So I can honestly say this has been a great year. I fixed my teeth first and foremost, and in the process exorcised quite a few demons out of myself.
Look at that smile. Isn’t that awesome?
Then I just kept writing and podcasting. On the writing front, all seems quiet. You haven’t seen a new book from me this year. It does look like you will three next year at least, but this year was more about developing new things and continuing what was happening from the year prior. I did finally do a book launch at Owl’s Nest books that was also a live podcast. I ended up setting myself to do more shows next year.
Sweet and Sultry Summer was a lot of fun for me. I ended up becoming more acclimated with the Romantic writing communities. It was a lot of fun and once again I want to thank M. Jane Colette for giving me the opportunity to be a part of something special that she created. It was a blast to do and I hope I get a shot to do it again this year.
Shortly after this event I got an email that said that I was a finalist for The Grand Prix Aurora awards. I won.
That’s a hell of a year right there. But all in all I’ve been feeling like there’s been a swell of momentum heading down this direction. I’ve had doors open up, and to my humbling surprise, it seems like this podcast of mine is influencing and inspiring people.
Now, it’s no secret that I’ve been wanting out of my day job forever. It’s the dream right? One of the things about my day job though is the flexibility it has. My goals are pretty much well known, and I’m given the opportunity to push forward on my dreams. I’d be a fool not to be grateful for that.
I’m not getting younger. I have my dreams and my goals in front of me still, and it feels like there are things in reach. Doors have opened, cool things keep happening to me, and at some point you have to ride the momentum.
You have to bet on you. I have to bet on me. I think I’m onto something here. I’ve said in my social media that you have to go to it. It’s time to go for it. Let’s see what happens when I take things even more seriously.
Success is work. Bottom line. I have to take my podcast more seriously, and I have to take my writing more seriously.
If anything I’ve learned this year is that if I focused on my writing as much as my podcast, who knows what I can accomplish? So now is the time and opportunity to create that chance.
I don’t know if reading this, you are stuck on going for it, you need to. At some point, you can’t stay safe. You have to leap. And it’s okay to fail. I know I still have long days ahead on the day job. Even going part time, there will be moments I’ll have to work more. I may have a week here or a month there, but it’s going to be less.
My dreams will take precedence more. At the end of the day, you have to decide what you want. You have to make the decision of who you want to be. We all do what we want to do. So what do you want?
I know what I want.
Next time, we’ll talk the future in detail.