Hello, 2019!

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Here we are – 2019! Looking back at my Hello, 2018 post, I said that 2019 will be here “tomorrow.” I don’t think I’ve ever made a truer statement.

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Every single new year I always tell myself, “This will be the year.” The year of what, though? I’m not really sure. I have plenty of ideas and goals to keep my occupied and focused for the next 12 months. Whether something comes of those ideas, I have no idea.

If there’s one thing I know about myself, it’s that I’m a hard worker. I always have been and I definitely know I can be a bit of a control freak and while I collab a lot (I mean, I run an entire blog with my sister) I like doing a lot of things myself and on my own time. I enjoy being my own “boss,” if you will.

I quit my job in June 2017 and decided to pursue this whole writing and blogging thing. Since then, I’ve had my ups and downs. Ideas have come to fruition, others haven’t. Some deadlines were met, some are still collecting dust or were deleted all together.

When I don’t meet deadlines or complete a task, it could be for a number of reasons.

  • I took on too much and ran out of time
  • I took on too much and ran out of steam
  • Something came up in life – friends or family, good or bad – and I put them first

Improvements

One thing I’d like to improve about myself this 2019 is to stop being so hard on myself. If I run out of time, I stay up later or wake up earlier in an attempt to get hours back. If I don’t, I lie awake in bed all night thinking about it.

Same thing if I run out of steam. I need to accept that I’m human. I need breaks and rest and definitely need to schedule that into daily routine or stop working at a certain time for the day.

Family and friends will always come first, however there have been a few times where my work at suffered for no reason. I won’t explain in detail, but for two weeks straight I was helping a friend and it turned into the same problem each and every day. Sometimes people seem to think that because I’m home I have a lot of free time because I’m “my own boss” and I could always do my work “later.” But there will be times where it’s okay if I put my work first.

In other words, I need to stop feeling bad if I don’t get back to my friend right away or if I decide to put my work to the side for the time being.

So, What’s Up For The Blog?

With all that said, I’m changing some of the content on this blog. I’ve talked about this before, but I’ll say it again.

Instead of the blog being strictly writing and reading, I’ll be sprinkling in some personal posts here and there. This blog originally started off with writing posts and personal posts and I’d like to bring that back. There are only so many posts I can write about “dialogue.” Those posts won’t go away though! They’ll just be a little less with some other happenings going on. The schedule will, however, be the same daily posts.

  • Sunday – Short Story Story – A new flash story or poem from me.
  • Monday – Free for all – This will typically be home to any Guest Posts or Interviews along with a new feature that will appear once a month.
  • Tuesday – Free for all – Book reviews will appear on this day during July and August.
  • Wednesday – Free for all – Once a month will be a WIP Wednesday post.
  • Thursday – Free for all – I don’t think I ever really have anything special going on this day.
  • Friday – Time to Write – A creative writing prompt that everyone is welcome to participate in and share their stories in the comments.
  • Saturday – Book Reviews – A new book review will be posted.

In addition to new personal posts, I’ll be starting two new features. Both will appear once a month – Healthy Writer and Mental Health Monday. I’m looking forward to sharing those posts with you guys!

What Else?

On my Goodreads, I had pledged to read 52 books again. I think that will be a breeze for me with the way the past couple of years have worked out. I got a lot of gift cards to Barnes & Noble for Christmas, so I’m planning on buying myself one new book a week – because I totally need more books.

I do have quite a lot of writing goals, but I’ll be talking about that in a separate post tomorrow.

I have so many other things planned for 2019 as well – one should be made public in early March while the other will probably be closer to the end of the year. Plus there’s many more!

I’ve always been thinking of better ways to utilize my Patreon and make things more engaging for my Patrons. If you have anything in mind, let me know and please join my writing journey on there. A lot of cool new things will be coming in 2019 and my patrons will be the first to know about it.

Happy 2019!

