– Hilary Thompson
– Attended UtopYA in 2014 and has tickets for 2015
Resolutions are something I make most years – sometimes at the traditional New Year’s time, and often in early August, before my teaching year starts.
But now I have a new event to mark my progress – UtopYA! 2014 was my first time at the conference, but I’ve already booked my tickets for next year! So in the spirit of resolutions, here are my resolutions for the coming months.
- Lose Weight
We’re talking emotional baggage here. I want to keep looking at the big picture –long range. I recently did an event at our local library, and three people showed up. Two of them were my parents. I could have been depressed or angry at the library for not following through on advertising. But that is extra weight. Those negative emotions weigh me down and often can keep me from moving forward in writing. So instead I focused on the one new person I met – turns out she teaches a 12-step program to self-publish, and she invited me to speak at one of her classes. Talk about light enough to soar!
- Travel More
Going to UtopYA made me realize that I need real, face-to-face interaction with people in the industry, as well as readers. So I’ve been actively looking for places to go – conferences, signings, speeches. Whether it’s for a local school or book club, or a national conference, I hope to do a new event at least every two months over the next year.
This fits with the UtopYA motto “lift as you climb,” but it also goes along with my goal to travel more. I want to reach young writers – I have the ability to do this as a teacher, but now that I’ve published a book, I have a whole new set of experiences to share. I don’t plan to get paid for all of my events. I don’t even count on selling books there. I want to help others reach their own dreams. There’s enough room for everyone!
Yes, I need to get on the treadmill again. But this one is about finding and forcing time to write in an already-packed schedule. We all have commitments outside of writing, and too often we let those commitments become more important, crowding out the activity that makes up our heart and soul. But just like runners get a physical high from a race, I get an emotional high from writing sprints, finishing word count goals, or simply getting my ideas out of the ether and onto the page.
I hope you join me in making your own goals and resolutions for UtopYA next year – what you’re doing is important and it’s worth it, because it makes you happy. Thanks for reading. Now get back to work!
About the UtopYAn:
Hilary Thompson was born to parents who made a habit of taking roads less traveled. But she was also a Libra, a first child, and an independent, willful child, so she has made a habit of taking a few roads on her own.
After trying on hats made for artists, architects, restaurant and retail workers, landscape designers, legal secretaries, and professional students, she retreated back to her first loves of education and writing.
Hilary now teaches high school full time, writes whenever and wherever she can, and reads as much as her eyes can handle. She also tries not to spoil her own independent, willful children or neglect her wonderful soul-mate of a husband too much. She tends to ignore laundry baskets and dirty dishes.
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Thank you so much for stopping by the Paisley Reader to read Hilary’s resolutions for UtopYA2015! Next week K.C. Neal will be over on Book Junkie: Not-So-Anonymous sharing her resolutions and check back on the Paisley Reader the week after for Stacie Wilson’s resolutions.
Missed any previous resolutions? Check them out!