Happy Monday all my bookish and writerly friends! I SO am excited to be back from my three-week hiatus! ^.^ I am also proud to report that the break was incredibly productive. I now feel recharged and ready to tackle 2016!
Today I’m going to be talking about the goals that I had set for myself three weeks ago in my post Going on Hiatus Until Mid-January and how I did. At the end of the post, I will be sharing the goals I hope to achieve for the blog by 2017!
Embracing Practice Not Perfection
Three weeks ago, I mapped out the five areas of my life that I was going to be focusing on. To recap, those areas were: family, fitness, writing, critiquing, and gratitude.
So how have I been doing? Let’s take a look!
Time with family has been incredible. It’s been both fun-filled and relaxing. With the kids I’ve continued my role as their human fort, I’ve graduated to being the director of their masterful concertos and am now the victim of having books thrown at me when baby Kevin doesn’t like the book that I’m reading. He’s going to be a tough critic one day, I can already tell.
I’m noting going to lie, implementing a new fitness routine has been a struggle. I had a setback last week when I got sick as well. However, over the past three weeks I’m really proud of my progress and I’m determined to maintain a positive mentality towards my fitness goals.
I got a lot of writing done!! ^.^ I managed to revise/rewrite all the way up to chapter 48. *happy dancing* I estimate that I have between 10-15 chapters left to rewrite before I can say that I’m finally done with draft 14 of Dreamweaver. To read a synopsis of my work in progress and preview a snippet, check out my post The 7/7/7 Challenge | A Writers Tag
Over the break, I also had this really cool writing breakthrough:
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While #amediting I realized I could end book 1 someplace else. 😁 Now I have the beginning to book 2 and ideas are churning for a novella between the two. 🎉 I'm getting so excited!!! The closer I get to finishing draft 14, the closer I feel to this whole thing becoming something real. Like all this work is going to mean something soon… Does that even make any sense? *signs* Watch out guys, the writer is being nonsensical and weird today. (Wherein no one is surprised) 😂 #justwriterlythings #writersofinstagram
I’m super excited to dive into this novella between books 1 and 2. It will follow a character that isn’t part of the alternating 1st person POV so I am practically itching with anticipation to get into this character’s head and explore some of the backstory that I’ve created for this person.
In other news, I was invited to do a guest post for Melanie Noell Bernard! It will be my first guest post and will be coming out on Melanie’s blog later this month. I’ll be talking about three of my resolutions for the New Year!
I started beta reading and sending back critiques to my wonderful people. I’ve also received excellent feedback from them to help me improve upon Dreamweaver as I move forward. I couldn’t have asked for more. I’m so very grateful.
Speaking of gratitude, I now keep a gratitude log. I write down three things I am grateful for daily and the practice has really changed my life!
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Having #gratitude for the many blessings in my life is one of my 2016 resolutions. I have a spread in my #bulletjournal where I log three things that I am grateful for each day. I think this is going to be so heart warming to look back on at the end of the month to help me remember all the things that I am am thankful for and am blessed with in this life. Already it has been fun reading previous days entries and remembering things that I had gratitude for. It lifted my mood and made me a more postive and encouraging person as I moved forward into the rest of my day. #bulletjournaljunkies #livepositively
I’ve also been getting more artsy, something I did not anticipate or plan on, and have been trying my hand at calligraphy/ faux calligraphy. Here is something I played around with for a while.
I also plan to enter in The Postman’s Knock 2016 Creative Challenge. I am by no means an artist, so this will really be a huge challenge for me. This is my first entry out of the four required submissions:
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This is one of my entries for @thepostmansknock 2016 Creative Challenge! I drew my goals list right inside of my #bulletjournal because I'm a total #bulletjournaljunkie and I want to be able to reference my goals on a daily basis to help keep myself accountable. My motto for the year as inspired by my BFF and soul sister @yanelleinprogress is on the opposing page to act as a reminder to pursue Practice not Perfection in my life. #liveyourlife #dailyplanner #plannergirl
All in all, I think I really embraced my motto for the year “Practice Not Perfection” and I hope to continue balancing these important facets of my life while maintaining things here at the blog.
2016 Blog Goals
I have big dreams for myself and for the blog this year.
- Update/Make ‘About Page’ Super Awesome and Fun
- Post 2-3x a week
- Cohesive photo/graphic branding
- 3,500 monthly page views by January 2017
- Start a tribe newsletter
- Grow followership across all platforms
- Facebook 57 –> 100
- Twitter 402–> 500
- Pinterest 38–> 100
- Instagram 92–>200
- WordPress 191–> 350
- Email 7–> 50
I am SO excited to be blogging again and I can’t wait to see what the New Year has in store for all of us!
Did you make any resolutions this year for yourself? For your blog? What are they? How do you keep yourself accountable to your aspirations and goals as the year progresses on? I’d love to hear how you do it. Let me know in the comments!
Keep Reading and Keep Writing,