Taking Risks and Doing the Scary Things

This week I celebrate the 4th anniversary of leaving my day job. That’s 4+ years of constantly trying to play bigger. It’s just as exhilarating and exhausting as it sounds.

At Ali Edwards’s Story Camp event recently, she opened the workshop with writing exercises including a letter to our younger self.

I don’t have a lot of ‘regrets,’ per se, but there are certainly things I would have chosen differently if I had the chance now. Things like recognizing what I’m good at earlier in life, or learning not to care so much about other people’s opinions. There are a lot of mindset evolutions that I would have liked to have had at different stages of my life.

But the main advice I kept coming back to over and over in this letter to my younger self was “Do the scary thing.”

It makes me sad to think about it now … how many things I missed out on because too scared. How many opportunities I talked myself out of because even just dealing with the awesomeness was too overwhelming. I could name a bunch of examples, big and small. All the times that I played small and safe and avoided the possibility of failure by also avoiding the possibility of success and adventure.

I mean … I have a Masters degree in English. One of the most useless ways I could have spent those years and those thousands of dollars? Why? A few reasons, but also because I was hiding in grad school, not ready or willing to decide what I really wanted to do with my life.

I don’t know when I finally recognized that I was sabotaging myself in this way. But I do know that in 2013 I chose BRAVE for my One Little Word as a way to help train myself to make braver choices.

To do the scary thing.

All that year I consciously tried to always make the BRAVE choice. When I was given a set of options, what was the brave choice? When I was in a situation, how would a brave person react?

That’s the year that I finally quit my day job. That’s the year I went camping for the first time in decades. That’s the year I wrote a couple books and I launched a big course and I declared myself an expert in something.

Since then, BRAVE has migrated from my One Little Word to one of my Core Desired Feelings. because it is still — now four years later — something I struggle with. It is still a conscious decision. It is still a deliberate, thoughtful rebelling against my natural instincts.

I still have to make myself do scary things.

It does get easier. It doesn’t get less scary, but overcoming the fear gets easier with more practice. So I have been deliberately seeking out scary things and big overwhelming opportunities. If nothing else, then to just practice overcoming the fear.

Sometimes the scary thing is applying for a month-long writers’ residency. Sometimes it’s just going to a meet-up on a Sunday night where I don’t know anyone. Sometimes the scary thing is letting myself be emotionally vulnerable.

This week, do something for me, please? When you’re faced with a choice try to make the brave choice. Don’t assume what ‘should’ be done, question the safe choice.

Do the scary thing.

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One Little Word 2017: SHINE

I’m ready. I am READY for 2017. This last weekend I spent a lot of time reflecting on the last year, reflecting on where I am in my life and what I want to do going forward.

I am doing something different this year. Or, rather, I am NOT doing something.

I’ve decided that I am NOT setting specific goals for 2017. I have set big concrete goals every year for the last half-dozen at least. I’ve even helped create a goal-setting memory keeping project.

But I’m not feeling that this year. I have a couple ideas of why, but I have no regrets or hesitations about that. I sent an email to my list a few weeks ago about how I still feel like I’m a transition chapter of my life. I know the direction I’m going but I still need more of a foundation for this new life. This next year is going to be more about being ME and owning more of who I am and not holding back.

shineSo I chose my One Little Word with that intention in mind. …. SHINE

I love this annual practice … I love having a theme and a focus for the year. A filter through which I make choices. I love having Ali’s guidance throughout the year and creative projects to help bring the word more into my life.

I am looking forward to my year to SHINE.

I wish I could remember how the word found me … all I know is I’ve been thinking about this word since, like, August? Several months.

Sometime in 2016, I realized that enthusiasm is my superpower. Being a cheerleader is a gift that I bring to the world. Those Five Love Languages that Gary Chapman talks about? I can provide words of affirmation all day every day.

That’s about when I started my SHINE pinterest board (this one is my favorite, I think. Language warning). That’s about when I got my SHINE journal.

For me, this year to SHINE means a few different things …

I want to figure out what I am really good at and what I can offer the world.

