I’ve stated it publicly. I am determined to achieve it. I am committed to accepting it. (Thanks, Darlene, for that last point.)
For me, change means stepping beyond myself, my comfort zone, my place of safety. Even if that step is only a baby step, it is a step forward to my goal.
I am not saying I want to change everything about myself, or that I want to make drastic changes in my life. What I mean is I am working on my attitude and beliefs about my God-given abilities, talents, gifts, creativity. And fear – I am making baby steps away from the fear and toward the reality of who I am as a creative and what I am capable of doing.
“The key to change … is to let go of fear.” – Rosanne Cash
My goal, which I’m sure you all know by now, is to write children’s books for publication. The changes have begun for me to achieve this:
- I have my own writing coach as of September 2015;
- I’m ending my publishing of a newsletter I (very sadly) haven’t had the focus and leading to do anymore; after many years it’s hard to let go. I have the final issue to complete and loose ends to tidy up;
- my publishing room will become my writing room, my creative space, which I’m excited to prepare;
- I’ve continued with Tara Lazar’s PiBoIdMo each November, keeping the ideas coming. To take those ideas further, Friday I signed on for a year of *12×12, making that huge (for me) leap in commitment when I’m not sure how I’m going to manage the challenge. Having said that, I signed on because I need what is being offered through it in order to reach my goal. (I did 12×12 in 2012, Julie Hedlund’s first year offering 12×12; now it’s much advanced from those beginnings.)
The biggest change for me is my private outlook, my self-talk, what I believe about myself. Change in those will bring about the most change in me and how I approach my writing.
“Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don’t.”
Yes, 2016 is my year of CHANGE, the follow-up to and continuation of POSITIVITY – my word in 2015.
I am determined. I will need reminders. And energy. And focus and refocus. (That’s not a negative already, I know how it’s been and I’m needing to not go there.)
My life as caregiver will continue as it has been, with the change being in me, in how I use my other time. There’s no progress in wishing things were different.
“Life has no remote. Get up and change it yourself.” – Thegoodvibe.co
This could be an exciting year, a challenging year, a surprising year.
My year of change.
* If YOU are interested in writing children’s books, it is not too late to sign up for 12×12. Just follow the link I provided above in my point #4.
Can you relate to the struggle of staying the course? What are your goals and determinations that you know will make a remarkable change for you? (Or put that in past tense, what were your goals … and how did you manage to meet them?)
Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings! 🙂
Congratulations on making those first steps toward your year of change. The 12 x 12 Challenge looks amazing. I’m so glad you signed up. I have a lot of other projects on my plate this year, or I might have joined you. For ongoing encouragement and practical writing advice, I suggest Kristi Holl’s blog. If you’re stuck with any of the challenges of the writing life, she has a backlog of blog posts that are really helpful and heartfelt. http://kristiholl.net/writers-blog/
Thank you, Heather! I have a lot of other projects too, in my head, so if I were ORGANIZED I’d accomplish so much more.
Thank you very much for Kristi Holl’s blog info. I think I’ve read something by her before, but hadn’t gone further. I’ve now signed up for her helpful newsletter.
I wish you a year of accomplishments.
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This is a great step in the right direction. I so agree that you should take baby steps when making a change. It gets too overwhelming otherwise. We are all behind you! ❤
Thank you so much, Darlene, for your kind and supportive words. 🙂
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