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New Year, New Start, New Goals

Happy New Year everyone! I hope 2018 has gotten off to a great start for all of you.

So, now that we have begun a new year, it's time to set new goals for the upcoming year. I am not one for New Year resolutions, but I decided for 2018, I wanted to try something different and really embrace the fresh new start the new year brings. For the past few years, I've been trying to embrace being open to new experiences and not being afraid to try new things, and not to say no so quickly. A Shonda Rhimes Year of Yes type deal.

After much consultation and discussion with dear friends and besties Liana de la Rosa and Adele Buck, I decided that my word of the year is going to be......


In 2018, I want to push through the fears and doubts with my writing, and keep going. and get closer to my goal of getting published. I want to push through and stop getting in my own head. I want to push through my introvert tendencies and insecurities and build on the friendships and relationships I've built.

For those of you who read my previous blog posts, you 'd see that I made quite a bit of progress with my writing in 2017 and built some momentum . I am still in the process of revising and submitting, but the irons are still very much in the fire. In the interest of full disclosure: the second half of 2017 was not very productive for me writing wise. I ran into a block and got stuck in a bad head space and spiral. I just froze. Convos with friends and CPs revealed that beating myself up wasn't going to get me anywhere, and that maybe I just needed a break. Plus, I came up with some great ideas for how to improve and tweak my As She Likes It trilogy that I'm excited about. So maybe the time away let things simmer in the backburner was a good thing and it wasn't a total loss after all.

What I try to tell myself every day

But for 2018, I want to:

1) Finish editing the novella and submit it

2) Edit Book 1, When Good Earls Go Bad

3)Finish writing Book 2, When the Duke Met His Match

4) Start plotting out Book 3

5) Start querying book 1. (I want to query at least 10 agents)

Now that I've put it down in writing, and told friends about my goals, I now have accountability to keep my butt in gear and to keep pushing.

I also wanted to focus on my health this year. So on Jan. 1, I bit the bullet and bought some new workout gear for myself. The investment is my way of telling myself I'm seriously committing to improving my health and losing some weight.

Now, don't get me wrong. It's in the middle of January so I'm not going out jogging. But I figure doing a 30-45 minute Zumba video three times a week at home is totally doable. Start small and build from there. I am uncoordinated and ungraceful to the max, but if I'm going to make a fool of myself, at least it'll be in the privacy of my own home.

I've learned to accept this about myself: I am the most undisciplined and lazy person you'll ever meet. So, the key is to come up with strategies to combat it. Thus, I rely on my friends to keep me accountable on the writing front, and Zumba will be a fun way to get in shape. If I tailor these things so that I look forward to them instead of dreading them, I figure I'm more likely to set myself up for success rather than failure.

So there you have it! My goals for 2018. What are your goals? Let's discuss down in the comments!

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