Then there’s the regret of all the things I wanted to do but didn’t get done. I started out telling myself I should have done more.
More with my time, more work on my writing, more marketing, more effort at my job, more for my family, more for others, and more on improving my health and myself as a whole. Those thoughts loitered in my head like an unchecked list.
Suddenly I couldn’t sleep. I began to feel the weight of disappointment in myself even during the day. I started becoming depressed. Then I realized I had to flip my focus. I had to stop beating myself up over all the things I didn’t do and give myself credit for the things I did do, no matter how small. So I made a list of the things that I did accomplish in 2017.
I joined a new critique group.
I joined a new online group (Julie Hedlund’s 12X12 picture book challenge) for picture book writers. And because of that group, I wrote 12 new picture book drafts. 12!
Check it out! http://12x12challenge.com/about/what-is-12x12/
I participated in NANO (National Novel Writing Month) and had a higher word count this year than any of the previous years I had participated.
If you want to know more about National Novel Writing Month click here. https://nanowrimo.org/
I worked hard on my third book in The Sister Sleuths series and have a solid outline for the next book.
I ate less sugar and was more mindful of the kinds of food I consumed.
I lost a few pounds and have kept the majority of it off.
I added meditation to my daily routine, and the list went on and on.
When I let myself dwell on all the things I didn’t do I felt disappointed in myself and became depressed; but when I wrote down all of the things I did finish, I found that those things no matter how small made a difference in my life and that encouraged me to keep going, keep trying.
I hope when you read this, you’ll be inspired to make a list of all the things you did do in 2017 and let go of all of the things you didn’t. Sometimes we wallow in our regret over a few fleeting moments that occurred in a vast amount of time. If you focus on them, you’ll never allow yourself to celebrate the good things that you’ve done. Those good things will have lasting effects. Go into the New Year feeling good, and positive and open to whatever comes your way.I decided to start my New Year making a vision board to help me stay focused on the things I want to keep in my life and things I want to see in my life in 2018.
It was a fun and easy exercise. If you’d like to give it a try, Here’s the one I used. https://www.instagram.com/p/BOnxBJPDjOn/
M.A. Cortez lives with her family in Colorado. She spends her days reading, writing, and drinking lots of coffee.
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