Setting goals for 2013

Happy 2013 How was everyone’s New Year’s Eve? Did you spend it doing something exciting? I was in Cardiff, Wales, visiting friends but sadly Santa brought me a nasty cold for Christmas, so I spent NYE in our friends’ guest bed curled around my pillow as my body produced things I hope I never see again.

I don’t know about you, but I always find it a bit depressing when the holidays end. Colds don’t help.

One thing I love about this time of year, though, is thinking about the exciting things to come and writing down my goals for the year. “Resolution” sounds a bit too…um, resolved for me. The fact is, I do much better when I think of these as goals.

I managed to accomplish many of 2012’s writing goals:

  • I finished revising (and sold! Bonus!) Knowing the Score.
  • I judged the Golden Heart contest and entered a few others (and got an agent through one!).
  • I went to RWA Nationals and pitched to agents and editors – which led to a publication deal!
  • I built myself a website (you’re looking at it).
  • I continued growing my blog and social media conversations (thank you all for getting involved!).
  • I kept track of the books I read on Goodreads until summer, but then I got too busy and stopped. Whoops.

This year I’m going to keep my goals simple because I have two life-changing events coming up – having a baby and getting published – and I want to nurture both of these areas of my life without losing my mind in the process.

So here are my goals for 2013:

  • Have a baby and give her all the love and cuddles she can handle. Do it without turning into a crazy frantic woman.
  • Go through the publishing process with Carina Press for Knowing the Score and come up with a good marketing plan for it – again, minus the crazy frantic woman.
  • Write two more novels.

What are your goals or resolutions for 2013? How did you do with last year’s resolutions?

I hope you have all the success in the world in 2013!

By Kat

Kat Latham writes sexy contemporary romance, including the London Legends rugby series. With degrees in English lit and human rights, she loves stories that reflect the depth, humor and emotion of real life. She's a California girl living in the Netherlands with her baby girl and British husband.


  1. Kat,

    Happy New Year and best wishes for a productive 2013!
    I haven’t made any resolutions in ages. They rarely work for me.

    1. I know what you mean, Natalija. One year I made fun resolutions (like “take surfing lessons”), instead of focusing on things I wanted to improve about myself. That ended up being a fun year, even if I did end up swallowing a lot of the Pacific ocean. 🙂

  2. Happy New Year! I never made goals last year. This year, I want to do some form of exercise every day. It had been 2nd nature to me to at least take a walk every day up until I started a 2nd job in August. Between that & driving my daughter to activities in the evening, I never seem to find time or I am too tired. My weight has suffered. LOL! So, that is my goal. Hope you feel better!

    1. Great goal, Sharlene! A daily walk is a wonderful thing. Hopefully you’ll be able to carve time out of your hectic schedule to do it!

  3. Best wishes for the new year. You’ve got two amazing events to look forward to! My goal is to “semi” retire. I keep saying I’m going to work less (I’m a contractor and my goal is to only work 6 months per year) but I keep getting sucked into projects that last far longer than they were originally supposed to.

    1. Ooh, what a wonderful goal if you can stick to it! And I hope the projects you take on are at least fun, if they’re going to last longer than they should!

  4. Am sorry you are sick. Feel Better soon. Now you can do the baby arrival count down. And I think you should let your blog fans pick her name. LOL..

    I usually don’t make any goals. Am no longer working and my goals is to relax and have fun,..

    1. Patoct, I’ll run your idea past Smarty Pants and see what he thinks! 😉

      Relaxing and having fun are two great goals. My fingers are crossed that you’ll achieve them all year long!

  5. My husband and daughter both got sick and we missed a baptism but were able to make dinner and a movie for New Year’s Eve. I hope you’re feeling better now!! I resolve to spend less time on the computer and more time reading. There’s too many wonderful books out there! Happy New Year everyone.

    1. I’m sorry illness plagued your family too, catslady. It’s definitely that time of year! I’m doing better, thank you. Smarty Pants and my friends have taken good care of me. 🙂

      Excellent resolutions, and I wish you the best of luck achieving them! We can never spend too much time lost in a good book, I think.

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