaIngham
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on 12/30/2013

Ah, I remember going out for New Year. I did it twice and absolutely hated it. I'm not a big nightclub fan. I much prefer sitting at home, watching the top 50 style programs and then watch the New Year come in. We were thinking about going to our church for the quiz and celebrations they're doing, but it's too much for an 18 month old. We'll just stick to our quiet one and let our friends tell us about all the random stuff they got up to the next day.

I did do New Year in London one year, but hated the crowds--that's why I don't like nightclubs! But I had to do it just to tick it off my list of things to do.

WordChazer
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on 12/30/2013

It'll be wine, chili with extra veg, wine, apple crumble with Baileys cream, wine, Baileys, cava, litres of water and sleep for me. In there somewhere will be Jools Holland's Hootenanny, wine, warmth (hang the expense of heating the place for New Years' Eve!) and friends.

I haven't been out for New Year these last few years although we often go out earlier in the evening when we're away overseas. Usually it's a Disney day, so we'll see the fireworks or World of Color. One year we blew a stack on eating at Catal in Downtown Disney Anaheim. My credit card took a while to recover from that, especially as the waiter was a sight for very sore eyes and rather good at his job so required a generous tip on top of the premium cost of the meal. PJ, his name was. What a guy!

I can remember some serious nightmares at New Year before though, hence why it is not a good idea to ask me to seriously party. Normally I'm just glad to kick the old year out the door and say 'good *whistles* riddance to you!'

Hope you all have a good New Year according to your preferences.


Described by one of my clients as 'a literary grammarian', writing, researching and reading are requirements for sanity, at least this side of the keyboard.
JoHarrington
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on 01/06/2014

Well I'm back from the wilds of Merseyside. Much fun was had, but the journey back was a little scary!   I ended up taking the motorway, but the rain and wind were so bad that I couldn't even see the road for long stretches.  I crawled back at 40mph just to be on the safe side and it all worked out ok.  Long, long drive though.

Everyone bright eyed and bushy tailed for 2014?  I'm not. More sleep needed for that...


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