This will be my third Ball Drop List to post to my blog. You can see why I call it that here, but sometimes it helps to write goals out so they are in front of you. I didn’t post one last year, but you can see the 2011 version here. Getting to the point, in no particular order here is my 2013 Ball Drop List:

Become more minimalistic – I have recently decided that it is time to reduce the amount of “things” in my life. I hope to apply this minimalism to other areas of my life as well in order to focus on what is most important.

Write 12 Friday Flash Stories – Last year I didn’t participate in Friday Flash as much as the previous year. This year I am committing to at least 12 stories. Hopefully that will get me going and maybe I’ll end up with even more than that.

Be a better dad – There are a lot of little things that go into this one, but I’ll keep those to myself. The ultimate goal is to make sure I am spending intentional time with my family,

Submit stories for publication – I keep telling myself that I am going to start submitting, but I rarely get around to it. I have some specific targets for how many submissions I want to make, but I’ll keep those to myself as well. To be honest, any increase over last year would be a huge step forward.

Eat Less Processed Food – I enjoy experimenting with diet changes and my goal for this year is to experiment with eating fewer processed foods. I hope to start with chips and crackers and begin to eliminate other processed foods as I go. I am hoping it will increase my energy level and help me lose some weight. I guess we’ll see.

Paint – I have a few scenes in my head that I need to get on canvas. I must make this happen this year.

In keeping with the first item, that is all there is to my list. What about you? What do you hope to accomplish before the ball drops on 2013?

7 thoughts on “My 2013 Ball Drop List”
  1. I have a few writing ones including your second item, and trying to write the manuscript to my first novel (which may or may not be end up being any good but so far I’ve lacked the stamina to even get anything down).

    1. Hi Lee-Ann,

      Get that first draft done! (I’m not really one to encourage here as I have two half-finished manuscripts that I need to complete.)

      And let me be the first to volunteer as a beta reader when you get that novel ready for beta. 🙂

    1. I had not even considered that, but you’ve got me thinking. I do not consider myself a very good painter, so sharing some would be challenging. Maybe that’s a challenge I need, though. Hmmm.

  2. This last year was the first one in over a decade that I didn’t write down goals. Oh I had em’. It just seemed that the list was becoming more important to me than the heart that the important things should be written on.

    I could add all of your items to my list, except the painting, but that would be a little creepy.

    The main goal for me this year is the same one that I did this year; Do an in depth Bible study on a particular verse every week and sometimes an in depth subject that can’t be restricted to a time. That action has helped me to keep things in perspective a little bit better, not that I’ve arrived, but when we seek God first all the other things seem to fall into place.

    Great list, you got me thinking. Happy New Year!

    1. Happy New Year, Floyd. I hope you continue to blog this year as much as you did last year and I hope 2013 is a great one for you and your family.

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