It’s hard to believe, but I have been blogging here for 2 years. Starting the blog was a big step forward in my life. I was just coming out of a tough place professionally. I had taken control of my career again and started re-focusing on what the second half of my life would be like. In that first year I adopted Cedric, my grandmother’s passed away, and I found a publisher for my first book. It felt like it couldn’t get any crazier, but apparently it could.
Enjoying the Present and Reflecting on the Past
This past year had it’s ups and downs, as every year does. This year brought another death in the family, the closure of my publisher, and my struggles to balance everything going on while taking care of myself. Then there was the amazing world that opened up to me as I took on publishing my own book. There has been more traveling than I am use to doing, for work alone. There was making new friends and becoming an active person (yeah- it’s weird) because I live with a dog. There was clearly something that happened in 2015 that made my life and way to seeing myself shift in a fundamental way.
No, it wasn’t turning 40.
How Did I Get Here?
I keep thinking about why this blog stuck when others didn’t connect with me. I think I made some smart choices in setting a posting schedule and scheduling posts for future dates. I often sit, write a few entries, and then let the system release them when I want. I have a calendar in a planner where I keep track of what I have posted and what I want to post. I do the same with Instagram and Tumblr. Everything is set up and I just let it be automated.
If anyone reading this is thinking about starting a blog, that’s the advice I would give: set a schedule and stick to it.
Now For the Future
I’m terrible about enjoying the present and I am goal oriented and looking to the future. I am trying to be mindful and present for everything going on. I am trying to avoid just shifting into gear for the next goal. I can’ help but think forward. I’m so deep into working on book 2 and book 3 that I’m working to maintain a balance for all the projects. I’m glad to have the support of friends and family as I work through this. It’s one thing to write casually, it’s another thing to become a publisher/author. There are changes at work, something I almost never discuss here. My focus on work has always been ways to grow and evolve with the changes in my field. That is impacted by everything else I’m doing in the world.
That bring me to the future of this blog. Actually, nothing is really changing. This blog has never been static and it will always continue to involve with my interests. I suspect the Friday dedication to my latest project is the only thing that will stay the same.
What about you guys? What are you looking forward to in your lives over the next year? Feel free to share in the comments!