I want to be unapologetically enthusiastic. I want to love without reserve.

I want to reflect back to the people in my life their own value and worth. I’m a cheerleader and an encourager and I can’t help it. Might as well own it.

I want to be a beacon for what is possible. I want to give hope to people who may be going through the same thing I have, or are struggling with the same things I did.

I don’t know yet exactly what this will all look like. What ACTIONS I need to take. … but it’s a mindset that I intend to hold on to all year.

I am very much looking forward to 2017. I haven’t the slightest idea what my life will look like at the end of it … that’s part of what this word is for. To help me make sure I’m staying on course, even without specific goals.

What is your One Little Word? Any BIG plans for 2017??







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Make time for MicroAdventures

I tweeted something the other day that sounds ridiculous, but it’s still true: I plan my life around being flexible.

I get up before dawn and get right to work. I willingly answer emails on Saturday morning. I sometimes stay up late just to finish writing a chapter or researching hotels for S&S events.

I work at any time of day SO I CAN ALSO take off work any time of day.

My number one priority right now is building a life for myself when I can be flexible. My best friend here in Austin has 3 kids so I always want to be available when she can be. Another close friend has a very full schedule and can only make time to call me at random times, so I want to be able to drop everything when needed. I have at least 2, maybe 3 or more, friends coming to town the rest of this summer that I want to be around for.

It’s very important to me that my life is my own. That I can be flexible and make time for microadventures.

Want to see some examples?

(of course you do)

Mid-May my friend Garrett came to town! We did lunch and then walked around Lady Bird Lake (~5 miles in flip flops and a dress. Not my smartest decision).

That was a full Sunday….

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Just recently, my editor friend Kristin came and stayed with me for a week AND it happened to coincide with my writer friend Logan stopping by Austin for the weekend. They didn’t know each other at all, but all my friends are fantastic, so we had a fun, full Saturday doing Austin-y things.

Lunch at Homeslice. Amy’s Ice Cream. Then touring the state Capitol building. Coffee at BookPeople. Relaxing by Alyssa’s pool. Mexican food for dinner. Full full day.

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Logan is related to Lorenzo De Zavala, so he had ALL KINDS of history to tell us about that wasn’t on the official Capitol tour. It was adorable and hilarious and I’m so so glad I have the kind of work that I can be available at such late notice just because Logan happens to be in town.

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And one last microadventure that I made time for last week ….. Kristin didn’t have any specific plans when she came to Austin, BUT her hockey team (Pittsburgh) happened to be playing in the Stanley Cup final. !! SO we went and sat in a sports bar for a few hours so she could watch her team win!!

Nothing I ever would have thought to do myself, but I’m so so glad I was able to be available to do it with her.

(freaking adorable when they won. OMG that girl)

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All of these little microadventures have been SO FUN for me! Being able to be available when people I love want me is SO FUN for me! Knowing that friends will text me when they come to town and I can drop everything to do fun touristy things is SO FUN for me.

This has really been a magical year so far, and making time for microadventures is a bit part of that.

I have a ton more I want to do too. If you live in Austin and have ideas, let me know!

I’ve started a couple Pinterest boards here:

 What is your next microadventure?



Taking photos is a lifestyle

Last week was Ali Edwards’s yearly Week in the Life™ project. As of right now I have NO idea how many photos I took, but I’m SURE it was more than I had taken the previous week.

And, ironically, in the middle of the week one of my online friends sent me a message about when was I going to go explore Austin more because she wanted to see my photos of the city!

Ha! Guess I’m kind of known for this. ….

I have made photography and capturing everyday images part of my lifestyle for something like twenty years.

empty apartmentBecause really … taking as many photos as I do is a lifestyle.

Being able to recognize what visual stories should be (or can be) documented is a skill and a habit and something I’ve had to develop.

How many people do you know that are going to take a photo from the backseat of the car … to help tell the story of taking a ‘driving tour’ while visiting a location? I would guess virtually nobody outside of this scrapbooking community.

And yet, I didn’t think twice about it. Because taking photos is part of my every day life.

