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Thursday, August 19, 2010

How Do You Start a Year?

Two of my grandkids started school on Tuesday. The other two start today. A new year. Full of hope and promise and possibilities. For kids, and anyone else tied to the academic world, this “new year” is probably a lot more significant than the one that starts on January 1. And then there’s the fiscal year. For me, at work, that begins on July 1. It’s not quite a fresh start – many projects flow from year to year – but there are new goals and deadlines and a nice fresh budget to work with.

For sports fans there are lot of new years. The new year for my Red Sox begins in April. And hopefully runs through October.

I like the beginning of a new year. The concept of a fresh start. I make all kinds of resolutions and goals and write them down in the Daytimer I live by. The personal ones get made in January; the job related ones happen in July. Although this year was a little different. For the first time in decades, the job goals were only for six months. I’ll be retiring in December. Whew! Talk about a new beginning.

How about you? When does your year begin, or do you have more than one? Is it a biggie for you, with goals and resolutions, or does it just sort of slide by?  Hmmmm, maybe I'll do my next blog about goals and new year resolutions.  Would you share yours?

Unwriting progress: From 150,000 words down to 119,000.  (not much writing time since my last post)

I'm currently enjoying: A Murder Hatched by Donna Andrews (not much reading time either)

Quote of the day: An ignorant person is one who doesn't know what you have just found out. - Will Rogers

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Very Interesting!
Thank You!

MaryC said...

Hi Linda,

My new year starts in two weeks. I always have the students make new year resolutions the first day of school about their goals for the year and what needs to be done to reach them. We open the envelopes and review progress in January and then update for the remainder of the year.

I'm excited for your retirement. Hopefully that means that I'll hold one of your books in my hands sooner rather than later.

Linda Leszczuk said...

To my anonymous reader, thanks for stopping by.

Mary,

Do you do any for yourself? Not to share with the kids but just for you?

I've got to admit I'm sooo ready to retire. I love my work here and the people I work with but trying to squeeze my writing into little bits of time here and there is making me crazy. Now that I've decide to give it my all, I want to get going.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Retiring! Wow - lucky you.

I only pay attention to the calendar year. I could care less about any goals at work. I'm a body there, that's about it.

I've been known to make some resolutions at the new year, but only if I know I'll keep them. Otherwise, I just let the new year slide by. I'd rather not have any resolutions than break one.

Linda Leszczuk said...

Hi Stacy,

Didn't mean to ignor your comment. Had a bad weekend.

Do you set writting goals for the year or are they more short term?

Heather Webber said...

All I have to say is JOHNNY DAMON?????

:/

Linda Leszczuk said...

I guess desperation and overloaded DL's make strange bedfellows.