Late once again and in more ways than one. The last time I wrote a page was March 2nd. What happened then I wonder. I followed my goal to write a page a day through February. There was pleasure in doing so. It had been some time since I was well enough to put together enough strength to be determined to do anything. To do anything period.
So what occurred? What does happen to goals? We’ve all had them slide away a time or two or more. Z Minor wrote last month:
The only thing that will make it happen is BICHOK. That and encouragement. It sounds wimpy, even as I type this, but while I felt great achieving my goal of a page a day, sometimes more, I didn’t share that after the first day or two. Sharing let others encourage me by cheering me to continue reaching my goal. We’re all human, some more than others. Some of us need more encouragement. My self-motivation is wobbly at best these days. I need all the help I can get. I should have shared more.
So no more moaning about setbacks. They are in the rear view mirror by the time you recognize them anyway. Look ahead. Rewrite the goals. Keep writing.
Appropriately for this time of year, I’m reflecting on 2015 and looking forward to what 2016 will offer. Personally 2015 included a new granddaughter, a deeper relationship with a beau I met the end of 2014 (who believed in my writing enough to buy me a tablet—not Big Chief—so I could write while we travel, just before my laptop died), amazing business and pleasure trips to Maryland, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Oregon and Colorado, plus a bucket list ride on the Durango-Silverton train. 2015 brought sorrow as well with the loss of my brother and others close to me, as well as a family loss.
Professionally, 2015 marked the publication of my third novel, What the River Knows, my first published by someone other than myself. I learned more than a graduate course from my editor during the polishing process. The process also taught me patience as submission to publication took almost two years. However, the end result was worth it. I worked on my website and platform, learned to tweet, and committed to monthly blogging on WARA. I did blow it in September, though, when the whole family gathered in Tennessee to meet new member Scarlett, and forgot my blog.
So what’s in store for 2016? Personally, more travel to visit family and perhaps a cruise to Italy with the beau (who is that rarity—a man who listens), a major tourist destination trail project at work, house painting and other projects, and who knows what else. Professionally, more BICHOK. I’m organizing my office, getting ready to purchase a desktop computer and looking forward to my first royalty check from The Wild Rose Press. They have requested to see my first novel, More Than a Point of Honor, if I can cut 35,000 words from it. I’m 2/3 through it and determined to make it. Then I have to plot and write the sequel to River and finish my romance Love’s Crossroads. I need to be more regular with my blogging and work harder to promote.
How about you? How did you do on your personal and professional goals for 2015? What do you want your 2016 to bring? Let’s share our goals and help each other meet them. BICHOK on!