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If you’ve been trying to develop the habit of taking more photos and documenting more of your life … here are some of my favorite tips!

How to maximize your photo-taking lifestyle:

Have a camera on you at all times

If you don’t have a decent camera as part of your cell phone… I feel you. I didn’t until about 6 months ago (I had an old-hand-me-down phone with a severely scratched lens). The total and complete change in my memory keeping habits has absolutely made the extra cost of getting a new phone worth it.

Plus! I actually take my big dSLR camera with me all over too! I deliberately make sure that I buy purses large enough to hold that camera.

Having a camera handy is a MUST for building photo-taking as a lifestyle.

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This is me leaving the White House. We went on a self-guided tour, so once you’re out this door you’re done. The perfect transition moment for a selfie.

Recognize transitions

Transition points are the perfect thing to take photos of. Anything from transitioning to a new job to transitioning through a doorway to walk into a new room.

Anytime SOMETHING changes, that’s the time to record the story.

Set an alarm if you need to

Anything you need to remind you to just take a second and look around and identify what story is happening at that moment that you want to record.

If you’re not taking any photos at all, just start with once a day. iPhones are miracles in that you can set an alarm and tell it to go off daily without having to think about it.

If not an ACTUAL alarm, set yourself a simple goal. Take a selfie every day. Take photos of your meals. Take 1 photo each day of your workspace.

Not all of these photos will be good or interesting, but creating the habit is the goal.

Get in the habit of SEEING

Knowing what you want to take photos of is just a habit and instinct to develop. Just … try.

Follow some Instagrammers that regularly post everyday photos. You’ll get a feel for the kinds of things that make good photo subjects, other than just your kid playing basketball or your family standing in front of Niagra Falls.

I recommend Ali Edwards, Megan Anderson and Elise Blaha Cripe to start with. And me :)

Have a plan for what you will do with your photos

Please don’t just leave hundreds of photos on your phone. Please. I’m not saying you need to create a giant Blurb book of your year, but at least have some kind of plan for reviewing your photos, backing them up, printing them out, and (0r) appreciating them in some way.

Start an Instagram account. Set a weekly date to review what photos you’ve taken. Be OK deleting some! Show off the images you love.

Taking photos is a lifestyle … Document your life through your camera. Tell your story. Everyone’s level of documenting is different, but forming the habit is the key.

Your turn! This week, get out your camera! Practice seeing your REAL LIFE all around you and record some stories!

The more you do it, the more it becomes a habit. And the more it becomes a habit the more irreplaceable moments you are able to document.



I love memory keeping. Of all kinds. I love it. But one of my very favorite personal projects that I’ve done the last few years is creating a year-long 6×8 pocket album specifically to document my goals and my progress on them.

I call this my January RESET project. I plan to create a new goal-setting album at the start every year, making myself write down the goals and document how I am hitting them. Or not.

Be sure you check out my previous pages in this project here. I started in January and tackled a different topic each of the first four weeks of the year. Beginning with reflecting on the previous year, all the way through setting goals and specific action steps.

Because you can’t hit your goals if you don’t know what the next step is. And you can’t know what the next step is until you know what is already done.

Which is why part of this year-long project is regular updates on progress. Today I want to share with you my 3-month check-in pages for January RESET. I’ve been reading The 12 Week Year and participating in my friend Clark’s (open-to-anyone) 90 Day Challenge accountability group. The idea of setting 3 month goals, and giving yourself more frequent deadlines seems to work really well to make you more productive.

Revisiting where I am with my goals on a 3 month basis is really helping me re-focus, re-prioritize and re-motivate me to get going on all of this.

Necessarily, this project requires a lot of journaling. I talk about what I want to do, what I have done, what is working or is not working, what obstacles I have had to overcome, what wins I can celebrate, and so much more.

The first couple pages of this 3-month update includes summaries of what has been accomplished so far and what I am still working on. Part of my goals are to write every day, so I’m including these 3×4 calendars to show off how many days I have been able to accomplish this (don’t judge when you scroll down and see April).

