Don’t Bother With Resolutions–Set Goals

In many people’s minds, there may not be much of a difference between setting resolutions  and setting goals, but I think there is. Resolutions sound more like a do or die thing to me. Whereas, goals are something that we can do over a period of time, making progress on them, without pressuring ourselves as much.

I categorize my goals as being either small or big. My big goal  is to have my new poetry book, Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing, out in the marketplace by March 1.  It includes poems of many forms, not just haiku and senryu, as my previous title, Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All. You’ll be hearing more about this book soon! Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing will be my seventh title. Watch for it!

As for small goals, I have set up another exhibit of  my illustrated poetry that follows the last one at the Glenview Park District in Glenview, Illinois.  I have another set of pieces exhibited there that will run through March 31.GetAttachmentThumbnail

Recently, the Illinois State Poetry Society  was kind enough to feature news about my exhibits in its newsletter and to run samples of the illustrated poetry. Haiku with art is called “haiga” in Japanese. That’s what I run.

Continuing with my  year ’round exhibits is a small goal that I have. Another small goal is continuing with my poetry column, “Creatively Versed,” that runs in a local lifestyle magazine, Winnetka Living.  (I live in Illinois.)  I select poets to be featured in my column and run one of their poems tying it into a particular theme. It’s been rewarding to network with poets, and give back to the poetry world. Poets are mighty!

As for this blog. I have a new goal. I will regularly feature poetry of various forms for all to enjoy, not just haiku and senryu. And, rather than just run winter poems in winter, spring poems in spring, etc.,  I will run poetry of all seasons year ’round. Therefore, wherever you live in this wide world, you’ll see poems of your current season, not just of my season!

In February, my blog will mark its fifth anniversary. That means, you won’t have missed a day of haiku in five years! Truthfully, when I started my blog, I didn’t have a goal as to how long it would run. But, coming up on five years, I now have a goal to keep it running for as long as I am “running.” I’ve decided to keep it going, because so many of you tell me you enjoy it and look forward to it each day, and because I pick up new followers each month.

I must say, in general, that if you don’t set any goals for yourselves, life can get pretty boring. Each year of my life, I have set personal and professional goals. Life just isn’t interesting without them.

Make it a good year, and set some goals, no matter how small or big!

Best Wishes,

Charlotte Digregorio


About Charlotte Digregorio

I publish books. I have marketed and/or published 55 titles. These books are sold in 46 countries to bookstores, libraries, universities, professional organizations, government agencies, and book clubs. In 2018, I was honored by the Governor of Illinois for my thirty-eight years of accomplishments in the literary arts, and my work to promote and advance the field by educating adults and students alike. I am the author of seven books including: Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All; Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Homes; You Can Be A Columnist; Beginners' Guide to Writing & Selling Quality Features; Your Original Personal Ad; and my latest, Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing. The first four books have been adopted as supplemental texts at universities throughout the U.S., Canada, India, Pakistan, and Catalonia. They are sold in 43 countries, and are displayed in major metropolitan cultural centers. These books have been reviewed, recommended, and praised by hundreds of critics, librarians, and professors worldwide. I am also the author of a poetry collection: "Shadows of Seasons: Selected Haiku and Senryu by Charlotte Digregorio." Two of my books have been Featured Selections of Writer's Digest Book Club. I am regularly interviewed by major print, radio, and television organizations throughout the U.S. I regularly sign books at libraries, chain bookstores, and university bookstores, and do poetry readings at art centers, cafes, tea houses, and galleries. I was recently nominated for two Pushcart Prizes in poetry. I have won fifty-nine poetry awards, writing fourteen poetic forms. My poetry has been translated into eight languages. I do illustrated solo poetry exhibits 365 days a year in libraries, galleries, corporate buildings, hospitals, convention centers, and other venues. My individual poems have been displayed at supermarkets, apparel and wine shops, banks, botanic gardens, restaurants, and on public transit. I have been nominated and listed in "The International Authors and Writers Who's Who" in Cambridge, England and in the "Who's Who In Writers, Editors & Poets U.S./Canada." I hosted my own radio program, "Poetry Beat," on public broadcasting. My poetry has been featured on several library web sites including those of Shreve Memorial Library in Louisiana and Cornell University's Mann Library. My background includes positions as a feature editor and columnist at daily newspapers and as a magazine editor. I have been a public relations director for a non-profit organization. I am self-employed as a public relations/marketing consultant, having served a total of 118 clients in 23 states for the past several decades . In other professional areas, I have been on university faculties, teaching French, Italian, and Writing. I regularly give lectures and workshops on publishing, journalism, publicity, poetry, and creativity to business and professional groups, and at writer's conferences, universities, literary festivals, non-profit organizations, and libraries. I have been a writer-in-residence at universities. There have been about 400 articles written about me in the media. I have served on the Boards of writers and publishers organizations. My positions have included Board Secretary of the Northwest Association of Book Publishers. I served for five years as Midwest Regional Coordinator of The Haiku Society of America, and for two years as its Second Vice President.
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19 Responses to Don’t Bother With Resolutions–Set Goals

