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I Did It!

Jessica Hagy

The jig is up. In the waning light of 2012, and before I walk into the fog of New Year promise, I'm taking stock and admitting that: 

1. I'm not going to write every day.

2. I'm not going to lose 10 pounds.

3. I won't run daily, give up sugar, or grow nicer, kinder, and more patient.

As the new year nears I dread those well intentioned, high-octaned, and, ultimately, short-lived resolutions to live more! do more! be more! Can we just jump ahead to March when all those commitments are distant (and, admit it, painful) memories?

This year, instead of resolutions, I'm doing the I Did It list. This brilliant idea is the work of writer Lisa Romeo, who says: "It's my small act of defiance against all the emotionally upsetting lists we humans tend to mentally make as the year draws to a close: the one that ticks off the things we failed to do all year. . . As writers we tend to see our writing year as a finite lot of things not yet achieved instead of a valuable step along an infinitely curvy road. Give yourself a break. Please."

I like her style. I'm starting my Did It list now.

How about you? Did you take a class? teach a class? write a poem? start a novel? join a writing group? Write it down! You might be surprised and heartened by all you've accomplished.


Reader Comments (11)

So glad to have been of some inspiration to you, Drew! Happy 2013.

December 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLisa Romeo

Great idea! I think I will follow your lead and stay focused on the good that is.

January 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl

Nice to see you here, Cheryl. Thanks for reading and responding -- and happy new year!

January 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDrew

Thank YOU.
Your "I Did It" list is really resounding with many writers. I'm just happy to share the idea.

January 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDrew

I LOVE this idea. I took a Spanish class and ran a marathon. woo hoo

January 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHallie

Hallie -
Woohoo, indeed.
Congratulations on running (and finishing!) the marathon, learning a new language, AND getting your short stories published. You had a great year, and I'm eager to see what's next for you. : )

January 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDrew

I love this idea! Far more gratifying and inspirational than the annual " have to" resolution.

January 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCindi

Cindi, so far it's working for me. It feels good to begin the year with a feel-good instead of a feel-should. : )

January 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDrew

I really like this idea!

January 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHannah Stephenson

What a great idea! I'm going to make my I Did It list...... as soon as the kids go back to school. I love the graphic. Also, I'm right there with you about all the things you're not going to do. Yeah, I'm not going to do that stuff either.

January 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMolly Spencer


Let's not do a lot of things, and really well.

: )

January 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDrew

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