Document your goals with January RESET project

The backside of the page is just a lot of journaling about what has been happening in this year so far.

I really want to encourage you to use your own handwriting when you are journaling about personal topics like this. Not only is your handwriting a very personal, intimate aspect of YOUR story, but the actual physical act of putting a pen to paper can help you process thoughts better than typing it out. Highly recommended.

Document your goals with January RESET project

The next page opens with a selfie and a note to myself. SO much of this project is just a series of notes to myself. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

One of my big goals for 2016 was to move to Texas (done) and unpack right away and make this feel like home. I’ve moved so often over the last 10 years that I have barely had a chance to feel settled anywhere. These last 3 months, the goal I have made the most progress on has definitely been my ‘make a home’ goal.

Document your goals with January RESET project

I included a couple photos to document the progress (my apartment isn’t very big). I am proud of myself for only having a few boxes to still unpack, for having bought and put together a few pieces of furniture that I needed, for making myself at home. There are still a few things I want to do, but this is good progress for 3 months.

This next page — the 4×6 photo on a 6×8 piece of white paper? I changed my mind after getting the photos together. I had intended that photo to be used in a different layout, but the more I played with it the more I liked the idea of a big 6×8 image to document this new big part of my life:

Writing dates. One of my writer friends here in Austin has invited me to a writer / working date at a local coffeeshop almost once a week since I moved here. I love it. I love having local friends to be social with, and I love knowing that those hours are set aside for working on my books (instead of everything else).

Document your goals with January RESET project

And then the other side will be another 6×8 photo (still to be printed). A new goal that I set for myself over the last month is to make physical activity a priority. I have spent so much of the last year+ just sitting. Sitting and working. Sitting and reading. Sitting an working …. Sitting and staring at the wall :)

Ok, not really, but I work at the computer so much I feel like I bruised my tailbone. So these next 90 days (as part of this accountability group) I am focusing on hitting 10k steps (on my fitbit) every single day. Once I get that habit down I may add another habit, but this photo of me and my boss on the left is of a walking work-meeting we had a few weeks ago. I love that I live in Austin now and can do this. I love that I work with people who are up for this kind of meeting. I love that I have the flexibility in my job to walk while working.

At this last bit of my 3-month check-in I made sure to list out my current status. I have several big goals for the year, and all of them are in various stages of completion. I still have several months left to work on the rest.

Document your goals with January RESET project

MY CHALLENGE TO YOU: Document your goals.

Whether that is a whole RESET album like mine, or a journaling card in your Project Life spread this week or a whole series of Instagram posts. Take the time to

  1. write down what your goals are and
  2. celebrate your progress on them!

We mark so many milestones in our life that just kind of happen to us — birthdays, other people’s weddings, grandchildren. It’s time to celebrate the milestones that you make happen for yourself.

Be sure you check out previous posts in my January RESET album here for ideas and inspiration!

Supplies used from Allie Scraps, Ali Edwards, Studio Calico, Kelly Purkey, Project Life.

NOTE: This project originally appeared as part of the interNational Scrapbooking Day content in the ScrapGals Facebook Group. DEFINITELY join us there!



How to host a conference for writers

Hahaha! Just kidding. I have no idea. I mean, I did it recently, but that doesn’t mean I know what I’m doing :)

On March 30 and 31, the company I work for hosted a conference for indie authors. And I basically ran the whole thing.

I’m working on journaling ALL OF THE DETAILS for myself (thinking about printing out all the pages and tucking it in my Project Life album). The document has barely scratched the surface and it’s already like 4000 words. … and I keep being reminded of more. But in the meantime, here’s a tiny bit of an overview.

Last summer, the guys asked me to plan a conference for our audience. Now, keep in mind I have never in my life even been to an event of this size let alone plan one. But. You know. They trust me. And I can figure it out. Probably.

