December #InkRipples: The Pressure of End of Year Goals

Posted by Katie L. Carroll on December 13, 2017 in Anecdote, Ink Ripples, Kai Strand, Mary Waibel, Writing |

December is a stressful and busy time of year. For me, it’s not a great month for setting up goals. I’ve never been a fan of New Year’s Resolutions because it feels too contrived and arbitrary. Sure, it’s a new year, but that doesn’t mean I’m in the right place to set up new goals. Maybe I’m still working on my current goals. Maybe I’m swamped and just focusing on the daily task of getting through the days. I certainly don’t need the pressure and stress of forcing myself to declare a goal simply because of the time of year.

So I’m afraid I can’t offer up any great insights into my goals for 2018. I certainly have goals for next year, but most of them on ongoing ones, not ones I’m just starting to think about now. But I’d love to hear about your goals…drop me a comment!

Here’s where I usually do my spiel on how #InkRipples is a monthly meme and December all about goals. However, it looks like fellow #InkRipples founders Kai Strand and Mary Waibel are moving on from the meme. I’ve loved doing #InkRipples for the past three years with Mary, Kai, and all the other bloggers who dropped a ripple in the inkwell, but maybe it’s time for me to move on as well. I do have a new idea for a monthly meme I’ve been thinking about for 2018. I haven’t made any set decisions yet. What would you all like to see on the blog next year?

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  • mirkabreen says:

    I would love to see how you manage or don’t with three young’uns and focus on creating. I certainly was not very productive before my youngest went to kindergarten, though I always needed to “make something.”

  • Kai Strand says:

    It has been a fun run! I love having a topic I know I can blog about each month, but this year kind of killed my writer’s spirit. My writing life feels like a hack – so I’m gonna just be me for a while. Can’t wait to see what you come up with.

  • I’ve really enjoyed Ink Ripples this year and need to come up with something for next year, otherwise I worry I’ll totally end up with a blank blog 🙂 That’s far too easy to let happen. What that’ll be though, who knows. I’m sure you’ll come up with something awesome!

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