Look back and moving forward.

Look back and moving forward.

As I look back over the past year, there were a lot of changes: a new addition in our family, the death of a beloved pet, moving to a new state, finding the courage to publish, quitting my job in the beginning of the year only to start a job during the final days of the year, and collaborating with a friend to build a literary press. There were some other really great stuff in the mix, too, and 2016 proved, despite all the negativity and death, to be a good year for me overall.

Looking forward, I’m continuing to ride that wave of success in several aspects of my life. I’m focusing on writing and publishing; editing, homeschooling, and spiritual side projects; raising my kidlets; and reading good literature. I have an idea percolating in the back of my mind, but I’m being realistic about it, trying to figure out the best way to implement it, so it’s a long-term goal. I’m also exploring furthering my education and, hopefully, enrolling in a new Master’s program in education.

My words for 2017, because I am a logophile [lover of words – and logs, for that matter], are LIBERATION and COURAGE and CREATE. 

In terms of concrete goals, because self-help blogs tout the power of SMART goals, I’m working toward:

  • Writing 1,000 words a day minimum. [I’m aiming for one million words this year, though I will be happy with 365K.]
  • Reading 70 books.
  • Reading 1 book a day each to the kids.
  • Earn $10K from editing.
  • Earn $5K from spiritual store.
  • Publish 8 homeschooling resources.
  • Publish 3 collaborative anthologies.


In January, I’m starting strong, if only because I know my energy levels are highest during the beginning and end of the year.

  • Write 31,000 words [in the form of 5 short stories and 1 novella]
  • Read and review 5 books.
  • Read 62 books to the kids [31 to each]
  • Launch editing website.
  • Launch spiritual store and blog.
  • Launch homeschooling blog and website.
  • Create 1 homeschooling resource.
  • Edit 2 novels for clients.


Updated posts will come every other week to allow for adjustments and victory dances. 🙂 In the meantime, I’ll post about my current WIPs and reads.

What are some of your goals for the new year? Do you break it down for each month, three months, six months, or is it a free-for-all?