Pondering 2019

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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.

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