Hi friends! Welcome to the new year! I hope you had a marvelous time celebrating the holidays. I certainly did, though they were more low-key than usual. I had foot surgery the Friday I returned from NYC (i.e., 2.5 weeks ago), and so have been hobbling around and doing a whole lot of sitting... which translates to doing a truly great job at getting cabin fever. I actually saw my foot doctor today for a check-up and was cleared to slowly get back into the swing of things, within reason. That includes being able to wear a real shoe (read: sneaker) again on my right foot instead of that Frankenstein-esque surgery shoe, and taking a shower like a normal person. I couldn't get my foot wet 18 days, so you can imagine how thrilling shower time had become. ;)
Anyways! I have always been one of those people who's a sucker for the new year and its calling card of resolutions. When I was a little girl, my dad drilled into my head the eternal importance of establishing goals for myself, and reassessing every few months... and STILL does to this day (I'm 30). And so, of course, I always set new goals around New Year's. It's become a ritual, and I love the idea of starting anew and treating a new year as a clean slate to grow. Sure, you can (and should, in my opinion) be thinking about how to grow and better yourself all throughout the year rather than on just one particular day, but still... January 1 is a firm line in the sand, and if that give you the extra boost needed to set an action plan for reaching your dreams, there's nothing wrong with that.
One of my 2017 goals is to make time to write creatively more often. I write daily Monday through Friday in my 9-5 as a full-time writer/content developer, but that's mostly military health related (in case you didn't know, I work with the military, and have for many years); it's not particularly relevant to my freelancing goals. Granted my freelance "career" has bloomed quite a bit in the last 2 years, there's still a lot more I could be doing in the way of hustling and creating. Quite honestly, I know I could and should be making more time to hone my craft if it's really a life priority of mine. (<-- Is it horribly corny that I just used "craft...?" Just roll with it.)
Even though I love writing and could write the phone book and be perfectly happy, in the last couple of years it's felt tougher to carve out that dedicated time to sit and write. SO, I've set a goal to write at least 3 times a week -- whether or not that's for just 10 minutes or 2 hours, or on this little bloggy-blog or a freelance pitch, I want to intentionally do so. That's the only way to get - and keep - the creative juices flowing, and really what makes a writer a writer. You gotta write. You can't always wait for inspiration to smack you in the face, which is, quite honestly, how I've usually approached my writing, and always how my essays are born (like the ones I often share on Huffington Post).
When I shuttered my OG blog and started this space, part of my reasoning was because i wanted a space with no timelines or expectations; where I could write if and when I wanted to, about whatever I wanted. I plan on sticking to that, more or less, but will still likely use this space more frequently than I did in the last few months.
What about you? Goals for this year? Write 'em downnnn, ladies and gents. It's more important than you think.