Hi, lovelies and happy Wednesday!
I hope your new year has gotten off to a good start. Of course, with the new year comes a lot of new year resolutions. I have to admit, I’m not big into the whole concept. I enjoyed it when I was younger, especially in my teen years but as I’ve gotten older I’ve kind of fallen off. I think the more confident I’ve become the less I’ve needed the resolutions because if I want to do something, I do it. I don’t wait for the next year to roll around.
Now, please, don’t think I’m slamming those of you who use new year resolutions. For a lot of people, they work wonders. Many people use them as a type of spark for the new year that drives them until the year concludes. People grow and develop at their own pace. But I’m not that patient which can be both a blessing and curse.
Thankfully, I’m not alone and one way I started this year right was by following Leigh Bardugo.
If you follow me on any of my social media, you’ll know I’m a fan of Bardugo’s. I started following her on Instagram and Pintrest when 2017 was wrapping up. By following her, I found her #BAYMTGO tag on Instagram. It stands for “begin as you mean to go on.” Basically, start your new year as you want it to continue–set the foundation.
Me, being as impatient as I am, I was down for this mantra. Additionally, it gave me the final push I needed to refuse all those New Year’s Day celebrations. In a way, I felt like I was being rude by not jumping at the invitations as soon as they came in. However, the truth was I had no interest in attending them. I was really over the holidays which makes me sound like a Scrooge but it’s true. I hate feeling forced to spend time with people because it’s a specific time of year and society dictates I do so. I can engage with family and friends as we see fit, so holiday ” social requirements” can come off as a little pushy.
Does that make sense?
Anyway, I spent New Year’s Eve alone. And I was so happy. I watched some anime I needed to catch up on, got a decent amount of work done and headed to bed early. Of course, everyone shouting at midnight woke me up (idiots) but, hey, I fell back to sleep eventually.
I also spent the first day of the new year working, too. Did I take it a little easy on myself? Yeah, I guess you could say that but I still had a to-do list I knocked out. So many people were celebrating though. People were going to see family, friends, they were going to parties and other events, holding off starting their new year until they were done celebrating. It was the socially acceptable thing to do but not what I wanted to do.
So, instead, I watched the hashtag, watched Ms. Bardugo’s stories on Insta and did what needed to be done. One thing I’m particularly proud of is that I added over a thousand words to the second book I’m working on. After doing this, I checked my calendar and I realized I was on track to finish my second novel by February if I write a thousand words each day. I’m over the hurdle and I started my new year right–by doing what I plan on doing for the rest of the year, by doing what makes me happy, not what’s expected.
Of course, it’s only the third day of 2018 but my to-do lists have been getting done and I have to say I’m happy.
Things really are going my way in 2018. I have two new group boards on Pinterest (for writers and for readers), two review companies have gotten back to me, I’m going to be featured in a webzine, and, to put it simply, I’ve been killing it on the business end.
And I don’t plan on stopping.