It’s almost February. You’re one month into your New Year’s resolutions and you feel…well, how do you feel? How is 2013 treating you so far? This January has not been my best. I’m not where I want to be thanks to having emergency surgery when my gall bladder ruptured. Take my advice, when you feel bad don’t wait to go to the doctor. Sometimes playing it tough will only knock you down longer. Anyway, life happens. For whatever reason, if you are not where you want to be at the end of this month don’t freak out. You still have 11 months to get it right!
With one month nearly behind you, it’s time to regroup, re-plan and tackle the rest of this year. It is one thing to set yearly goals but without monthly goals to help you get there the path may be a rocky one. For me, my career goal is to finish 3 books; my next non-fiction and two fictions. In addition I will be teaching 4 online workshops this year while still maintaining my freelance contracts. Yep, it does sound like a larger order but to break it down to more manageable goals I’ve planned monthly goals. You can also set weekly goals and modify these plans based on your life and what obstacles creep into your way.
I love this image posted to this blog. This picture of a zebra losing his stripes belonged to my Grandfather. It was in his office up until the day he passed away. I took it and have had it at close visual range from where I work ever since. It serves as a reminder to me that things could always be worse. At least I’m not losing my stripes! Stress happens. Put something that makes you laugh and reminds you that this is life somewhere you can easily see it each day.
How do you get through life’s obstacles and regroup your resolution plan? Are you breaking annual goals into smaller, more manageable ones?
Due to my surgery, my popular “Writing Moms (and Dads)” WANA International workshop has moved to March. See details below:
Writing Moms (and Dads!) Online Workshop
Date: March 4th, 2013 – April 4, 2013
Description: Plot, character arc, transitions, climax, revise, rewrite, make that deadline, blog, check social media sites, continued education, volunteer for local writing group, read critique partners manuscript, research agents/publishers, read books within your genre, read a craft book and network. These are ALL things that go through writers’ minds on any given day. But what if you had to add: Make bottles, keep up with diaper/Gerber/ formula supplies, feed baby, play dates, bathe baby, wipe up thrown sweet potatoes, shower to get sweet potatoes out of your hair, more playtime, hope for a nap time (for baby, you must write,) read to baby, and hope baby actually goes to bed at the designated time.
For many writers, this is reality. In fact, many full-time writers are made because of a child being born. Some amazing mothers write late at night, around their day job. However you do it, being a writing parent is a challenge but very doable and rewarding. Learn easy self-study tactics, time management tips and suggestions from a ten-year freelance journalist, published author and speaker who also has a two-year-old daughter and a high maintenance dog. You can have it all without losing your mind.
Writing Moms (and Dads!) Personal Consultation
Dates: March 4, 2013 – April 4, 2013
Length: Two 45 min. phone consultations. The first consultation will be within the first week of the four-week Writing Moms (and Dads!) workshop. The second will be scheduled prior to completing the workshop.
Description: Take what you learn from the Writing Moms (and Dads!) workshop and get one-on-one guidance on developing the best plan for making you a smarter writer. The first consultation will be a detailed interview followed by a discussion of time constraints. The second will be about developing the best plan for you based off your first consultation discussions. You will also get personalized methods for implementing, testing and carrying out your plan.