Whoosh! Yet another year has flown by! I can hardly believe it, can you? I had planned way too many things for 2016, which is probably why I’m feeling less than pleased as I review the year today. Well, 2017 is the year I don’t want to have this dreary feeling in the pit of my stomach, so I am going to keep it simple, doable and accountable. Starting today, here are the 3 changes I am going to be making in my life:
1. Take myself lightly –
Writing is my passion and profession and it means a lot to me. As it should. But the problem is, I am often fretting about whether my writing is good enough. Yes, as awful as it sounds, I need external validation to feel that I am an actual writer. If all this worrying helped at all, I would at least consider letting it stay with me. Au contraire! It hampers not just my writing, but my very quality of life. Well, I am so over this self-doubt. Whenever I catch myself worrying, I am going to tell myself,”not everybody is going to like (or even relate to) your words- and that’s okay. And sometimes, everyone in any line of work does something they’re not too proud of. Blame it on human fallibility and move on to your next piece of writing.” So a few months later, when my book is finally out, and people don’t appreciate it despite all the effort it took, I am not going to stress too much about it. I tried my best, and that’s what ultimately matters, right? Ditto for public speaking.
2. Look after my body and soul –
First off, no more snoozing. It just makes me feel guilty and grouchy, and that’s hardly the best way to start a day, is it? I am going to wake up early and get some exercise first thing in the morning. I don’t enjoy physical activity, but I do love the happiness boosters and anxiety relief that comes with it. And yes, I love sleeping in, but I know mornings are best suited for exercise, so I am going to adapt. Thankfully, I don’t really eat a lot of junk, so I am pretty sorted in that category. Now for my soul…I am saddened to say that there’s a lot about religion I simply don’t know. That really does suck, and I am going to ensure I get a little more knowledgeable about the workings of religions around the world. It isn’t that hard, all I have to do is use Google.
3. Educate myself domestically and financially –
Household chores can only be avoided for so long. Everyone has to cook and clean at some point in their lives, so I might as well get a basic know-how. Similarly, finance isn’t my favourite thing in the world, but again, everyone has to learn to manage money. High time I begin so I don’t feel so lost anymore.
At 26, there’s a lot I know. But there’s so much more I don’t know and this year, I intend to tip the scales in my favour, if only just a little. Of course, I am not doing this alone. Accountability partners, I am looking at you. You know who you are, right? Right. And baby steps all the way.
Dear readers, my book launch has been delayed because I haven’t got all the quotes I need for my book. Also, I am looking for an affordable social media expert to help me create *at least* a 2 month Facebook and Twitter campaign. If either or both are your thing, email me right away! And of course, let me know what changes you are going to be working towards in 2017…I promise I am not just a curious cat, I really do want to know more about you!
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