Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a happy and safe Christmas and New Year.  I spent time with my family, which was really nice and relaxing, but now it is time to focus on work and the future.

Last year was about being truthful, and honestly (lol, I know), I found it hard.  Being truthful with myself was easy, I know what I want, but didn’t always know how to go about it. Being truthful to others was hard. There are certain things I don’t want to discuss with people, and sometimes those things need to be discussed.

So this year, I thought I would go easy on myself.  My theme this year is:

Turning Dreams into Goals and Goals into reality

So what are my dreams?  I’m still working some of this out, but I do know I want to do more with my art, and I want to build my notebook business Notebookaholics too.

My goals for writing have shifted too.  I will still be writing, but romance is a bit of a struggle for me at present, being so cynical about love.  So I’ve decided to focus on a chick lit story that I want to write, and also a kids adventure book, suitable for 8 – 16 year olds and older.  I also want this book to be aimed at boys, and it is based around adventures of two kids around New Zealand.  I have three book ideas so far, but want to focus on the first one.  I’m quite excited about this project, and my son is onboard too.  He told me he wants to write a book this summer, so I will be encouraging him to follow through with this.

Changing my shift in focus on writing has really made me feel more confident about my writing, because I was starting to feel that perhaps I wasn’t quite capturing the whole romance thing.  I wanted to be able to focus on other things rather than the romance, and the more I tried not to, the more I found myself wondering about love, and having gone through a marriage breakup, I started questioning the whole concept of love. As Romance has to have a HEA (Happily Ever After), I decided to focus on things that didn’t have to have love or romance.  And there is othing further from romance than a kids adventure book.

I have some personal goals that I want to pursue this year too, but they will be covered in my wellbeing series.  I will be revising my Physical, Spiritual, Mental and Emotional Wellbeing Goals this year, and will change the format of that post. I have some exciting blog ideas coming up.  I also want to blog a bit more about my marriage breakup and the emotional rollercoaster I have been on, because I am sure there are lots of people out there who can understand or relate to it.  You’re not alone.  And its always nice to know you’re not the only one going through a tough time.

I’m back at school this year, doing NCEA Level 2 Visual Arts, and Level 2 Materials (Woodwork).  I’m quite excited about the woodwork one, as I have so many ideas buzzing inside my head.  But will have to wait and see what the Technology teacher has in mind.

I also picked up some gardening work just before Christmas, and it will be a couple of days a week, so a little bit of extra income coming in will be awesome.

So that is what I am up to this year.  What are your goals for the year?

Have a great week.




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