Did you see my 2018 roundup of all the top posts on opwrites.com in 2018? Go check it out! I’ll wait. Now, as we look to the year ahead, I’ve decided to make some new year promises. We all know that no one keeps resolutions.
I believe change can and should be made throughout the year. However, there is something undeniably exciting about a brand new agenda with blank pages. For me, it symbolizes a year full of untapped opportunities, fresh potential and high motivation.
Eventually, of course, the excitement and motivation fade. And then what? Well, that’s when many people fail because they realize how much hard work it takes to reach a goal. You need to decide to make life changes and promise to follow through, even when you don’t want to. I always think back to why I started and remember that small, consistent changes are better than big changes that either never happen or fizzle.
Perhaps there’s a change you’ve been meaning to make:
- Calming your monkey brain with meditation
- Eating clean food to fuel your body
- Working out to increase your physical fitness
- Making lifestyle adjustments to become healthier
- Starting a daily writing habit.
Why not create space to include something that serves you and your well-being in 2019? Stick with it for at least three months and I promise you’ll find it’s become a habit that no longer feels like work. There is no reason why 2019 can’t be your year.
my new year’s promises
I used to write in a journal religiously, but I hate the physical act of writing and much prefer typing. I’m a millennial, what can I say? It cramps my hand. To avoid setting myself up for failure, I’m implementing a “one line per day” journal rule. In 2018, I felt very stuck and was not making the progress I wanted to anywhere in my life. This tactic will help me stay accountable and, hopefully, look back on 2019 with a feeling of accomplishment over how far I’ve come.
I love strength training and HIIT cardio, especially combined into one kick ass workout. However, in my never-ending quest to eliminate stress and be kind to my body, I’m committing to 30 days of yoga in January. I’ve always said that yoga is for my mind, not my body, but in this case my body needs the break. Lifting heavy things and jumping around is good for you, but it’s also a source of stress.
I shared the radical conversation I had with my doctor on Instagram (go follow me and my hashtag, #authoropwrites) and for a while, I was getting adequate rest. However, it was easy for me to fall off the wagon when I started feeling better. The sweet spot for sleep is 7-8 hours per night (no more, no less) and that is what I will be getting (10 p.m. to 6 a.m. in case anyone was curious).
I haven’t put structure around my writing in a long time. However, a goal without a plan is just a dream. I’ll bring Twist of Fate to you next year and in the interim, my priority is building my backlist. That won’t happen unless I sit down and do the work, even if I don’t feel like it. For me, this means first thing in the morning because I prefer to spend evenings with my boys and I won’t sacrifice family time.
What you can expect on opwrites.com in 2019
Next year I plan to share:
- Motivation Monday: this feature will only be on social media (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest), so head over and follow me somewhere (or everywhere). We should all start our week off positively, amiright?
- Snapshot Saturday: this is another feature that will only be on social media (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest). Chances are, it will feature much requested photos of Buster, the odd selfie of me and James, and our Muskoka sanctuary
- Craft advice: Stephen King is a literary genius and his book, On Writing, has become a cult classic. I’m going to start a series right here on the blog that shares his advice on how to be a better writer with my take on how to practically apply his wisdom
- Creative living: Elizabeth Gilbert is my spirit animal and her book, Big Magic, is my bible. I want everyone to buy it and devour it, but in the meantime, I’ll share some of her wisdom in a second blog series. You can apply her advice to any creative endeavor
- Lifestyle and health content: the life section of my blog is one of the most popular and this article received rave reviews. I’m a contemporary romance author, but I’m also many other things. My most important role is being a wife and I have so many hobbies and interests outside of writing, including healthy living. Consistent with my approach to everything, I want opwrites.com to be balanced
- Recipes: so many of you have written to tell me that you love my recipes and I appreciate the feedback. What you see featured on opwrites.com is what’s on our table (and one of us typically eats whatever we photograph immediately afterwards). My most popular recipe of 2018 was this one
I’m so excited for 2019! Let’s make it a great one.
What promises are you making to yourself in the new year?
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