Saturday, April 1, 2017

Suddenly Taking That Off-Ramp Ain't So Bad

I'm at a juncture of my writing career where I've already taken a turn down a path that had no guaranteed outcome. Wasn't looking for excitement. Wasn't looking for something new. Wasn't in the mindset of reinvention or redefining who I am or what I write. I simply saw an off-ramp and instead of passing it by, I turned the steering in that direction.

So far I'm guessing that I'm still on the off-ramp. It's not one of those quick deals where you quickly merge into the next flow of traffic. But this ramp is higher than most and seeing over the sides to guess where I am or where I'm going isn't altogether clear.

This is where gut instinct and faith reserves are tapped to maintain the onward momentum. Sometimes I may glance too long in that rear view mirror and want to hit reverse to go back to what I know. But there was a reason that I took the exit, deep down I knew that I had to trust in my instinct and go for it.

All the lessons learned made me ready for this. And because as a writer you never stop learning, you continue to work your butt off to be better. So as I continue on the off-ramp, I've got to allow the autopilot to kick in and go with faith and determination.

Can't let the bad advice from others, the bubbling inner doubts, or the nosiness to see what others are doing be the GPS for what I am doing.

To continue building on my foundation and reinforcing what I've already been blessed with, I have been reading a lot, but also soaking up the knowledge from authors like Joanna Penn who writes nonfiction and thriller fiction as J.F. Penn, along with providing a robust website of information for writers called The Creative Penn.

So I'm going to enjoy the journey, enjoy the challenges, and not allow the off-ramp with its foggy conditions disorient me from my goals.

Wish me luck,


Sunday, March 19, 2017

A Little Self-Reflection on First Quarter 2017

Can't believe the first quarter in 2017 is only a couple of weeks away. Wouldn't really matter except my goals are always tapping at the window to dominate my life. But I've pulled down the blinds only to let them in for a few hours every day with enough time for me to do what I need to do without encouraging burnout.

You see my goals are not small or casual. However, my attention to them is deliberately low key. I know they exist. After all, I created them. They are not shared. No accountability partners. No reshaping based on someone's interpretation of what should be my goals. Instead, I turned inward for the inspiration of what I would do in 2017.

I was gifted with 2017 planners by two author friends. I'd attended webinars by a personal development coach and a successful indie author on setting goals. I put in the work and necessary time to write challenging, but not impossible goals.

In the early days of the new year,  I'd focused on the goals, I started to break them down into bite-sized pieces creating levels for what and how I'd achieve them. The exercise resulted in my realization that there was also a list of "things" that I'd discontinue doing or not start at all in 2017 with regard to these goals.

Those disqualifying items were equally important for the year to be considered a success.

So as I look forward to the 2nd quarter, I will re-evaluate and rework the list, as necessary.  I will celebrate what I've accomplished. And I will continue to nourish that emotional part of me that is faithful to my plan.

It's full steam ahead with my enjoyment of the process from planting the seeds to reaping the harvest.

Sunday, January 1, 2017