EagleI turned 40 yesterday – yeah yeah yeah – Life begins at 40 and all that stuff.  That isn’t really what I anticipated.  I wanted to enjoy my 40’s, having been through a rough period in my 30’s (and 20’s), so maybe it does begin at 40.  I just need to sort out things in my life… still.

But anyway, for my 40th birthday, I had some magnets made up – which have an eagle on them, and Stretch Out And Risk (SOAR).  My husband wanted to know why I chose this.  He doesn’t really want me taking too many risks at the moment, but I told him what I am going to tell you now:

It isn’t about throwing myself out of a plan or abseiling or rock climbing, it is more about stepping outside of my comfort zone and actually taking a risk with it.  

Like my plan this year, to be published.  If I don’t manage to get it done via traditional publishing methods, then I will self publish, and get an ebook out there.  I know I have support from one of my writer friends who is also self published, and no doubt, others will encourage me also.

I am also doing a proof reading course – which will benefit my writing hopefully, but I also want to perhaps start a new business doing this on a more professional basis.  I will have to see how it goes for me, but I want to start making some changes in my life – start taking back my power, and doing things that I want to do.

Another goal this year, is to get my motorbike up and running.  It is currently unregistered and unwarranted, and needs to be certified and re-VIN-ed in order for the bike to be road worthy.  I want to get out and about and visiting and seeing the world.

So this year is about SOARing for me, taking a step outside of my comfort zone – even in a child like step and start something new.

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3 thoughts on “SOARing

  • February 24, 2014 at 8:25 am

    Karen, a BIG happy birthday!!! I love your soar motif. Although my fortieth is well past if I’d read this at the time, you might have seen me grabbing the soar eagle or something from your post. As it is, when I hit my thirties, and was looking for some change (I think big 0 birthdays do that to you – look for a sense of identity and calm out of it all) I chose a bumblebee motif as something similar. Not because bumbles can soar (more blipping, I’d say) but because they defy science with their flying.

    Self-publishing = yeah, of course. And we share a similar goal for the year, so that’s great. Your proofreading course has got to be a bonus, too. Perhaps I’ll swipe that idea instead. *Grins*.

    And tell your hubbie – risk is what writers know naturally about. We put our words out there – and face the fear of it all. A great lot of us fall at that risk or public exposure, so if we beat that hurdle then soaRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!

  • February 24, 2014 at 9:53 am

    thanks Hunter – maybe we can help each other out! I have to make sure that the book is as “perfect” as possible before I put it out there – no spelling or grammar mistakes.

    The bumblebee is awesome – what a wonderful motif, I can relate to defying science!

  • February 26, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    Happy belated birthday. Stepping out into the unknown is always scary, but if you dont make that step you will never know how far you could go. Check out penguin – they will read unsolicted manuscrips for the first week of the month.


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