And so a new year begins…

January 2nd, 2018

Every year I find myself looking back and wondering just where life is going? Every year seems to go quicker than the last. These days, even my kids say it! It leaves me wondering just what it is that makes us feel that way. Is it because we are so busy we blink and a day is gone? Or is it mere complacency? We all say life is short, but how many of us make the most of every minute we have?

I’m guilty of it. Procrastinating. Putting off so many things in favor of a Netflix binge, spending too long on Social Media, even finding the longest, hardest method for doing the housework, from brushing the carpets on hands and knees to pulling out the pantry and re-organizing it rather than chasing my dreams.

To a point, I think it’s down to things being too easy for me. I have a large family. A husband and six kids tend to keep you on your toes. But I’ve been lucky enough to have a husband who wants me to write. Doesn’t want me to have to work so that I can be home for the kids.

2017 was a bloody tough year. On all fronts. Health and finance were just one part of it, and they’ve really had an impact on us as a family. Which is why looking forward, I want 2018 to be about so much more. About getting fit. About getting my writing career off the ground. About setting goals. About moving forward in the direction I’ve spent so much time sabotaging. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been writing. Writing lots! But I’ve not had a direction. Not laid down a game plan — a strategy.

I was reading a book recently that mentioned how important planning is. The quote went ‘fail to plan, plan to fail,’ and it really hit a nerve for me. I tend to fly directionless, and never quite get to where I need to be.

So, 2018 will be about having a game plan. It will be about setting deadlines, achieving goals, and long-term looking to finally publish the works I’ve spent so long working on. What’s more, I’m not kidding myself that it’s for my husband and my kids. This journey needs to be about me, pushing forward, achieving a dream I long dreamed of, but seem frightened to actually achieve.

As a result, there will be five strategies that I will work towards for 2018:

  • To Plan
  • To Be Accountable
  • To Set Deadlines
  • To Complete My Projects
  • To Keep Writing and Reading

Wish me luck – it’s going to be a great year!

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