Letting 2021 Go

This week involved a few unexpected things that took away from the completely mindless relaxation I had planned for the family. It wasn’t totally negative or totally positive and I’m taking it as the mindset I need to let 2021 go.

2021 was challenging and I know this is a universal truth for most of us. It was the epitome of what last week was. There were things I didn’t expect to handle, lovely moments of relaxation and mindless fun in between moments of anxious worry and at the end there were answers and also no real answers to be had. I took it, like we’ve all I think learned to take everything since early 2020, in stride and tried not to control what I couldn’t. That word I’d chosen for 2021, culminate, held true as the year wound down to its anticipatory end. I spent the last night of the year eating some of my favorite foods, playing some of my favorite games, and spending time with undoutably my favorite three people in the world. Along with a couple of pretty cute dogs. 🙂

While last week was spent doing minimal writing work, this week is going to be heavy on the planning, prepping, and writing work. I’ve printed out the latest draft of MS:TS for revision work. I think I am going to do what I did last time and bounce between paper revisions and digital revisions. I really found the process of making overall notes about the plot and story arc first, making place holders for any new chapters that need to be written, and then working my way through the manuscript chapter by chapter was very effective. But more than that, I’m going to be taking the next few weeks to really sit and think about my goals for 2022. I know I have goals set for the first half of the year, based on the way I set me writing goals from June to May of each year, but I’ve done a lot of thinking and realize that the goals I had set for myself just don’t ring true the way they did back in June when I set them. I want to break down my goal setting process, reflect, and then reset to move forward from the place I’m starting now. It’s an invaluable exercise to set goals and I hope you’ll be just as interested as I am in taking time to break down the process to set and achieve goals that move the person setting them toward the next best version of themselves.

In case you haven’t been told today, you are more than enough.

Happy Writing and belated Happy New Year!

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