Hi guys! Here we are, nearly half way through 2018. Where on earth did that time go? If you are anything like me, you most likely set yourself some goals at the beginning of the year. It’s now six months in and it’s well worth checking in with yourself on where you’re at. Seeing as writing here for you guys keeps me unflinchingly honest, I thought I would share my check in with you 🙂
Goal One: Attend Fiona McIntosh’s Masterclass
This one I met with flying colours. I attended the five day course and it changed my writing for the better and also had a pretty big impact on my life. For more on that you can read it here.
Goal Two: Finish Balance
Well… this one is on hold. I have a working draft of my manuscript but it’s time to focus on my other story, Rosie. The reason for this is that I want to be traditionally published and fantasy, which is what Balance is, is a hard genre for that to happen within Australia. So I’ve switched focus to Rosie which is historical fiction. This doesn’t mean I’ve given up on Balance, simply giving myself a better chance at my goal.
Goal Three: Get fitter and healthier
HAHAHA, this one is half done and I suspect will always need work. I’m certainly fitter, thanks to an awesome trainer, however the healthier side of things needs a bit more work. Part of this is from the amount of stress I put myself under, but that’s being addressed in goal four. The rest of it is what I put in my mouth and that’s improving so I’m counting it as progress.
Goal Four: Sort out work/life balance
I had no idea that this one would actually be the biggest hurdle for me to jump over. I’m prone to the all or nothing approach and with my perfectionism tendencies I put myself under a lot of stress. I wanted 2018 to be the year where I started to even out my family responsibilities and my work ones. I thought it would be a matter of writing everything out in a list and sorting out the priorities from the wants. I want to laugh at poor deluded Sam from January 2018.
You see, I didn’t take into account that a family is made up of more than one person, each with their own wants and priorities. It has taken me a bit to balance that with my own, but we are getting there. I write we because a family needs to work together to get harmony within it. And the most important tool to get this is communication. I don’t know why that always surprises me, but really, the most essential tool to getting anything done in life is talking to each other.
On that note, I’ll say goodbye for this week. Let me know how you are going with your goals, I’d love to hear about it 🙂
Have a creative week everyone!