2010 Could Mark Your Most Critical Census Year

After an overbooked schedule with extended family in Indiana for Christmas and New Years, our family is back in Colorado–and it’s time to get on with 2010. A friend made the comment, “Twenty-ten has a nice ring to it.” I agree. Do you?

2010 marks a census year in the United States–time to organize and update the details of the populace. Quite an undertaking to count the 300+ million people living within the borders and compile the demographics into useful data. The work will pay off, providing information critical to re-focusing our government’s lens on the people it is meant to serve (yes, that sounds more optimistic than realistic).

Have you considered organizing a census of the details of your own life in 2010? When was the last time you took a hard look at where you’ve been, where you are, and where you’re heading? Where do you want to be now? Tomorrow?

Aside from family priorities, my number one goal for 2010 is to write more. And if a writer is to live by the principle “Great writers are great readers,” then maybe writing should fall to number two and reading should climb to the top.

I received many wonderful books for Christmas, in addition to gift cards for Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. From the picture below, I’m without excuse to avoid good books for the next few months.

That book list includes classics I’ve never read, such as Jack London’s Call of the Wild and The Hidden Hand by E.D.E.N. Southworth, to newer novels like Travis Thrasher’s Every Breath You Take and Stephen King’s Under the Dome. I was the 38th person to order Thrasher’s new book, which landed me an autographed copy. Pretty cool.  🙂

Others on my 2010 reading list are books on writing itself, such as Sol Stein’s How to Grow A Novel and Stephen King’s On Writing. So much to learn. *sigh*

Hmmm…where was I? Okay, reading…number one. Writing…number two. Ah, yes, number three…outside growth opportunities.

In February, I will attend the 2010 Christian Writers Guild annual conference in Denver. More to come on that. Another goal is publishing a few articles I’m writing. Hopefully more to come on that as well.

What does your personal census reveal? Where will you re-focus and invest yourself in 2010? Better get started. You’ve less than 12 months!

3 thoughts on “2010 Could Mark Your Most Critical Census Year

  1. K.M.–I think my appetite is still recovering from the Christmas feasts. It took me a week and a half to digest the first book on my 2010 reading list! Hmmm…what to select for my second course? 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.


  2. One of my goals is to read; which was also my goal in 2009 and aside from cookbooks, I only read 1/2 of a book! So shameful! I have so many books on the shelf that I’ve never turned the first page of. I decided about two weeks ago that I would start chipping away at those books and watching less reality tv in the evenings. I also get Time magazine, Real Simple and Garden Gate and want to spend more time getting and using information out of them instead of throwing them into a basket. I’m also planning on trying to make two quilts this year (my kind of quilts, not the church lady kind). Oh, and I want to make Julia Child’s Boeuf Bourguignon. Baby steps…


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