2017 Writing Goals and Achievements.
My goal was to improve my writing skills and get serious about what I want to do.
So what did I accomplish?
Did I accomplish anything else? YEAH! I got shortlisted for an unpublished manuscript award here in SA, as shown by the photo above. That photo is a media release from Arts SA with my photo on the same release as YA author, Vikki Wakefield, someone I greatly admire!!
So that is pretty damn cool!
Also, there is always a lot going on behind the scenes, writing ups and downs and new opportunities opening and the like, but I think it’s nice to wait for solid changes before writing about any of those kinds of things.
Other stuff I really want to accomplish in 2018 is just to keep focusing on improving, and taking new opportunities wherever I can find them. And stay serious about what I want to do. And keep trying hard no matter what.
Life Goals for 2018?
Yeah. Life is not only about writing you know. There is a lot going on. Or at least there should be, you just gotta make the time for it maybe.
It is important to spend time enjoying the world I live in, so we have decided to create regular time for getting out and about more often, as it is so easy to fall into a rut when you are busy and working. You know, go to work, come home, watch TV, squeeze in some writing, sit at a computer all day (both at home and at work!). Sleep. Start again.
But there’s got to be more to life than that.
So next year it will be about enjoying the world a little bit more and making the effort, even if I’m tired.
The other important goal, is of course, being more positive. Or finding that positivity in daily life wherever possible.
It was a bit of a shock for me to realise that coming to the end of the first year spent without my mum, it wouldn’t necessarily mean life will get easier next year. I really had it in my head that it would though, that the second year without her would automatically be easier. But now I am realising this won’t exactly be true.
But at least I know this now and my expectations have lowered.
I actually think that’s kind of an important part of being happy, having the right expectations.
And I don’t mean that everyone should lower their expectations and believe life is totally shit cos then you never get disappointed... I just mean that having a better understanding of the reality of the world can free you up from always feeling sad that things aren’t completely perfect. This frame of mind makes it easier to embrace the things that are good, even if they are small.
Now some people would read this next part and think it to be totally morbid, but I am kind of embracing this new idea these days. It’s this old-school thing called Memento Mori, which basically means ‘Remember that you have to die’.
Well, not really actually. It is used in some way or form in a hell of a lot of different cultures all around the world, with the idea being that by embracing the fact that death is part of life, it makes you much more grateful for the world around you. By accepting that nothing lasts forever, and yes... one day you will die, it actually makes it much easier to enjoy the small things in life and be grateful for your existence, even when it isn’t quite as perfect as you wish it to be.
And to close out 2017, here a bunch of photos I took. :)