Thursday, January 15, 2015

Take the Time to Enjoy the Little Things!

Somewhere, and I'm not sure where, I've read that it takes 30 days of a consistent behavior to make it a part of your daily routine. Most of us don't like something about ourselves, and so we push ourselves to change something, whether it be diet, exercise, career related, writing related... you get the picture. We are driven to be better, to be stronger, to be more focused, and the list goes on.

Everyone has some sort of goal, and if you don't, I'm a little jealous. Maybe your completely content with yourself, and that's an admirable trait, but I think I'm in the majority that wants more.

In our journey to obtain these changes and goals, we tend to rush through life and not take the time to enjoy the simpler things. I feel rushed all day long, and then at the end of the day, I feel like I didn't do enough.

We all need to really appreciate the little things...the clouds in the sky, a bird in a tree, an icicle hanging from a branch. Take a moment to breathe and look around. You'd be amazed at what you may see.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy 2015!

My attempt at photography for future covers. Creepy, no?
Wow! Can you believe another year has flown by so quickly? Is it me, or does time fly by faster the older we become?

What plans do you have for 2015?

I'm not a fan of making resolutions, but I do like the feeling of starting anew. Sometimes, I think that a new beginning brings hope to most, as with the beginning of a new year. It's a time that people feel inspiration that this year will be better than the last.

What most people don't realize is that good things can come to them, if they put forth the effort to make their goals a reality. I started dieting and working out two months ago, and I plan to continue that into the new year. I feel better and want that feeling to continue.

I also published three new books in 2014, which is an increase from the one book in 2013, so I've accomplished some of my goals. Would I have liked to publish more? Yes, but I still need to recognize my accomplishments and stop nagging myself about what I didn't finish.

Forgive yourself and move on. You can't change the past, but you can change the present. Make the decisions to do what you want now, and know it'll take time to accomplish your goals WITH hard work and effort.

For my writing friends, I found this cool site where you can get word tracking spreadsheets to help you determine how your writing is progressing. Stop by here and check them out.

Happy New Year, and may this year be your best!