Every once in a while my 8 year old announces, “Today is opposite day.” That pretty much sums up 2013 for me. My word for the year was “Simplify” and I managed to do the exact opposite.
Don't get me wrong, 2013 was a great year in many ways - I started writing full time which also gives me the flexibility to spend more - and more relaxed - time with my family; launched a group blog with a couple of writing friends; and started an organization for women's fiction writers with a great group of talented and dedicated authors.
I had the perfect word for 2014. Then life happened over the holidays. There are a lot of things in this world I have no control over. I can't control whether an agent or editor or reader will like my book. I can't control whether a loved one gets sick or injured or worse.
But there are still a few things I can control. I can control my attitude - I choose to write for the love of storytelling. I can control my outlook - I choose to be positive.
The more I looked at my goals for 2014 (yes, I made a list and it's a long list because it's just how I'm wired), the more one word became apparent - Prioritize. So that's what I'm doing this year. I'm focusing on the things I can control and putting what matters most at the tippy top of my priority list.
Cheers to a positive - and prioritized - 2014!