Sunday, January 01, 2006

A New Friend and an Old Enemy

My new friend is HTML.

No, I'm not kidding. I never thought I would get into this stuff, and I know I have barely begun to scratch the surface of the HTML world, but there is something profoundly satisfying with figuring out how something works and then seeing it on the screen.

I've tinkered with the template of this blog a little and actually figured quite a bit out. That's huge for a girl who has resisted understanding the mechanics of programming despite being marriend to a computer guru.

My husbands thinks it's funny. Today I treated myself to a book—HTML for the World Wide Web. He really thought that was funny.

Now for the Old Enemy.

What could that be, you ask? Hmmm, could it be? Why yes, it's...Goals. They're actually not my enemy. Goals are good. Goals are my friends. Goals have an uncanny way of motivating one to get something done out of the fear of himiliation.

It's just that this year, the push to have them is intense. Everyone's talking about them, writing them down and posting them on their blogs. Frankly, it's driving me nuts!

But to be perfectly honest, I think the problem lies within me. You see, I'm resisting. Did you figure that one out already? Well, you could have let me in on the secret.

Alright, I give. Without further ado or delay, here are my goals for 2006. Give me a moment while I find a seat on this goal-bound bandwagon.

Writing Goals:

Goal #1: Finish current WIP by January 31st.
Are your eyes rolling? Mine rolled up into my head as I passed out at the thought of this one. This is truly a God thing. Let's see what He does with it.

Goal #2: Read more and faster.
I have a very large to-be-read stack. I want to read one fiction book per week and two craft books per month.

Goal #3: Follow a daily schedule.
Creat a daily schedule, breaking down my time into the following categories: writing, critiquing, studying and marketing.

Personal Goals:

Goal #1: Be addicted to Jesus.
Goal #2: To be revealed at the end of my current Bible study, Thin Within.
Goal #3: Read goal number two. You get the idea.
Goal #4: Study God's Word through my women's ministry at church, my own studies of the books of the Bible, and/or study guides and books.
Goal #5: Remember Goal #1.

(Big sigh)

There, I did it. Am I nuts or what? See the comment button down there? Come join the peanut gallery.


Robin Caroll said...

GREAT goals, D....and know they're just that...GOALS.....not written in stone!

Camy Tang said...

See, that wasn't so bad! Besides, if you miss a goal, who cares? You think the Goal Police are going to beat down your door? Well, Robin might, but that's another story... ;)


Heather Diane Tipton said...

Ditto what the two whackjobs said!

Seriously Neenie, you can do this. It's in you to do it. God has you right where He wants you...

A friend of mine has this quote up on her blog today.. I don't remember who said it and I'm too lazy to go look...

"Here we are, right here, right now, in EXACTLY the right place, on the perfect launching pad for our biggest, wildest, most glorious hearts' desires."

I'm here with you Neen. Don't freak, don't stress... lean on the Lord... and take advantage of the wonderful friends you have.

Jennifer Tiszai said...

Hey, a lot of your goals look suspiciously like mine, which I'm NOT posting.

Now, don't forget to think about how you're going to reward yourself when you complete them. That's the best part!

Lynetta said...

I can totally relate to dipping into html and getting excited over it, all the while having a computer-genius-hubby.

Great goals and kudos for publishing them! I don't think I'm that brave yet.

Jeff said...

Great goals, Dineen. :)

Allen said...

The goals are awesome...but Im not too sure about that HTML thing for you. Just make sure you wrap your skull in duct tape so when it explodes, the pieces all stay together. HTML is something that will drag you into it and you wont get out...LOL. Seriously, I love working in straight HTML code as I used to design websites for a living when we didnt HAVE Dreamweaver and Front ALL of our pages were built by hand, from scratch using HTML and JavaScript...

:-)Ronie said...

Wonderful goals, Neen! I can't wait to see what God is going to do with them, too!!

Pammer said...

Love the goals. Especially being addicted to Jesus. I think I may take that one on myself.


Heather Smith said...

I understand what you're talking about. Its hard to put your goals out there for others to see. If you don't say them out loud, no one else knows you failed. I just faced this demon myself a few weeks ago. make sure I keep up with those goals. Check out my blog to see what my big goal is for the next 90 days!

kc said...

Hi Dineen.
I got your blog addy from the ACFW loop. Very cute!
I especially love this entry. I am currently html challenged, but am working on it as well. I don't think I'll ever get it.
Also, where can I get one of those WIP progress indicators? That is way cool. Email me.
Well, God bless you in your endeavors.