It’s that time of the year to reflect on the months before and set goals for the months ahead.
First, some highlights from 2015 . . .
- In March, I attended D4EO Literary Agency’s writing retreat at Sequim Bay, Washington.
- In June, Aaron and I marked our 10th wedding anniversary, which we celebrated in October with a trip to Riviera Maya, Mexico.
- In July, I entered my third decade in high style thanks to my family.
- In September, I began a mentorship with Rebecca Petruck through Brenda Drake’s Pitch Wars.
- In November, I volunteered for my first regional conference and caught up with illustrator friends at Kansas SCBWI’s “Middle of the Map.”
My goal for 2015 was to internalize R=R+, a Top 20 Training concept that says you can be right about something while also recognizing there’s more you don’t know. I resolved to listen with the desire to understand, to embrace feedback, and to relish opportunities for growth. I made strides toward these resolutions.
- At my day job, we relearned aspects of our roles in order to be more productive and effective. This required us to toss out processes we’d grown accustomed to and shift our attention to areas where we could make the biggest difference for customers and sales. This mindset has already affected how I determine where to spend my time and energy.
- With regard to my writing and illustrating, Rebecca’s mentoring has shown me there’s much to learn about crafting a satisfying, marketable book and building a meaningful, enduring publishing career. Rebecca persuaded me of the value of outlining, made me confront my crutches and weaknesses, and gave me tools to attain real, noticeable growth.
- As for my personal relationships, I still have work to do. It can be challenging for me to see people as they are. While I’m comfortable admitting when I’m wrong, I rarely adjust how I approach these relationships moving forward. This year, I will strive to be kinder and more accepting of others, especially when they’re trying to change for the better.
My goal for 2016 is to be more purposeful with my time and my goals. I intend to accomplish this through the following ways:
- Bullet Journaling: At the end of 2015, I looked back and couldn’t account for a great deal of my personal time. Rebecca recommended I try the Bullet Journal. I hope it will make me more productive and also help me keep an eye on my goals.
- Dedicated Think Time: I will set aside one hour each week to spend with my thoughts. It’s time to get serious about a long-term plan that takes into account the next few projects I want to work on as well as the kind of career I want for myself.
- Krav Maga: While being healthy should be its own goal, this hasn’t proved enough for me to stick with a routine. Last night, Aaron and I signed up for Krav Maga at Warriors Academy KC. Krav Maga will teach me self-defense and help Aaron write more believable fight scenes. Along the way, we hope to also get stronger, more flexible, and healthier together.
Happy 2016, friends! Here’s to a productive and creative year with fond memories, happy surprises, and stacks upon stacks of good books.