It is my reality.
What is your dream? What steps will you take to make it become a reality? I've shared my ways and the lessons I've learned from other great mentors. I credit Cheryl Richardson's LIFE MAKEOVER book for helping me to focus on the core of my dream. I challenge you to find your core this year. Find a way to make your dream become your reality. Start taking those baby steps. And please share them with me. Remember, what is working for me won't necessarily work for you. But the deal is to figure out what will work for you and live your life with intention and purpose.
This year's top 5 lists for the quarter and my affirmation statement are:
I enjoy being organized and streamlined as I focus on pursuing my professional writing career, personal, and family life goals.
Top 5 Family Priority List for 2011/First Quarter (Jan.-March)
1. Continue building a healthy lifestyle through exercise, diet and fun.
2. Darling Teen's extra-curricular, education and college preparation under control in areas of online courses, parking, room fix, school trips and testing.
3. Household chores streamlined and a grid made to which all will adhere to help me keep house clean and under control.
4. Create a Comprehensive Schedule based on career and personal obligations to incorporate goals and life events.
5. Build a social community of friends which will enhance our family and marriage as well as bring joy into our lives.
Top 5 Career Priority List for 2011/First Quarter (Jan-March)
1. Write every day and work on four book series with emphasis on first book.
2. Schedule built to incorporate writing, volunteer, marketing, building brand name, and business objectives.
3. Professional development through querying, submitting materials, entering contests, learning technology, building brand name, ongoing craft classes.
4. Maintain online workshop information/courses, develop personal and prof. blog schedule, send one newsletter article in per month to HOD Newsletter editor.
5. Attend at least two chapter meetings per quarter regardless of chapter to maintain positive writing connections.
PROFESSIONAL WRITING CAREER GOALS FOR 2011
*clean and organize office to get ready for the new year
*Finish discovering 4 book series and characters
*Write 5th book 1st Draft and Revise
*Start work on 6th book in 4 book series/Discover/Draft/Revise
*Query 10 agents a month
*Revise 4th book full and resend to agent
*enter 4 contests at a minimum with at least 3 manuscripts at all times including the GH
*Attend Moonlight & Magnolias
*Attend RWA National Conference
*Pitch at both conferences
*Revise 1st book for fun
*build name bible of all names I’ve used in my books
*maintain personal and guest blogs
*continue learning about WordPress
*build my brand name via social media, newsletters and workshop
*work on retreat idea with writing friend
*get an Agent
*get a publishing contract
*find a professional mentor
*streamline writing and business of writing with proper schedule
*Review digital and e-publishers for submissions
*take at least two master classes in craft
*judge at least two writing contests
*set Top 5 Priority Lists and review every quarter
*coordinate online workshops for HOD
*read for fun
*continue learning and growing in my craft with online courses and craft books.
*attend at least 2 chapter meetings per quarter
*finish WE ARE NOT ALONE
*send in one article per month to my HOD newsletter editor
*be courageous, strong, and focused in pursuing my dreams and goals.
The last goal is my favorite. Be courageous, strong, and focused as I pursue my dreams and goals.
I wish you all the same as you pursue your goals and dreams. Be courageous. Take risks. Fly. Soar. Be strong. Build a network of support. Gird yourself with knowledge. Be focused. Put your dream first and make it a reality.
And know that one's definition of reality is personal and fluid.
May 2011 be your year to shine!