Andrea Laiacona Dooley

Dec 31, 2018

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2018 Resolutions Round-Up

Every new year’s eve, it’s my tradition to review the prior year’s resolutions before making new ones. Last January, I felt demoralized and exhausted by everything 2017 had thrown at me. I only made three resolutions.

  1. Set a regular date night with my husband— This one was a total bust. Between his trial for the first five months of the year and my twice monthly police commission meetings and writing group, it felt like too much to deal with. That was a mistake. This needs to be a priority.
  2. Get rejected 100 times— In order to succeed at this goal, I had to submit writing more than 100 times, and I did. I submitted to agents, small presses, literary magazines and a newspaper. I got rejected or ignored a lot but I did publish an opinion piece, and I won a creative non-fiction award for an excerpt from my memoir. I also wrote 10–15 legal decisions so that took time away from submitting much more.
  3. Learn to parent teenagers— my kids really brought the teenageness with both barrels this year but I do think I’ve handled parenting challenges with more patience and thoughtfulness than I have in the past. I’ve been working on this for a few years and I’m getting better at parenting with love rather than anger. We are currently traveling together for 3 weeks and it has been a lot of fun.

The best things that happened this year, in no particular order:

  1. Dems took the House.
  2. I had an editor read my memoir manuscript and it inspired new ideas and energy for the project.
  3. I hired someone to help with a bit of my work-work.
  4. I resigned from the Police Commission.
  5. I’m traveling in Africa for 3 weeks with 3 of my favorite people, and no one has had any serious arguments (knock wood).

My next post will cover my 2019 resolutions and I feel back up to snuff, ready to make an unrealistic number of personal goals for the year.