Year-End Review, 2016: 10 Prompts to Get Started

Year-End Review, 2016: 10 Prompts to Get Started

If you saw my earlier post, HERE, you know that I am working on Lisa Jacob’s New Year for a New You series. The series allows me to thoughtfully reflect on the previous year and figure out what I need to do in the future to continue toward my goals. (And if you want to do this and/or dive into 2017 goal planning, you can check out Lisa’s Your Best Year 2017 Workbook. It’s a beast of information and worksheets to get you ready to kick 2017’s butt!)

Today I’ll answer the 10 prompts for Day 1 of the series. I actually did this exercise (and days 2 and 3) on the actual days her blog posts came out but didn’t get a chance to blog the answers. So, here they are.

[Note: Some info I left out because it was personal or financial in nature and I don’t share every thing on my blog. *smiles* You’ll get the gist of things, though.]

Day 1:

What was time well spent this year?

As I mentioned in my initial Year-End Review post I spent a lot of time reading and researching on how to be consistent and productive. So that time was definitely well spent. One of the books I read (or listened to) was The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod which I thought was great. And of course Lisa’s blog and #YBY2017 workbook was instrumental in helping me with this.

But the reading and researching wasn’t just about the business side of an author’s life (or business person in general). It was also about the craft of writing. I’m always looking for ways to improve my writing and editing skills and this year several books helped with that. Gwen Hayes’ Romancing the Beat, DIYMFA by Gabriela Pereira, and the Before You Hit Send editing class I took were fantastic and moved me forward in terms of my writing.

On the personal side, Sarah Knight’s “The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a Fuck” was a great read that had me laughing hysterically. Not only was it fall off the chair funny it also helped teach me to say no to things I really don’t want to do but feel I have to do because of guilt or out of some feeling of obligation.

What was money well spent this year?

My new domain name; craft books; the Before You Hit Send editing class; Membership into the Romance Writer’s of America and my local chapter; a new laptop

What are your favorite memories this year?

Learning about the Bullet Journal system; Planning my Universal Orlando trip (January 18th, woohoo!); the RWA local chapter holiday party; the October writing retreat I attended; meeting new friends, betas, and authors who I now call friends; getting my kitten, Olive, as a surprise gift from my aunt.

What did you accomplish or complete in 2016?

Finished Wanted to my complete satisfaction!

Met new betas, yay!

Sweet Escape (Ashten Falls, book 3) outline (I’m actually 2/3 done with the 1st draft, as of today!)

Finished outline of Ashten Falls, book 4 (yep, I’m actually ahead of myself. Yay!)

Planned out 4 novellas and a 3 novella series

Did you make any progress on long-term goals?

Yes…and no. This is hard to say one way or another because so many of the goals I had at the beginning of 2016 changed so much. In January of 2016 I was intent on just writing books and letting everything else fall into place. This was not a good plan. I got overwhelmed and every thing seemed to fall apart–at least my trajectory did, anyway. So yeah, I accomplished things, but I didn’t get done what I thought I would. Does that make sense?

What felt successful about the year, as a whole?

Increasing knowledge and skills in the craft and business part of things.

Did you overcome any obstacles or mental blocks this year?

Yup. I’m not going to go into all the details here but suffice it to say I hit some major speed bumps this year. I made it to the end though and there’s no where to go but forward!

What did you learn about yourself after all that happened in 2016?

That I am capable of awesome, as long as I don’t get in my own way.

Who nurtured or supported you most this year?

My family & friends. And CNYRW, the local RWA chapter I joined in September. I’ve been to 4 meetings and feel like I’ve found a home in the writing community.

Who did you enjoy nurturing or supporting?

See above. 🙂

These questions were tough. They made me do a lot of soul-searching and look at what I accomplished (and didn’t). Doing so also made me look deeper at my processes and my planning (or lack thereof) strategies which for much of 2016 were sorely lacking.

Have you joined in to review 2016 and look ahead to 2017? If you want to join you can find Lisa’s New Year for A New You series start, HERE. Follow my blog or my twitter or FB page for more from this series of posts, and beyond. See ya soon!

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