Another Year Over (A New One’s Just Begun)

For the upcoming New Year, it is traditional to come up with a set of resolutions, and it is even more traditional to ignore them after the first few weeks of January. I decided to compose my own list of actually achievable goals (and no, weight loss is not one of them).

1. Enjoy more pajama days

2. Stop seeing people I could get to know wearing the faces of those that have hurt me

3. Be less embarrassed by how much I love fangirly things

4. Hear the “I love you” in my lover’s hands/voice/eyes even if he doesn’t say it outright

5. Try and get out of bed within the first hour of waking up

6. Trust in what I know and don’t be afraid of what I don’t

7. Go for more walks

8. Tell the people I love “I love you” as if they’ve never heard it before

9. Breathe

10. Write every day, even if it’s just the line of a memo

11. Have that second slice of pie (I could be hit by a bus later)

12. Fall even more in love with the space I’ve created for myself and the world I’m surrounded by

13. Catch up on Doctor Who (and Supernatural and Sherlock and Teen Wolf)

And, lastly:

14. Remember that happiness isn’t the end goal; it’s a constant process


Published by Ren Martinez

Ren is a thirty-something Lost Boy whose personal aesthetic is “suspected of witchcraft by local villagers.” She subscribes to cheerful nihilism, the destruction of the patriarchy, and the belief that glitter makes everything better. She is a Richmond-based writer and performer who has fiction and non-fiction work found in a variety of publications, such as The Mary Sue, RVA Magazine, The Quotable, and Nostrovia Press. She is currently the fiction editor and a regular contributor at Quail Bell Magazine. She is also the co-host of the podcast, This F***ing Guy! Find out more at or read her dumbass tweets on Twitter @itsrenmartinez

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