Resolved: 2011 [The Very Best of FaN]

Ernessa says: Yay! Well, New Year’s Eve is my favorite holiday and my favorite holiday activity is making my New Year’s Resolutions. But in order to do that, it’s good to review how you did the year before. So out of the 11 bulletpoint resolution list that I made last year, I accomplished 5 items. But those 5 items we’re fully awse. So I didn’t quite finish my second novel (life got in the way) or get pregnant again (touring got in the way) or go to the Maui Writing Conference (it was cancelled — dang recession), but I did start flossing regularly, promote the heck out of 32 CANDLES, stop cursing (in IRL at least), go to Scotland (and France — what-what!), and them 40 pounds are gonezo, yo! Also, for the fifth year in a row, I’m naming the closing year the Best One Ever. I can’t complain.

But I can make another skies-the-limit list for 2011: 1. Start a business outside of writing (more on that later) 2. Take at least two art classes. 3. Finish rewriting AWESOME GIRLS GUIDE TO DATING EXTRAORDINARY MEN and sell it. 4. Self-publish something (not sure what yet). 5. Get pregnant. 6. Have a healthy pregnancy (which means exercising throughout and not sticking to a random diet that consists mostly of hot wings, gourmet olives and pancakes. 7. Acquire a co-editor for Fierce and Nerdy (more on that later). 8. Get through the first draft rewrite of my third novel. 9. Relearn frugality and how to stick to a modest budget (my Amazon and Anthropologie bills were getting out of control!), and 10. Read 52 more books next year.

We’ll hook up next year to discuss how it all went. Til then, here’s a round-up of what we’re hoping to make happen in 2011. And do let us know what you’ve got planned for 2011 in the comments.

I’ve Got Your Goals Right Here … Most of Which Are The Same As Last Year


Date more, lose weight, work out, travel more, enjoy myself more and to be on time. Didn’t progress much on last year’s resolutions, starting again this year.

Alex and Emmy from Dating Ell-A

Drink more, gain weight, same as last year. I did phenomenally in 2010 — I can only hope to do so well again.

Amy Brown from Book Simple

In 2011, I resolve to be happy.  Also, I will finish the second, then third draft of my NaNoWriMo novel, workshop it, make it shiny and get an agent for it.  Since I hermited most of 2010, I resolve to be more social and make new friends. Most importantly, meditate every day, exercise as much as I can, eat well, show my husband how much I love him daily and just be happy.

I accomplished my 2010 goal of losing 10 lbs thanks to the doctor who made me stop eating and later, to food poisoning.  Now I’m skinny!  Whee!!  I also wanted to finish my first draft of my novel.  Which I did on NaNoWriMo, so hurray.  2010 was an okay, mellow year.

Amy Robinson from Tall Drink of Nerd

I’m gonna stick with the basics- driving, anger management, not sweating when I eat. Most importantly, though, is to remember to follow the Golden Rule and Loathe my Neighbor as I do Myself.

Eric Sims from California Seething

I don’t remember making 2010 resolutions, but every to do list I’ve written this year has started with the same three things: get a job, lose weight, finish novel. So I guess my New Years Resolutions for 2011 will be, keep my job, lose weight, finish novel.

Gudrun Cram-Drach from Secret Life of an Expat

Last year I vowed to keep getting in shape, and this year I successfully completed several races with increasing distance. So now that I made myself healthy, I think this year I should get health insurance. Which means steady employment. We’ll see.

Joe Rusin from On the Contrary

My resolutions for 2011 are eerily similar to those of 2010 which tells you how well I did on those.  But, part of being an optimist is never giving up. So, for 2011 I resolve to:  Eat less.  Exercise more.  Finish that screenplay and direct that short film. That should do it.  Have a Happy 2011 everybody.

Josh Pullin from Stay At Home Nerd

My resolution is to have better penmanship. I need to sign my name better! I also need to write my thank you notes for my orders neater, so you can tell what it says. I need to be a better pen pal and send letters in a reasonable amount of time. I used to be so good at this!

Missy Kulik from Dork Lifestyle

My 2011 goals:

Write one new novel, one new screenplay, and shoot one short film.
Volunteer two days per month.
Limit news/political intake to 15 minutes per day.
My goal for 2010 was to complete a novel, which I did do. Now, I have to write one that someone else might want to read!

R.B. Ripley from The Indie Chronicles

My 2011 resolution is write more material for Fierce and Nerdy. My 2010 resolution was to convince all of my FaN readers to buy a copy of my graphic novel, HELL HOUSE: The Awakening. If you haven’t yet purchased a copy, there’s still time to help me fulfill my resolution. Just click HERE.

Ryan Dixon from The Ryan Dixon Line and FIERCE ANTICIPATION

Well, my resolution from 2009 to quit smoking worked. I am still smoke free after two years! My resolution for 2010 to be more organized has also taken a turn for the better and I have spent time this year cleaning out the old, organizing things and just generally being better about “keeping up.”

This year’s resolution is to change my eating habits for the better. I know everyone makes diet plans and all sorts of lame attempts at a resolution in regards to weight, but I think if I do this simply to start out with, this resolution could build into something life changing. I am going to start at the source this year, and change what I put into my body. I am not saying it is all gonna be rabbit food and water in 2011, I am a realist, but I do need to start working towards making more healthy choices. I’m now on this side of 30 and that metabolism isn’t getting any younger.

Zack Bunker from Tall Glass of Shame

Let’s Get Spiritual

I don’t remember if I did one last year, so I have no progress report on last years.  This year I have no resolution.  I try to make small goals in my life day by day and always try to evolve into a better human being.

Debra Goykhman from NewlyNested

I don’t generally make them annually, but feel I’m always resolving to better myself in some capacity.  I know I need to work on consistently not overloading myself.   I am launching my freelance event production company in January. Not sure how that fits into the “not overloading myself” resolution…Talk to me in 2012.

Kelli Bielema from Fierce in Seattle

Authenticity. That’s generally all I ask of myself and I do pretty well with it.

Dr. Miro Guldesky from Ask Dr. Miro

I hate resolutions.  I rarely, if ever, can keep them.  I always have these grandiose plans about exercising, losing weight, etc.  The only resolution I managed to keep in 2010 was flossing everyday.  So this year I am going to keep it simple…sort of.  In 2011 I resolve to seek happiness…even in the face of a job that I am no longer in love with, depression that accompanies falling out of love with your career, weight gain and stretch marks from my second child, etc.  Happiness because I have a job, because I have a husband who loves me and two beautiful children, because I have a mother who is healthier than she has been in years and a brother who is always in my corner…happiness just because.

Monique King-Viehland from Political Physics

2011: Be more mindful, in every way, from my writing to my relationships, to my health both physical and mental.  Last year I was more specific, this year it is less about the end product and more about being present.

Roya Hamadani from Fierce Foodie

The “I Don’t Make Resolutions” Crowd

I don’t do resolutions. I believe in taking care of things as they come up, so a New Years resolution is just a way of postponing something you should be doing now.

CH from Buy Me This

I never make resolutions. That’s not taking the cheap way out.  It’s just when I set my mind to do something , I do it, no matter what time of the year.

Jersey Joe from Kicking Back With Jersey Joe

I never make resolutions.

Kelly Lett from Nerd In Transition

I don’t really do resolutions.  But if anyone would like to resolve something on my behalf, please feel free.

Michael Kass from Single White Nerd

2011 Bullseye Credit: rajatt2010

2011 featured image (and mood photo) credit: [ Mooi ]

2o11 snow credit: Marc Wathieu