Before 2017 started, I thought I had those twelve months planned out perfectly. I had post it notes of motivational quotes everywhere, a lengthy checklist of what I planned to accomplish and an even longer list of how I was going to get it all done. Here we are into the seven month of the year and it’s time for a mid-year check in! I like to give myself personal assessments from time to time just to make sure I’m on the right track.
The biggest accomplishment that I’ve had this year thusfar, is getting my first novel, Betrayal In The City, published. It was released March 24, 2017 and I couldn’t be any more proud of myself. That was the first item on my list to check off. I was making progress. Completing book number two in 30 days was a short term goal that I did not meet. At the time, I just knew that I could do it. I planned to kick out a book every month, quit my full time job, move to New York City and make a generous living out of being a writer. Let’s just say things didn’t quite happen that way.
Working full time, attending school full time and handling multiple blogging projects while trying to balance a social life tends to leave very little time for much of anything. I am still writing my second book in the midst of handling other responsibilities two months later after my projected goal. And I’ve honestly been dragging my feet on everything else.
I was feeling burnt out. That same determination and drive that I started January 1st with was slowly but surely decreasing by the day. A few steps that I took to get me back in the spirit of slaying my goals are:
Realizing that it’s okay to take a break. I used to get so caught up in multiple projects to the point where I was stressing myself out. Taking a day here and there to recharge my mental space gave me an instant energy boost.
Checking in with my accountability partners. My best friends have really played a part in keeping me on track. We often have conversations about how to perfect our goals and swap ideas about how to accomplish them. We even congratulate each other on completing them or offer support when we’re not making the moves as fast as we had hopes. Having a support team that will call you out when you’re slacking and offer words of encouragement at the same time is a quick way to get you back into the swing of things!
Just Do It. Nike’s famous slogan. I knew that the path to success was not going to be a smooth one. There were times where I was upset about things not happening as I had hoped they would. But thank God for 25 more letters in the alphabet since Plan A didn’t cut it. I knew that if I wanted it as bad as I said I did, then I would do what I had to do to get it done. Period.
There will be times when life becomes overwhelming and stressful. But that period could be used as a time to realign your focus by recharging your mental, physical and emotional batteries, surrounding yourself with your support team and simply getting shit done. There’s no use in complaining about having too much on your plate, when the goal was to eat.
I will end this with a few takeaway quotes from one of the most hardworking women in the world, Beyonce:
“Women have to take the time to focus on our mental health---take time for self, for the spiritual, without feeling guilty or selfish.”
“The world will see you how you see you and treat you how you treat yourself.”
“The reality is: sometimes you lose. And you’re never too good to lose. You’re never too big to lose. You’re never too smart to lose. It happens.”
“Never let success go to your head. Never let failure get to your heart.”
“I dream it. I work hard. I grind till I own it.”
EM Woodz Aka The Dream Big Pretty is A Nashville, TN native, Em is a twenty something year old millennial writer. When she isn’t penning a new book, she can usually be found stalking Pinterest for the latest trends, planning new vacations or enriching the lives of others with motivation. Feel free to follow her journey on Instagram: @thatFANCYwriter| Facebook: Em Woodz | Wattpad: thatFANCYwriterEM