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Happy New Year!

2020. Whew. Glad that’s over. Here’s hoping ’21 does us better.

Every year, I like to pick a word to try and focus my energies. Otherwise, I’m very much like the dogs on Up—SQUIRREL!

Though, if I’m completely honest, I can’t even remember what my word for 2020 was. It should’ve been “disaster.” Last year, I didn’t go to Portugal as planned. Didn’t road trip with my family to Yosemite. My beloved Writer Cat crossed the rainbow bridge after nearly 16 years as my best buddy. I broke my wrist badly enough to need surgery to fix it—and still can’t type normally! I gained a bazillion pounds. And somewhere in there, I completely lost the drive to write.

It was a ROUGH FUCKING YEAR that totally deserves a shout-y all-caps F bomb.

But…

Looking back, it wasn’t all completely horrible. I gave my ugly kitchen a facelift. I released two books, Fragmented Loyalty and Honor Avenged. Seal of Honor released in audiobook, which was a dream come true. I’ve always wanted to hear the HORNET guys in audio and the narrator did a fabulous job!

Since I’m looking at 2021 as a fresh start, I’ve decided my word will be RESET. My goal is to completely reset my health and my career.

Maybe it’s ambitious to tackle both, but my career is on life support and I’m so uncomfortable with how I look and feel right now. 2020 made me realize I’ve been hiding behind my fears for too long. Fear of rejection. Fear of failure. Fear of never achieving my goals. (I mean, how dumb is that? I was afraid I’d never reach my goals, so instead of, you know, reaching for them, I sat back and did nothing! And my career has suffered for it.) Time to exorcise my personal demons and exercise my growing ass.

Goals

  • Lose at least 30 lbs. Ideally, I’d like to lose the entire 50 I gained last year, but I’d be happy with 30.
  • Release 5 to 6 books in 2021. 
  • CONSISTENCY! I know my readers never know when to expect a new book for me, and I want to change that this year.

The Career Plan

  • Write 10K words a week. 
  • Write first thing in the morning, before I do anything else. (Except, obviously, make coffee!)
  • Set work hours for myself and keep them as if I have a job outside the house. (I’m really, really bad at this!)
  • Conquer my fear of self-publishing. (Already started this one— I’m putting the first book in my self-published trilogy up for pre-order today! Eep! *bites nails*)
  • Learn ads. (Mainly Facebook and Amazon.)
  • Blog and send newsletters regularly.

 

The Health Plan

  • Exercise 3 days at least, but ideally 5 days a week. (I can’t bear much weight on my wrist yet, so it will have to be mostly cardio to start. If anyone has cardio program recommendations, I’d love to hear them!)
  • Rejoin Weight Watchers. It’s the only program I’ve found that works for me.
  • Take a daily walk with the dogs. Doesn’t have to be a long one! Just get out of the house and walk for 10 minutes, even if the weather sucks. (I’m notorious for using the weather as an excuse!) If nothing else, it will make the puppers happy.

 

Accountability

I’m going to rely on this blog to keep myself accountable. I’m going to be honest about my triumphs and my failures. It’s probably going to hurt but I hope announcing everything publicly will help keep me on the right path. So expect a mix of self-publishing and weight loss posts from me this year! And if you want to join me on either journey, I’d love to have you along!

After all, misery loves company.

(I’m joking. Kinda.)