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Planning for 2019

Hi! It’s December and I’m starting to plan for the new year, 2019.

What? Already?

Yup.

I’ve gone through various methods to plan for the new year each year, but somewhere along the way, I always fall short and loose sight of what it was that I wanted. I’ve used resolutions, visual scrapbooks, and vision boards. So, even though I am registered for a Vision Board workshop in January (after the new year has begun), I am venturing into something new – at least it is new to me.

JOINING QUEST 2019 – TRACKING WONDER

This December, I am envisioning my best 2019 with the help of visionary thought leaders and an world-wide community for free. Join me! quest2019.com #wequest @JeffreyDavis108

BEGINNING PROMPT

—envision my best self in December 2019 sitting and looking back upon a best year for 2019

Before I examine the questions, I needed to look at the advice I’ve received in my life in 2018. The “you need to” and the “try this” that I keep attempting to work with, but only for a short while.

I’ve declared that “I am a writer.” (Jeff Goins)

I have my word to define my year: “FOCUS” (Kelly Epperson Simmons)

I am registered for a Vision Board workshop. (Writers’ Goal Group)

I’ve done all three of these before. Something happens around March, my second new year. I declare, RIGHT NOW, that 2019 WILL BE DIFFERENT.

QUESTIONS FROM JEFFREY DAVIS

  1. How have I shown up for my best work?

  2. What kinds of distinct activities have I engaged in?

  3. Who have I engaged?

  4. How has my work positively impacted the people I have engaged?

  5. What have I done differently that has stretched me?

  6. What are 1, 2, or 3 big goals that I have reached?

  7. In the process, what challenge has my best self met and how?

  8. What skill or craft did I learn or improve upon?

  9. What ONE habit did I add, adjust, or drop?

  10. How have I felt throughout the year when engaged with my best work?

REFLECTING ON 2019

(Just a little note. This feels a bit, no a lot, weird.)

How have I shown up for my best work?

In the past, I have struggled to just “show up” for the work of a writer. In some of the workshops and writer meetings during the second half of 2018, I learned that my biggest roadblock to “showing up” was the fear of both failure and success. This year, 2019, I followed my own advice and “showed up” for work each and every day and didn’t let fear sidetrack me. I didn’t just write it down on the daily agenda and let myself get sidetracked, I actually SHOWED UP AND PUT PEN TO PAPER (or fingers to keyboard). Some days I needed to force this, but I never let a day slide. In doing this, I posted regularly on this blog and my other two blogs (Coffee on my Porch AND Ticket to Wander). I put myself into my novel Finding Elizabeth AND FINISHED IT AND SELF-PUBLISHED IT by June (or earlier) and started working on another novel. I have also written six short stories and sent them out to contests.

What kinds of distinct activities have I engaged in? (In no particular order.)

I attended the last Tribe Conference in Franklin, Tennessee.

I regularly attended my Writers’ Goal Group, Writers’ Support Group, and Book Group.

I read the manual and watched the tutorials to become proficient with Scrivener so that I can have my writing “stuff” all in one place.

I separated my business desk and my creative desk space so I don’t have to clear one to work on the other. The two desks, however, are in the same work room space.

I re-learned and became proficient with WordPress and html.

I regularly used my “morning pages” (Julia Cameron) and my “prompt pages” (something I used with my creative writing students when I was teaching).

I contacted writers and creatives in my area and had coffee with ONE person each month.

Who have I engaged?

Through Ink and Keyboard, I have engaged writers and “wanna-be” writers.

Through Coffee on my Porch, I have engaged women who are seeking to be the best version of themselves.

Through Ticket to Wander, I have engaged explorers, travelers, and arm-chair travelers to “see the world beyond their back door.”

I have engaged myself with myself. In releasing my pen name, I feel that I have become a unified person who no longer needs to struggle to write fiction and poetry outside of herself.

How has my work positively impacted the people I have engaged?

As a unified person, my writing is tighter, yet more creative.

Through my blogs, I have encouraged people to take healthy risks and explore their passions and examine their life.

Because I have put myself and my writing out there, I have been hired to be an inspirational/motivational speaker.

What have I done differently that has stretched me?

I have silenced my initial inner editor – created a holding cell for her that is visible in my writing studio. In silencing her, I get more written and take more chances in my writing.

I have made sure to keep my household bills and financial to a different desk in my studio.

I have made sure to sit at my desk and write for at least 30 minutes each and every day.

I have worked with “prompt pages” daily and allowed my mind to take the prompt where it goes.

What are 1, 2, or 3 big goals that I have reached?

  1. I have sent 6 short stories/essays out to contests/publications.

  2. I have completed my first manuscript and have it in the hands of readers.

  3. I have 1,000 followers for each of my blogs: this one (Ink and Keyboard); Coffee on my Porch; Ticket to Wander.

In the process, what challenge has my best self met and how?

My biggest challenge is relinquishing control over anything and feeling that I can and should do everything around the house. In order to meet this challenge, I have hired a house-keeper to come in once a month, hired someone to come in and get our yard improvements done, and I have learned to do a great deal of my shopping online.

What skill or craft did I learn or improve upon?

I have been reading books to improve my writing and story-telling abilities. Even though I taught English/langauge arts, creative writing, public speaking, and theater for 34 years, I have focused on learning more than the necessary basics.

What ONE habit did I add, adjust, or drop?

I have dropped the time wasted on games on my phone and worked to structure my day for optimal progress and include time to absorb and observe the world again.

How have I felt throughout the year when engaged with my best work?

I have learned to receive the positive flow of energy from the world and felt the energy and peace of focus.

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