Looking Back & Looking Forward

That’s about all I can say for 2017…bye bye!

It’s been a rough year – for a lot of reasons – and I’m glad to see the end of it.

I am grateful for the things I’ve learned, though, about myself, about what I want to be doing, and about what is standing in my way (Spoiler alert – I’m the thing standing in my way a lot of the time.)

I’m not going to revisit the goals I made at the beginning of 2017. I’m determined to leave the past in the past and move forward.

With that in mind, I’m going to look forward to what I want to accomplish in 2018.

Continue making self-care a priority – I did pretty well with this the past year, though toward the end, not so much. But that did make it very clear to me just how important self-care is and how necessary it is. This includes moving more, eating better, sleeping more (omg, need to sleep more!), taking time for me (whatever that looks like in the moment), and being kinder to myself.

Continue blogging regularly – We’ve got out schedule for the next year all laid out, and I’m really excited about it.

Keeping my house in order – I’ve found the better I am this, the clearer my mind is. Cluttered surrounding, cluttered brain, apparently. Hmmm, I guess this kinda falls under self-care, in a way…

Say no more often – This is where the standing-in-my-own-way thing comes in. And I’m owning it. I’m the one who says yes to everyone because I want to help, I feel guilty when I say no, etc. I’m trying to change my mind-set on this because it is okay to say no, especially when it interferes with or blocks what I want/need to be doing.

Be more positive – It is so easy to focus on the negative stuff, and I find when I do that, it’s a sickening, soul-sucking spiral, and then, I can’t see the positive at all. So, this year, I’m determined to focus on the positive as much as possibly can (Side note: I just read an article about how when we focus on the negative and complain, complain, complain, it affects your brain physically and makes negative thoughts all the more easy to process…or something like that. It’s late, I’ll admit, and my word-smithing skills are tired. LOL But the basic gist is our brains are about efficiency, so by focusing on the negative, we hardwire our brain to go down that negative path more easily.)

Write daily – Sure, some days, getting huge amounts of words isn’t going to happen, but there isn’t really a day when I can’t get at least 100 words in. I need to kick the all-or-nothing mentality, because every little bit counts. It all adds up.

Release 4 books – I’m not gonna lie…I’m tempted to make that number higher, but I’m not going to. I’m going to focus on writing four awesome books and releasing those in 2018. If I write more, great, but this is my goal.

So, bye-bye, 2017.  And, 2018…

Bronwyn Green 

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