  1. Agree. Create a generic attitude to deal with all things rather than specific this or that’s. With practice the attitude takes over and we no longer have to remember all the this and that’s.

  2. haikutec says:

    Dear Charlotte,

    Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing, plus all your other developments and goals are exciting!

    Your new book reminds me of a great private Twitter convo with someone I realise could make a great blog editor, and about the positive side of things around the practice of haiku. It’ll be non-academic and accessible, and in a powerful way.

    What was also great, was that during my two Twitter convos with people, that Karen and myself got a booking for a live haiku workshop, and it’ll be with a different kind of audience again, not necessarily poets, or regular poets etc… A little like our Bristol Museum live workshop, where more things are in the pipeline, and we’ve been sending out newsletters and there’ll be one at the end of this month.

    Also another really exciting development later this year, which will be very different from the regular haiku events again! So our goal is more outreach to people who can geographically meet us, and not find haiku intimidating for various reasons.

    Goals are imperative, otherwise we are not open to learning, in my opinion, and it gets seriously close to a person or a group becoming a closed shop, yikes! 🙂

    I always go back to the start, as in restart myself, each year, and learn from people of all walks, not just poets, and the ever changing dynamics of society.

    So you sound like you have yet another year of exciting projects! 🙂

    As “Call of the Page” both Karen and myself reach out to people in various corners of the world, and occasionally get to meet them on Skype or even in person! We’d also like to be able to meet more UK poets who can get our geographical part of Britain, so watch this space! 🙂

    warm regards,

    • Thanks, Alan, for your kinds words, and for sharing your experiences and goals, too. There is a whole world out there to reach and with the internet, there is no excuse not to pursue opportunities. Good luck!

  3. Marta Chociłowska says:

    Congratulations and thanks, Charlotte! Best Wishes!

  4. Congratulations Charlotte, on your upcoming five year blogging anniversary.

  5. Five years is quite an accomplishment! And here’s to many more. Thank you for all you do, Charlotte – and best wishes for all your goals, dreams, wishes and wonders.

  6. Congratulations for everything Charlotte, this is a wonderful place where we can read great poems. I can’t wait to read your new book.

    Best wishes,

  7. MaryJo says:

    Congratulations on five years of blogging and bring us a poem every single day. What joy you give your readers! Also thank you
    Thank you also for sharing your goals. It is a reminder of how important it is to get goals and with this new year just beginning, it’s still not too late.

  8. Paul Beech says:

    Hi Charlotte,

    I wrote down my New Year’s resolution a couple of days before Christmas: “Be on time.” Then broke it on Christmas Day! Only I didn’t of course, because New Year’s Day was still a week away.

    I agree: setting goals is much better. As a former manager of long experience in the social housing field, I know the importance of setting goals – goals that are challenging but doable.

    I applaud your big goal and will watch out for ‘Ripples of Air’. What a great sub-title: ‘Poems of Healing’. I know your poems here will be in many forms, but reading your wonderful blog regularly over the past five years, I’ve learned so much about haiku and senryu, including their therapeutic power. Your blog has to a large extent been my springboard into the haiku world, a world where I feel very comfortable, in good company.

    Good Luck with all your goals, big and small, and take care.

    My very best,


  9. Maureen Weldon says:

    Dear Charlotte, Congratulations on your forthcoming book, “Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing” I look forward to reading it.
    Thank you for The Daily Haiku.
    Since I have been receiving the Daily Haiku, I feel I learn a little something every day.
    As for resolutions, no, like you I make goals, and try very hard to keep them, succeeding some of the time!

    With very best wishes,


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