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One Goal for 2011

I didn’t think I’d have any particular goals this year, other than the ones I normally make throughout the year. My reading time is slim, so I didn’t want to make any reading goals, such as the number of books I’ll read. While I want to continue reading deliberately, I also have to realize that there’s going to be more fluff in my reading than there normally might.

So after I read this quote that I’ll paste at the bottom of this post (over at Smoothpebble), I realized that there’s been something pinging around in my brain for a while, and I took it out and decided to make it my inspiration for the year:


I want to live harder, love harder, write harder, read harder. You could replace harder with ‘be more passionate’, I suppose, but I like the feeling that harder invokes. Sometimes I take a child and hug them as hard as I can. I make a joke out of it by grunting and turning red. They love it. So instead of joking about it, I’m going to do it. I’m going to hug harder. I’m going to love my husband harder. I’m going to write harder.

And this was all inspired by this:

“Advice? I don’t have advice. Stop aspiring and start writing. If you’re writing, you’re a writer. Write like you’re a goddamn death row inmate and the governor is out of the country and there’s no chance for a pardon. Write like you’re clinging to the edge of a cliff, white knuckles, on your last breath, and you’ve got just one last thing to say, like you’re a bird flying over us and you can see everything, and please, for God’s sake, tell us something that will save us from ourselves. Take a deep breath and tell us your deepest, darkest secret, so we can wipe our brow and know that we’re not alone. Write like you have a message from the king. Or don’t. Who knows, maybe you’re one of the lucky ones who doesn’t have to.” — Alan Watts


17 Responses to “One Goal for 2011”

  1. Jennifer-Girls Gone Reading ()

    Thanks for sharing this quote. Harder might be my goal for the year as well, and I am always looking for inspiration. Thanks for starting my day with some great motivation.


  2. zibilee ()

    I love these quotes and they inspire me so much! I am a writer, but I have been so afraid to practice my writing because I fear I will fail. These quotes make me feel like I should just do it, and do it passionately. What a great message for me to hear right now. Thanks so much for sharing it with me, Trish!


  3. jackie

    Good Morning Trish,
    I’m completely flattered that you still have time to read me occasionally! I love the picture you paint of hugging a child – we used to call those bear hugs around here. Personally I think you’ve been living by this goal more than you realize, even prior to 2011!


  4. Melissa Sarno ()

    Perfect quote. I think that is a terrific goal. Although just thinking of doing everything harder sounds exhausting! 😉


  5. Jen Forbus ()

    What a great idea, Trish. I think we could all benefit from “Harder.”


  6. Florinda ()

    Great goal – and a great quote, although I have to admit it made me think of Yoda: “Do or do not. There is no ‘try.'”


  7. Kathleen

    Great quote and thanks for sharing!


  8. Shelly Burns ()

    I love it, the quote and your goal! You go, girl!!!


  9. Heather Rosdol ()

    That is an incredibly inspiring quote and it gets to the nitty gritty of it!

    I love it and I’m going to write it out and tack it to the wall so I can see it every day when I wake up in the morning!

    Thanks for that!



  10. Suzanne

    Thanks for the quote – for weeks I’ve been trying to talk myself into getting serious about writing a book this year. I think it was just the impetus to get me started!



  11. Ivy ()

    Love what you said about live harder, love harder (which could be a problem depending upon who it is – some folks just don’t deserve it and others deserve more), and most importantly writer harder!!! I am going to swallow those words and keep them where it matters – my heart and makea commitment to day to do it! Thanks!


  12. nat @book, line, and sinker

    sounds like a good plan, trish. living deliberately is the best way to live! hope 2011 is wonderful for you and your hubby.


  13. Beth F ()

    That’s a goal everyone should work toward.


  14. Lisa

    It sounds like you have a great resolution for 2011! And I love the quote!


  15. jennygirl

    Sounds like a pretty good goal to me. I think sometimes we get wrapped up in the silly daily things and forget what is really important to us. Harder I think reminds us and covers it 🙂


  16. bookworm

    great quote and nice post! hugging harder is always a nice thing to do 🙂


  17. Sheila DeChantal ()

    That quote needs to go on the wall of my reading room. Wow – talk about a virtual kick in the butt…. oh wait, write harder? Then it is a virtual kick in the ass….. one that I need, 🙂


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