Happy 2019, everyone!
2018 was a hell of a year for me. I left my full-time job and ventured out to find greater joys in life. In doing so, I learned so much about the importance of taking risks for the sake of your own happiness.
In my blog post about a year ago, My secret for a successful 2018, I wrote about my goals for 2018. This was my way of truly committing to my goals. I wrote them down, said them out loud, told my friends and family. Anything that I thought would make my goals feel more real. And you know what I thought about every time I wanted to give up? That blog post I published for the whole internet to see (regardless of the small number of people who actually read it, but that’s beside the point). In my mind, I set it in stone. I locked it in.
Guess what? I accomplished BOTH goals I declared in that blog post. I attended the writing workshop I wrote about in November, and I wrote the damn book.
And my God, does it feel awesome.
These two goals were not easy. They challenged me more than I could have imagined. The writing workshop was the first goal I started by signing up in February. When I arrived home after the workshop in November, I was so happy I did it! I learned a LOT and even made a friend. I learned more about what it means to surround myself with other writers.
Now, the draft of this manuscript–the bane of my existence the entire year. I started writing it in February, which began the emotional roller coaster relationship it turned into. When I left my full-time job in April and began full-time waitressing while simultaneously job searching, I felt like I was actually working two full-time jobs. This put my book on the back burner. In doing so, I lost focus of my 2018 goal I was so excited and passionate about four months prior. Every now and then I would come back to it and write a couple hundred words as an escape from the job searching and a break from work. But as the year went on and the interview rejections continued to come at me full force, I spiraled into full panic mode as I continued my job search. This was a bad time for me.
I met my friend, also a fellow writer, for lunch in early July. I told her about my stress with the job search and how I had completely fallen off of my track to writing my book. As a friend and a writer, she instilled the confidence in me that I could still make it happen, that I still had six months left of the year to finish it. That it was important and not some silly goal I had made up earlier that year. I am forever grateful for that lunch date.
So, I circled back to my deserted manuscript. Amid the job applications, interviews, networking, late nights waiting tables….I wrote. I was tired, SO tired. Physically, mentally, spiritually. I was frustrated, depressed even. This job search thing is no joke. But through it all, I kept pushing out all the words I could get myself to write as often as I could. Every little bit counted.
It was early November that I did some simple math to learn that I needed to write around 35,000 more words to complete my manuscript. This was not going to be easy. For extra motivation, I made a bet with my boyfriend. He had a goal to build a kitchen island, and I had my goal of finishing my manuscript. Challenge accepted.
We both accomplished our goal on New Year’s Eve.
How did I do it? What is the secret? I just wrote. Every day I wrote at the same time in the morning, about an hour and a half, until I hit 1000 words. I just focused on getting words on the page. No minding grammar, sentence structure, or editing anything. Just. Getting. Words. On. The. Page.
Writing a book is very possible. If this is something you want to do, you can do it. If it’s something you really want to do, you will find a way to do it, and it will feel AWESOME. We may feel like life gets in the way, that we are too busy–ugh, I hate that word. We’re not too busy to give attention to things we care about, whether it’s visiting friends, calling a family member, or yes, writing. You can do it.
Now for 2019. I am now working in my new role I accepted in November and I am laser-focused on my new goals. To carry on the tradition of publicly declaring my goals, here they are:
- Begin the second round of edits of my manuscript.
- Write another book.
- Read the entire Harry Potter series.
I’m embarrassed to say that I never made it past the fourth Harry Potter book, but this year, I finally will! This year will be dedicated to all of the writing and reading that I can possibly do. I am confident now that I can also complete another manuscript draft–I became much better at a daily 1,000 word count by December, so I know I can knock out another one in at least two to three months.
My goals this year will not be easy to accomplish. But that’s the point; I’m not looking for easy. I’m looking to grow.
I will leave you with one quote from Rachel Hollis in her book, Girl, Wash Your Face, that I read in 2018 that served as one major source of inspiration:
“And on the days that seem the hardest, you’ll remember that–by an inch or a mile–forward momentum is the only requirement.”
This is so inspiring. And so proud of you.❤️
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Thank you so much!! And thank you for reading 😊
Great post 😀
Thank you so much!
Your process sharing is so inspiring!
Looking forward to reading your manuscript! Love UBD
Perfectly captures the endurance aspect of writing. Looking forward to seeing what 2019 brings for you (and what you bring to 2019) 🙂