However, as soon as Christmas Day itself and the day after (Boxing Day to the English world and my youngest son's birthday in my little world) are over, I start to look toward the upcoming year.
I admit it now: I love to plan. Laying out how long a lesson should last, putting together a nine week plan is one of my favorite parts of teaching. Laying out a plot is one of my favorite parts of writing. And making resolutions is one of my favorite parts of the holiday season.
Resolutions for me are guideposts for where I want to go in the year ahead. I ask myself what I want to accomplish before the upcoming year turns old, who I want to be. Then I draft a list of goals that invariably would make me far thinner and smarter, my finances much more orderly, and my house sparkling clean were I to stick to my resolutions as resolutely as I should.