I believe that’s it for now. I’ll be back tomorrow with an update on my writing goals for the year. Here’s hoping 2019 is filled with a lot of kindness and positive vibes all around. Thank you all for being here!

Do you have any plans for 2019? Are you looking forward to the new year? Let me know in the comments below. If you liked this post, please share it around.

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11 thoughts on “Hello, 2019!

  1. Happy New Year! Sounds like you have some great plans… Good luck with your 2019 goals.

    I know what you mean about the people who can’t seem to accept the difference between being home most of the time, and being available all the time. I also hear you on the need to remind myself that it’s OK to clock off without finishing every task on the to-do list, and there’s no need to feel guilty for sometimes putting other things ahead of writing. Finding the balance between putting the writing first, and putting other things first, isn’t easy, and it’s made more difficult still by people who don’t understand the whole working from home is still working thing.

    • Thank you! I wish you all the best in 2019. 🙂

      Yeah, it’s true. The work/life balance is tough but it’s harder for people who don’t experience working from home. I’ll be writing a new blog post about my new “work” schedule I made for myself.

  2. You’ve certainly got a lot packed in for 2019! Looking forward to your short stories Rachel. Interesting to see you on Patreon – it’s always something I’ve wrestled with because I’ve seen a lot of creatives use it to engage their audience better. I’m not sure how I feel about it, namely whether I feel comfortable asking people to support me as an independent contributor / whether I have a big enough platform or enough interest to inspire people to donate. I never felt great asking people for donations but I guess if it is wrapped in value, then it’s a win-win for both.

    Happy New Year!

    • Thank you, I’m looking forward to it!

      I struggled with Patreon too. I’ve had it for almost a year and I still feel weird asking people to join. But it’s not donations – it’s commission for my work. That’s a big misconception from most people. Depending on how much people decide to pay me, they get certain rewards from me so I can keep writing but also make a living from it. But, like I said, I do feel weird plugging it, but all it is is self-promotion. Which is something I need to get better at.

      I hope 2019 is good to you!

  3. First of all, Happy New Year! Second, it sounds like you’re going to have a full plate this year. I wish you the best of luck with your goals.

    I have a few goals myself. The one I want to see come to fruition the most is entering a short story contest. For the past two years, I’ve said I’m going to enter a contest, but never have. I think it’s a fear thing for me. But this year, I’m going to work on overcoming my fear. The other is publishing more stories on Wattpad and my blog. I was posting flash fiction on my blog and I got away from it partly because I started a Wattpad account a few months back and was more focused on getting content onto it. This year, I want to strike a balance between the two.

    • Happy new year to you too!

      Those sound like great goals. Hitting that “submit” button is one of the hardest things, I agree. I’ve submitted a fair amount to contests and magazines and the fear goes away at some point… except I still get nervous not because of my writing but because of if I did the process the way they want it to be done, lol. Every place is so different.

      Good luck with all your goals this year. You can do it. 🙂

  4. Happy New Year!
    Trying not to be so hard on myself is one of my goals this year. I participate in the Get Your Words Out challenge and after successes at 200k, I tried for 250k words last year. It was too much in a difficult year. Only when I accepted I’d failed that goal and set the goal to meet 100k by the end of the year did I find the focus and was able to just meet that revised goal. So I “lost” GYWO but there’s no penalty! I met my new personal goal and it felt great after all my woe over failing to meet the big goal. It was not the year for that big goal and that was okay.
    And this year I’ve signed up for the modest 150k words.
    (signups for GYWO are still open,http://www.getyourwordsout.net/ – I love it for the word count spreadsheet alone 😉 But I also love having a small community posting encouragement throughout the year)

    • I totally hear you. I had joining a challenge and then “losing,” lol. But any progress is progress! You have to remember that.

      I haven’t heard of this challenge before, but I’ll definitely look into it… between the 85K challenge and NaNo, I don’t know if I should add another one on, lol.

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