Muslim Girl in America

I'm an American girl, born and raised, and a Muslim.

Resolutions

on December 31, 2013

It’s the end of another year, and another time for reflection. We always have such lofty goals when each new year rolls around. Last year, my goal was to publish my first story (I published 3!), graduate (done!), get a new full-time job (success!), grow my business (one business ended and another begun), and to get engaged/married (…). Well, 3 out of 5 isn’t bad – I’m over halfway to my goal! And I’ve got less than 12 hours for the other two. Though, perhaps it’s best to push these to next year.

These past few weeks, I’ve been especially contemplative. I received a review for my first story (only 1 star, but it seemed they really didn’t read the description before buying) which was discouraging. A lot of people tried to discourage me this year, and I know they’ll likely try to do the same next year. People have tried to change me, to harm me, to harass me. But their discouraging words and actions have only made me a stronger, more confident person.

And though I am still unmarried, I have gone out and tried to meet new people. I’ve met some creeps, some weirdos, some control freaks, some major jerks, and some nice guys that just weren’t the one.  I’m hoping 2014 will be my year, both personally and professionally.

We often procrastinate. We put things off for another day and another moment, but then, before we know it, it’s New Year’s Eve again. There are a lot of reasons why people don’t keep their resolutions. In the past, for me, the main reason was abstractness; I would make the lofty statements (e.g., publishing my first short story) but without a realistic plan to get there. Well, this year, I did set realistic expectations and goals, and I stuck by them.

We (at least I) deal with deadlines in my full-time job all the time. So, we don’t always want to deal with deadlines when we get home, and our plans get pushed back. The weight loss we’d planned, the story we’d wanted to publish are pushed back month by month and, as John Lennon once said, “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans”. But this year, I made realistic plans and I held myself to them and to my deadlines, and so did others.

Some of my best resolution-keeping helpers have been you, readers of my MGA blog, and those who have read my work and tell me to keep going. It’s because of you that I keep writing blog posts and sharing bits about my life. If there’s anything you’d like to see me write about in 2014, don’t hesitate to let me know in the comments below.

So to you, my lovely readers, I say THANK YOU and I wish you all a successful, healthy, happy, and prosperous 2014.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

(And thanks for reading)

-M

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