Pondering 2019


Here we are, several days into 2019, and I haven’t made plans for this year. I’m not one for making resolutions, because even though I can be determined and steadfast, I rarely stay the course.

Long-term goals are easier to set. I’d love to blog on a regular basis again. I’d love to write over 1,000 words a day – or better yet, over 3,000 words a day. I’d love to take the time to read again. After reading 65 books in 2017, I logged a whopping eight books in 2018. I’d love to find the time for managing my business more efficiently. I want to handle social media and marketing in a more productive manner.

I need to limit my (escape) time playing Don’t Starve and hope the new edition of Don’t Starve Hamlet doesn’t hit the PS4 anytime soon.

All of my goals are realistic and doable. It’s worry and stress that keep me from accomplishing them, but I’m determined to mange that as well this year and make some forward progress.

We’ve reached the two-year point where Rich hasn’t been able to work. His health has recovered, but his back has not. I’ve been our sole breadwinner for seven months now, and I feel the pressure.

This brings me to sharing that I am coming up on an anniversary. February 8, 2012 was the day I sat down and tried my hand at writing. I can’t believe it’s been seven years. Honestly, seven years! It seems like just yesterday my family was laughing at me for even trying.

I would have never dreamed I would have sixteen books published by now, over 93,000 followers at BookBub, and sometime last summer, I crossed the $100,000 total earnings mark. That sounds really exciting, doesn’t it? It is – especially when I remember I only made $75 my first year. However, do the math. Averaged over six profitable years, it has been “helpful” income. I feel in my heart I can do better. I want 2019 to be a better year. I want to publish all three books in my new series, and I know I have one Two Sisters and a Journalist book in my head – two would be perfect. I get a tingly feeling of excitement just thinking about what I could accomplish if I can get my mindset right and forge ahead.

In other news, we have a new dog! We rescued Riley, a nine-year-old beagle/dachshund mix. He’s super sweet, well behaved, and an especially great companion for Rich. We think he wouldn’t mind riding on the motorcycle, because when Rich first showed it to him, he hopped right up.


How are you doing with your resolutions/goals so far? What’s your number one goal for 2019? Does your dog ride a motorcycle?

34 thoughts on “Pondering 2019

  1. Keep on keeping on, but remember to breathe. You’re doing well, and I’m proud to be associated with you.

    Cool dog. We had one that loved to ride in the Volkswagen, occasionally acted like I was his chauffer.

    • Thank you, Tim. I feel better when I’m productive, so I hope to get back to a schedule that works for my writing as well as my personal life.

      Ha! – a chauffer. 🙂 Dogs in cars are so much fun. We can’t help but wonder if this dog belonged to a trucker. He hunkers down and relaxes on the interstate but stands between us and watches the scenery/people on regular roads. I’ve never seen a dog so excited to get in a car before.

  2. Maddie!!! I think your goals are doable. I have your back, my friend. Go Maddie, Go!!!! ❤

    Sam is not going for a ride on a motorcycle until I do. LOL He's spoiled enough. 😉

  3. It is always good to see a blog from you. 🙂 Goals are good to have. I do it all the time. Yearly, monthly, weekly, and daily. Feels good when I can check one off the list. It sounds like you have had your time full. Hope the new year is better for your family. I love your books so keep on writing as long as you want to. 🙂 I didn’t read much last year either. 😦 Or write. Bummer. New goals to do more of both! lol Love the dog! 🙂

    • I probably need to be more like you. I should make lists and check things off – and tell myself no video games each day until the things on my list are checked off! 🙂 Yes, new goals for both of us, and it’s good to see you, too, Julia. I’ll check in with your blog soon!

    • Thank you, Juliann. Sometimes I feel like I’m running out of time, but yes, it’s all a process, and I hope “slow and steady wins the race” will work for me this year. I really loved your Red Cross post but couldn’t find words to leave a comment. I’ve never been exposed to a disaster or disaster relief, and anything I could have said would have been insignificant.

  4. It’s good to hear from you again! I have 5 books written and never published, but it’s the magic of writing that I love. I think I’ll just print them out on the copier and give them to my friends. Keep your writing going!

    • It’s good to see you, Claudia! I think printing your books for friends is a fine idea. Way back in my twenties, I typed up a cookbook of my favorite recipes, had copies printed and bound with a comb binding, and gave them to my friends as gifts.They were a hit. 🙂 You keep writing, too!

  5. Congrats on all your success, Maddie. I’m so impressed with what you’ve achieved, especially in these last couple difficult years. So sorry to hear your husband’s back is still giving him problems.

    • Thank you, Carrie. As for Rich’s back … he worked in a grocery warehouse for about fifteen years when he was younger. He lifted on average 100,000 pounds of groceries PER DAY. A back is not a machine, and his doctor thinks what he has now is all the better it will get. But we’re doing ok. I honestly think the worst is behind us. 🙂

  6. Amazing achievements, Maddie! I’m sure you will get your 2019 To-Do list done. I haven’t blogged for ages because I’ve been focusing on photography (see the Instagram feed on the RHS of my blog… if you want) so I can shoot my own book covers. This year I hope to shoot one properly and finish at least one of my many unfinished novels. But I think I said that last year…

  7. G’day Maddie. Good luck with the projects for 2019. February already. I think you are a super achiever to be able to keep coming up with new stories. Our lifestyle has changed too, we are now home bodies…

  8. I’ve written goals, not resolutions and the diet one is already in the toilet and the rest are working themselves out…slowly. 😉 Now that my daughter is settled in here with me, I plan to get back to the essentials of my plan. You can’t get where you want to go without a roadmap. I think you have very ambitious goals and I’m sure you will bring them all to fruition. You’ve already proven that to yourself so the rest is just to keep pedaling. You’ll get there.

    • Hi Marlene! Thank you for your support. I’m working hard to make some good changes this year. The past two years were pretty rough. I think that’s so nice that your daughter is with you now. Our adult son is living with us, and I enjoy having him here. Here’s to a good 2019 for both of us! 🙂

  9. I think your writing career is a success. And it feels good, doesn’t it? How did you find a publisher? I’ve given up on getting published, but I’m having a great time still writing.

    • I’m thrilled that I had such a rocky start but have managed to make headway. There is just so much more I want to do! I don’t have a publisher. I’m still self-published. I just write my stuff and put it up at Amazon and at Smashwords. You, too, can self-publish. 🙂 I’m glad you’re still having fun writing, Claudia!

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