Phew, this blog is dusty! It is one of those things that has fallen by the wayside this year after I finally came to terms that I am not, in fact, superhuman **disappointed grumble**. My intention for the past year was FOCUS, and with a few exceptions that I’m going to chalk-up to very needed and well-deserved breaks, I’ve done exactly that. I finished another book! I met my GR reading challenge goal, and I’ve also zeroed in on my brand (exciting things coming in 2019!) and overall vision for this endeavor.
Staying focused was sometimes very hard when life would blow up or work would be a nonstop day of herding cats. Days when the last thing your brain wants to do is focus on filling a blank page. I definitely needed a fair bit of zone-out TV time and listened to a lot of audiobooks, but I also cranked out a book in less than 3 months! I learned more about my process–with each book that process gets more refined–I’m thankful for that. When you’re self-publishing, the more efficient you can be, the better, and when I really turned on the focus, I was able to put down not just words, but quality scenes of 2nd/3rd draft quality, even though they were only my first draft.
The other thing 2018 reaffirmed is that there simply is not enough time to do everything, until someone invents a real time-turner. Prioritizing is a necessity, and I’ve learned how to do that better across the board.
One of my mantras about building this business is “empires aren’t built overnight”. That’s how I teach myself patience and how I dig myself out of a depressive rut when I feel stuck or hit a snag. But the other thing I’ve realized is it is hard to build an empire in fits and starts.
Which brings us to my intention for 2019. The one thing I’m craving in many aspects of my life is routine, and being able to apply the focus I’ve worked on for the long-term.
This year’s intention is CONSISTENCY.
I want to consistently eat better and move more; I want to consistently meditate; I want to consistently practice my beliefs through ritual; I want to consistently write; I want to consistently blog and post to Instagram; I want to consistently market my books in a structured and intentional way. There may be a few month’s worth of establishing all the cogs, but by the end of the year, I want my bookselling efforts to be a well-oiled machine that runs with continuous but minimal effort.
Most of all, I want to set up a realistic plan, and actually STICK TO IT. I’m great at planning, but I’m a terrible procrastinator. I realize that consistently scratching things off my list will get me much farther than doing so occasionally.
So here’s to a year of serious, nose-to-the-grindstone, boss ass bitchery!
Cheers to you and yours, and may 2019 bring you everything you intend.