HAPPY NEW YEAR!
2015 was an interesting year.
I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, discussed my depression, published two novellas, and got a job. The depression and fibromyalgia are under control with medication. The books are doing well considering the little amount of marketing I do. And the job is pretty easy and affords me time to work on writer things while there.
At the beginning of the year, I posted about my goals. They were broad and not specific, but I’m going to go over them a bit to discuss what worked and what didn’t.
- Say Yes More – I don’t really know if I said yes more in 2015 or not. I guess I did considering I participated in a couple of Facebook events for releases and cover reveals, as well as a couple of holiday-themed Facebook giveaway events. Even getting the job was a Yes in a way.
- Say No More – I can tell you absolutely that I said no more in 2015. There were things that I just couldn’t do for various reasons, some time-related, others related to number 4.
- Do Something Creative Every Day – This was hit and miss. There were plenty of days where I did creative things. Not all of it was writing. I learned how to make bracelets, I got an oil painting kit, I started trying to teach myself to draw, and I learned how to do more graphic design stuff. I didn’t do things every day like I had wanted, but most weeks went by with me doing something creative at least a few days.
- Take Care of Yourself – 2015 was definitely the year of self-care. I allowed myself limits. I acknowledged and followed through when my body and mind said I needed a break. I didn’t push myself. I invested in me. There were times when I had a billion and a half things to do, but I stopped because I could feel the depression worsening, the fibromyalgia flaring, or my brain space shrinking. I took more time for me and I’m better for it.
All in all, I’d say 2015 was a good year.
New Year – New Goals
I’m going to keep things from last year and incorporate them into this year, but now I have specific goals in mind.
- Reading – I want to read at least 40 books this year. It’s down from my Goodreads Challenge of 50 books in 2015, but that’s because with everything going on, I was unable to complete the challenge. It’s a failure on my part though. This year, I’m going to immerse myself in other worlds to not only enjoy the books, but to learn from them. Bring on the books!
- Writing – I have two writing projects this year. The first is an urban fantasy that I’m still the in the brainstorming phase of. I’ve gotten a couple of scenes done, but the scope demands an outline. It’s been a while since I’ve outlined like this, instead pantsing all of my stuff and fixing later. Doing it this way is much slower for me, but I also have a much more polished first draft. The second project is the continuation of my Grimm Tidings series. That one is still stewing and not even in the brainstorming phase. With the way things went in 2015, I’m not going to load myself down with “a billion things that need to get done by next week or my goals of 2016 are ruined!!!” Instead, I’m going to allow myself all year to finish both projects.
- Blogging – You might have noticed the changes in my blog over the last few weeks. I’ve been tweaking here and there to make Writing, Reading, and Life easier to look at and something that fits with my personality and the books I like to write. Also, posts. Those are important. So, I took part in a blog challenge that helped me figure a few things out. Which means I will be posting more and those posts will be more relevant to Writing, Reading, and Life. I think you’ll like what I’ve got planned=) I’m still working on fixes and changes here and there, so over the next few weeks, things might change completely or only a little bit depending on what works and what doesn’t. Have any pointers? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear your thoughts!
- Life – Just like last year, I’m going to focus on self-care. Turns out that getting a job was a form of self-care, so I’ve got a good start. The family has split the chores and we help each other out, so that if there’s a day where my spoons are extremely limited, I know they will step up.
And that’s pretty much it=) I look forward to seeing what 2016 brings!