Looking back on 2016 it was an awful year for me. I didn’t finish any of my works in progress, I gained weight (a lot), and I didn’t really promote my books. I realized near Thanksgiving that I had lost contact with a lot of people I used to talk to every day.
So when 2017 rang in it brought with it a clean slate. There are a few things that I feel I NEED to do this year.
I will take one day out of each month for a “date” with my kids. Some of these will be all four of us, some with just me and one of them. My daughter has already asked for me to take her to see Beauty and the Beast. This is her last year of high school so I want to make sure we get to spend some one on one quality time before she is off to change the world.
I will eat healthier and exercise more. I would like to get back to the dress size I was a year and two months ago but I will be happy as long as I get part way there. Part of my problem is that I am sitting at the computer typing all day. I have made it a goal to get up and do a little exercise every thirty minutes. Since I work from home this is doable. Tuesday went well, every 30 minutes I got up, stretched, did a quick seven minute workout, then went back to work. Not only did I feel better at the end of my work day but I actually got more work done. I think this is going to be a great way to help me get healthier. And because my children are so amazingly supportive we plan to have Saturdays where they go with me for long walks.
My next goal is to finish writing at least two stories and then get them published. To help me reach this goal I decided to call upon my mom. While I was writing my first book she would read it as I was writing. I would hand over three chapters at a time. I had to make sure I was at the computer spinning the story whenever I could be because as soon as she got done reading what I had given her she would ask for more and give her reactions. That pushed me to finish it within a month. Momma agreed to do this again so I started writing on a sequel that I have been asked for by my readers and am coming along nicely. So I am hopeful that I will surpass my goal of two finished books this year. With getting them published I also need to look into marketing. I slacked off in 2016 but having the internet at home made it difficult to do Facebook parties and I don’t have enough reviews to take out the ads I wanted to do. In 2017 that is NOT going to stand in my way. I may not have the internet at home but I do have a way to get to it if I need it. So it is time to book parties to get my name and my books seen again. An author friend added me to a marketing group where I have found some great information which I plan to take complete advantage of.
2017 is just waiting for me to make it a good year and I plan to do just that. Do you have any goals for the new year?