As some of you may know, last week was my 40th birthday. Eek, I certainly don't feel that old, but the calendar says differently. That, as well as reading Eat, Pray Love last month, have me thinking about my life and how I can work on me to improve my life. I am a work in progress, but aren't we all.
Now of course I made several goals for the new year back at the beginning of January, and I am working on all of those to improve my life as well. So far I have been walking more, blogging more, reading more, trying to be more organized, working on my writing, basically trying to better myself. And all of this is great and much needed. However, lately I have been thinking about other things that can improve my quality of life. Like getting rid of negativity. That comes to play in several areas of my life. First I am trying to work on the negative thoughts that plague me on a daily basis, be it about myself or something else, I don't need that negativity in my mind. I am trying to train myself to be more positive and in just a short time I am seeing some changes. This also means that I need to get away from the negative people and situations in my life. I cannot afford to be brought down by people and situations that I don't really need in my life. Some things are just too negative that you can't be around them. I am doing what I have to do to be healthy, happy, and safe. Are these changes hard? Yes, but they are also necessary.
As I work on myself I will probably post from time to time on how things are going, sharing any tips that I might stumble across along the way. Of course I always want to hear from you too with any tips and advice that you might have. Like I said earlier, we're all works in progress and we all can help each other.
On Monday I talked about my writing goals for 2018, well today I thought that I would share my health goals for the new year.
I think health goals and resolutions are some of the most common ones that people make this time of year and I am no different. I have some health issues that will never disappear, but that doesn't mean that I can't do things to make my life better and healthier. Now for my own personal sanity, I am not setting specific weight goals and such, but rather just trying to improve my overall health.
I plan on walking more this year and attempting to meditate and do yoga most days of the week. I am not going to say every day as that only sets me up for failure. In fact I didn't do much yoga or walking last week as I was fighting one of the nastiest colds I've had in a long time, but I am not beating myself up about it. This is a new week and I am getting back into the swing of things. I had started eating healthier last year and I am continuing that trend into this year. That means eating out less and just cooking more at home and watching what I eat. Sugar is something that I am eating a lot less of because eating it was making me feel not so good. That means I have really cut back on wine and drinking but truthfully I am not missing it. Small changes like this add up and that is what I am aiming for. I want to live a health lifestyle, not a quick fix. And I am so happy to report that my husband wants to join a gym with me so that we can work out 3-4 times a week together! I am really excited for us to get healthy together.
Did you make some health goals for this year? What were they?
Can you believe we are already a week into 2018? Where did 2017 go? Where did this past week go? I haven't even started to post my goals for 2018 here on my blog yet! Well today I start with my writing goals for this year.
First and foremost I am committing to being here on my blog 3 times a week, probably M/W/F. Will I sometimes post more? Yep, but I am going to make sure I at least hit my three each week.
I am also working on becoming more organized with my writing and routine. One big help to this is a new writing desk and space dedicated just to writing. I have some cork boards and a white board to help me keep notes and weekly goals somewhere where I can see them. I am also committing time to sit down and write six days a week. I am giving myself Sundays off as everyone needs a break and Sundays are family time.
Part of writing is getting your work out and into the hands of readers, which means social media is part of the business. That means I will try to keep more active on here, FB, Twitter and Instagram. I might even start putting some stuff up on Youtube once a month. Follow me at these various sites to get to know me more.
And of course what are writing goals without some actual writing goals? I have a m/m hockey romance that will be finished this month and sent off for consideration at my publisher. Then I will be working on Quest for Self, the sequel to Quest for Redemption. I will also get to Quest for Love, the last in the trilogy, later this year. I have another fantasy romance that I will be sending to my publisher later this year and a sweet romance later in the year as well. To round all of these novels out I will be writing more short stories this year and cleaning up some old ones so that they can get out into the world. This is a tall order but I think that I can do it!
I am continuing my theme of getting my goals for next year out into the universe. Today I am going to talk about my writing goals for 2017! I may not be writing quite as much due to the day job, but I will certainly be writing! Three novels to write, and at least six shorts. I will probably write some short stories as well for anthologies and magazines when I see calls that speak to me. I may not have a release a month in 2017, but I will still be pretty busy!
I hope that everyone had a great holiday weekend! Can you believe that there is only a week left in 2016? This has not been a good year for myself and my husband, so I say good riddance to this year and am working hard already to make sure that 2017 is even better!
This week I will be setting some goals for the new year and sharing them with all of you so that I get my intentions out into the universe and so that I have some accountability as well!
So let's start with some goals for this blog. This blog is a new start for me, so I intend to grow it to the level of the blog that I left behind for this new start.
1) With work and writing, I don't think that I will be positing every day, but look for me 4-5 time a week!
2) I am still catching up on giving book reviews, so I hope to have a review for you are least once a week, if not then at least every other week. I love to give well known and indie authors some more exposure.
3) Updates on my own writing and books for sale. Hey, a girl has to make a living too.
4) This year I would also like to talk about and share some causes that I support and am passionate about. I have this platform and I want to use it for some good.
5) I am also going to be blogging about my art and cooking this year. Get to know all my passions!
I think thats a pretty good set of goals for this blog, don't you?
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