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Goodbye, 2017—It Was A Strange Year

Dawn of an Era?

As 2017 winds down, I can’t help but think about how strange it was. For me, personally and professionally, it was a year when everything got turned upside down or thrown out completely. And somehow, it all turned out to be for the better.

No Status Quo

I used to study Astrology when I was younger—mostly for fun and to satisfy my curiosity. I wonder if there was some type of weird planetary alignment this year, because it sure felt like outside forces were at work. For example, every holiday this year, my husband and I just couldn’t bear the idea of doing the same thing we’ve done for the past eight years. We went to a different restaurant for our anniversary. We didn’t host Thanksgiving. We went on a trip for my birthday instead of going out with friends and family. What felt like a comfy tradition last year now held no interest for us, and we couldn’t even explain why we felt that way.

I sold some properties I’d been wanting to dispose of for years. They went quickly, too. I had the overwhelming urge to clean out closets, cabinets, and even my garage. I made so many trips to the donation center, they know me by name. I even bought a new sofa to replace the twenty-year old leather set I had.

Serendipity Rules

As far as writing goes, I had released my three-book series, the Higher Elevation Series, in 2016, so at the beginning of the year my schedule was wide open. I had started writing the fourth book in the series, but switched to writing a contemporary romance with the idea of beginning a new series. Then I got the inspiration for my holiday novella, Running In Snow, and dropped everything to work on that so it would be out in time for the holiday season.

It worked out, and Running In Snow is doing well, but it is a case in point that even with writing, I did something spontaneous and completely out of my norm. For the past three years I had methodically worked on each book in my series, preparing to release them back to back. But this year, “methodical” went out the window!

Was 2017 an oddball year for you, too? Any Astrologers out there with some insight?
It makes me wonder just what 2018 will bring. I hope it brings you all your heart desires!

 

Looking Forward To A Year Of Momentum

Yee-Haw!

Yee-Haw!

Are you making plans for 2015? Writing out your goals? If so, congratulations- that is the first step toward actually achieving your desires.   The act of writing it down gives your dreams a shape, allowing you to more easily attract what you desire. Even if all of your goals are not met in the time frame you hoped, you are more likely to take steps forward if you actually write them down on paper or on your screen.

Of course, it’s only the beginning. The rest is work, focusing and to an extent, luck. Personally, I check in on my goals periodically throughout the year. Last year in December I wrote a post about my writing goals because frustration had caused me to re-assess where I was at. By the end of the post, I realized I had made much more progress than I gave myself credit for, and that my writing projects did have potential- so giving up out of frustration would have been a really bad idea.

That is another benefit of writing out your goals- it may help you to see where you are actually at. Looking at last year’s post, I can see where I have made progress this year:

  1. In the Series I have been working on (Romance Fantasy genre) I finished the draft of Book One, and about half of Book Two. Then I took a break, because it was so intense, between structuring the series, world building, and then the edits required to make it all work. I received some great feedback on it and plan to keep moving forward in bringing the world and its characters to life.
  2. That book I had “put in the drawer”, my first novel? Well, I picked up again for a re-write. It’s a Romantic Suspense with supernatural elements, and I hope it will be ready for the world sometime in 2015. I will keep working on it until it is- no more drawers!
  3. I actually began a new story- a Contemporary Romance with – you guessed it- supernatural elements. This one has been in my head for a few years, clamoring for its turn to be born. I hope to finish the initial draft in the first quarter of the year.

I also published at least two blog posts each month, so I actually wrote way more this year than I had expected. Color me surprised! I was lucky to have time and opportunity to be able to focus on writing. Some years it just doesn’t work out that way.

I have also made a conscious effort to not procrastinate or get distracted by shiny things on the internet, and you know that’s not easy!

So this upcoming year, I will take last year’s goal (focus on writing words) and add to it- edit my “darlings” until they are ready to face the world. Taking what I accomplished last year and hopefully, giving it momentum.

What is your goal this year? Do you find writing down your goals really helps?

Whatever your goals and dreams, I hope they find momentum in 2015!

You can do it!

You can do it!