On New Year’s Day of this year, I went to a friend’s home and made this poster..
It was a way to look at my goals for the year at a glance and see where I needed to focus on. Since my goal was to develop a writing life, I wasn’t sure how much it would work since this was a visual cue and not a cue with words. I was mistaken.
You can see some of the words on the poster. Inspiration. Organize your writing life. Get organized, be productive. Read. Write. Be read. Have an adventure. Take a chance. Take risks. Work hard. Dream big. Imagination under pressure. Taming the inner critic.
Looking back at the year, I can see where I’ve accomplished many of those things. Even though I’m not published yet, I’ve done things this year that I’ve never done before. I wrote and published blog posts in my other blog, Thriving in Grace, for 100 days straight. I submitted my first stories for possible publication. I entered two contests. I have now established a regular schedule for this blog and my other blog. I’ve taken risks I would never have taken before. Some of them didn’t work out so well, but others did. I’ve learned that I’m allowed to dream even if other people don’t agree with me. I’ve learned that I’m allowed to expand upon the niche others would have me fit in, and if I don’t fit, that’s okay too. I’ve learned that the people who love me the most support me in this new venture and are cheering for me as I type my words. I’ve learned that the words on this poster are not year-ending words, but are words that can move with me into 2019.
I wasn’t going to make a new poster for 2019, but I’ve decided I need to. Even though my goals were not as concrete as say, someone who is making goals for business or homemaking, having this poster in front of me helps me to know that I’m moving forward as a writer even though the concrete goal of publication is yet to come. I encourage you to make your own poster and put it in a place where you can see it. Happy New Year to all!
Have a great day, everyone!