The year is ending and I, for one, am happy to say goodbye. 2012 was a good year for me, but a tough year. So I’m not sorry to see it end. I don’t mind working hard, but for a lot of reason’s 2012 was almost too hard.
I’m a multi-tasker by nature, yet 2012 put those skills to the test by forcing me to increase my day to day activities and basically quadrupling my output. It seemed like the more I did, the more I still had left to do.
It was the year of running flat out to just stay in the same place.
Sure there were many triumphs. I dropped a massive amount of weight and hit my goal BMI – a huge success. Losing the weight was a step in the right direction but…not quite enough as the journey back to health isn’t quite finished.
I had great success in sales – not breakout success like many authors experienced, but solid steady growth that kept me happy as I continued to write new books. I loved all the wonderful reviews and fan letters I received! Such joy to read.
But the very nature of the business meant that there was always that sense of being behind. That I needed to write more, revise faster, work harder. Of course, I’m hardest on myself! Something else I want to work on this coming year. I need to detach more. View the achievements, not the problems. Work on having a more positive attitude. It’s not that I’m pessimistic, but I get buried easily, and then can’t see the forest for the trees.
With 2013 around the corner, I wonder just how much will actually change? I still have 3 books in first draft form, 3 books in revision stage, one being written and then there are the two older ones I’m completely rewriting. In other words, I’m still buried! Lol.
Still, turning the calendar page brings hope. And a new beginning. And new plans. And goals. And wishes.
My goal for 2012 is to work smarter. Do I have any idea of how to do that? Maybe. It has more to do with setting up a routine and sticking with it. Always having a book to write and a book to revise. Minimizing distractions, shortening online time, and setting up a promo plan that is doable. And the biggest change is to schedule time off. I’d like to reclaim my weekends for down time and family time. I can do that if I make better use of Monday through Friday.
That won’t be easy. But that’s why new beginnings are so much fun. I get to try new things, new ways of doing things. A clean slate. And I love those. There are always such unexpected and fun turns in the road that I hate to plan too much. I love seeing where life takes me.
I have lots of wonderful books planned and heart warming characters to bring to life. And I can’t wait.
I am so looking forward to 2013! So happy New Year everyone!
What things are you happy to say good-bye to? What are you planning on changing in 2013?