I was going to say “Welcome to April” but then realised I’ve somehow managed to find myself almost through the month. I honestly feel like I’m on the express bus through 2018! Every time I turn around, it’s a new month. So many things have been moving and shaking that time just seems to zoom by. They do say time flies when you’re having fun. If only it were that. With all the things that have been going on in my life, something had to give and sadly blogging has been one of the victims. It breaks my heart too much to admit to the rest of what gave these past few weeks.
I’ve missed chatting to you all so let’s catch up.
As you all know, I ran a giveaway for my birthday month so before I go any further, I’d like to congratulate Eulinda Adams again for winning the Amazon voucher. I’d also like to say a big thank you, again, to all my subscribers for the love and support. It’s makes this journey far less lonely. Enjoy your voucher, Eulinda.
Do you set goals for yourself? I used to do it all the time. I love how it keeps me accountable and on track. But when my dad passed away in 2014 I lost my way and stopped doing pretty much everything, including setting goals for myself. Quite frankly, at the time, just getting through each day seemed like a mammoth task all on its own. Over the last eighteen months, I have been doing much better and am back to my old self so this year, as part of my “reinvesting in me” drive, I have started setting goals for myself again and writing them down. I find I am so much more focused and productive when I know which direction I’m moving in. I spent some time during last week reviewing my 1st quarter goals for 2018 and I am super happy to announce that I got a fair number of them accomplished. I got 7 of the 10 items on my list done. I could beat myself up about the three that I didn’t accomplish but you know what? It’s okay. I am choosing to celebrate my wins rather than my perceived losses. Another thing I am doing this year is writing “celebration lists”. We’re always so busy chasing the almighty “To Do List” but we never take time to acknowledge and celebrate what we have accomplished. So that’s what I’m doing. Once a week, as part of my journaling, I write a “celebration list” and acknowledge things I have achieved. I encourage you to give it a try. It is immensely satisfying when you stop to see just how much you’ve accomplished.
Speaking of accomplishments, I participated in the very first annual Romance Novel Writing Month in March. I set a target of 20 000 words to write for the month. Since the maximum I had managed to that point was 10 000 in a month, I wasn’t sure I’d make my target. But I am happy to say I completed the month with 20 010 words. Challenge met. It wasn’t easy and there were many days I wondered if I’d make it. Trying to write while working full time is not easy. I lost ground early in the month and had days when I thought it would be easier and less stressful to just chuck in the towel. I am ever so grateful that I have a super supportive family and friends! They cheered me up on days when I wasn’t able to write and cheered me on, on the days when I could. With their love and support I skidded into the final stretch 1 900 words short and two days left to write them. In the grand scheme of things that isn’t an in-doable amount but when the office randomly sends you work that requires you to drop everything you’re doing to get it done, I wasn’t worried I wouldn’t make it. Thankfully, with twelve hours left to the cut off time, I crossed the 20 000 words line. My best writing month ever, in terms of word count. I guess it comes down to how badly you want it. Here’s to RoNoWriMo 2019 … LOL!
Wishing you a wonderful weekend. Chat soon. xx