Happy Monday All!!
Last week was an exciting week! I had the opportunity to be featured on Mavenly + Co. They are a blog that provides resources and inspiration to design a career + lifestyle with a purpose. I got to talk all about my struggles, biggest influences, key elements to success and my advice for other authors. I’d love for you to check it out! Just click here
I also kicked off the giveaways for my Tear Stained Beaches celebration. I can’t believe I published my first novel 5 years ago. It’s crazy to think I still hear from new readers about the power of the message. Those messages are the reasons I keep writing, but lately it doesn’t seem like I’ve been getting much of that done.
I’m still struggling with the time to sit down and write the book I started 2 years ago. After pushing it aside for all of 2016, I started working on it again last year. I had a goal for it to be finished by end of 2017 and here we are, the third week into the new year and it’s still not done yet.
I’m working 3 jobs and for one of them it doesn’t matter if it’s 10am or 10pm, when they call, they expect me to answer and when it’s a pretty large entertainment company and a major project that comes out in just a couple of weeks, I guess I get it.
But, in the midst of real life, I have to remember the end game.
The end game… it is more than a Taylor Swift song that plays on the radio every time I turn on my Jeep. The end game for 2018 was to gain some momentum with my writing. To begin to make a living sharing my stories, my words and my adventures.
I wrote Tear Stained Beaches in 2013 and then stood back and thought it was going to sell itself and sure, it does pretty well, but imagine how much better it and the other 2 novels I have out there would do if I put a little effort into it.
For the past 5 years, it’s like I’ve been riding one of the bikes in a spin class. The pedals are turning a hundred miles an hour, but I’m going nowhere. Why? I had no end game, no plan and no goal to reach towards. I just wrote a book and published it and then left it alone, but not this year.
This year, I am going to try harder. I am going to make less excuses and when I pedal, I’m going to move forward. So, for anyone else who may feel the same way with something in their life, here’s a few things this girl is going to do to make sure of that!
- I bought myself a planner so that I could organize my life all in one place
- I scheduled time in my day to actually write
- I wrote out a plan – a monthly social media and marketing plan to make my posts more relevant and strategic
- I’m going to bed way earlier than I’ve seen in a long time to make sure I’m at my best
- I’m setting time limits (limits on social media, Netflix (sigh…so hard) etc.) – It’s so easy to get consumed, but there is work to be done
- I’m learning to say no. No, I can’t stay an extra hour at work today. No, I can’t go out for a drink tonight.
- I’m going to start treating my hobby as if it was my job – just because you don’t feel like working some days, doesn’t mean you can’t show up.
I hope it helps to know you’re not the only person who feels like their life is spinning out of control with no results and that the list above gives you a place to start on pressing that break.
I’m open to any other tips you might have to offer! So, if you have some, send them my way!