Fortunately, my mom HAS planned events like this so she helped me figure out all the things I needed to remember and think about and answer questions about. So I wasn’t totally flying blind. I spent months and months and months trying to plan this all in between all my other work (and still part-time). We didn’t make any money. We MIGHT have broke even. I’m sure I made mistakes …

Putting together the Smarter Artist Summit was … HARD. It was chaotic. Especially having to try to fit it around all my other work. The last month leading up to the event was SO full and stressful and my face totally broke out and I just know I have so many more gray hairs and all of it.

I basically did everything except invite the speakers and write the email blasts to promote. But everything to do with putting the actual physical experience together was on me (and, fortunately, the dozens of volunteers).

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But in spite of all that stress, it GENUINELY still exceeded all my expectations. The speakers were so smart, and I think everyone learned something no matter how far they were in their career.

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But my personal favorite part was the attendees. Everyone was so generous and kind and I could not have done this without them. I had more volunteers than I could use. And then in addition to that I had people going out of their way to buy me gifts, or lunch or physically take things out of my arms to help me.

I got to see friends from previous events and spend time with them which I LOVED. But I also got to meet so many new people. Not everyone that was there (disappointing), but I have all kinds of phone numbers and contact info for new friends that I am hoping to be able to connect with over the next year.

The attendees were all amazing.

More photos here and here.

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I tried to articulate it a bit in the caption of this photo.

I wish that I had had more time to hang out with everyone in between the actual event itself. I think several people are planning to come into town for a whole week next time. And we’re going to adjust the order of the events so post-Summit is more relaxed and more able to be social.

I am so very much looking forward to it!


Thursday night, after the Summit, about 40 of us all went out to karaoke and then out to a bar after that. I know one person specifically just stayed up all night before catching his flight at 6am. I love these people and I could not be more excited about next year.

In fact … we have already started selling tickets for next year’s event — even though we don’t have dates, a location or any speakers at all. And as of right now we’ve sold almost 10 already. Not too shabby.

Sterling & Stone isn’t my company, but I’m proud to be on the team. If you want to be in the loop for next year’s event or anything else the guys are working on you can sign up for the email list here: http://sterlingandstone.net/repeaters

I was *exhausted* and stayed in bed for several days afterward but it was totally worth it.

RECOMMENDED: I actually was *just* on a podcast episode last week talking about the event, if you want to hear some of the specific stories …. The guys recorded a couple podcast episodes about it too here more professionally mostly about the community and here totally NSFW but I join the show halfway through.

**SIDENOTE** Should I start focusing more on writing and being an indie author? Are you at all interested in that kind of content? It’s a big part of my life, but I’m not sure it belongs on this site. It’s ok to tell me to leave it out :)



Your RIGHT NOW Story: 30 Days of Lists March 2016

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What are you doing next month?

I hope it’s telling your story.

Last year at this time my life was falling apart. But I still did 30 Days of Lists as I have every March since 2011. Because I have a story. Sometimes it’s a hard story. Sometimes it’s a light story.

But it’s always my story.

Kam has written a great post about the 30 Days of List project here. The nuts & bolts and why Lists and probably answers all the questions you have.

But I want to talk about your story.

How are you making your mark? How are you recording your experiences? How are you indicating to yourself that you matter?

Because, my love, YOU MATTER. Your story is worth telling. Your weekly to-do list or your dreams for the future. All of that is worth writing down or recording in some way.

And you may not have time to make a big ol’ scrapbook, or write out your memoirs.

But I promise that you have time to make a list. Just 1 list every day for 30 days. In a community of women who are all working on recording their story in the same way.

#30Lists has this wonderful, personal magic to it. And I hope you’ll come on the journey with us.

Click here to register and join us!

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I feel stupid: On intellectual challenges

I feel stupid. Or, rather … I don’t feel like I’m as smart as I used to be. And I’m not totally sure why that is.

I’m an English major (totally stereotypical). Between my undergraduate and graduate school, I spent ~6 years immersed in critical analysis of novels and other texts. But that ended almost 10 years ago.

And in those 10 years I have gotten out of the practice of that analysis. Of that deep thinking and making connections between seemingly unrelated things. And as I work on my first novels, trying to make them worthy of being categorized in the ‘literary fiction’ genre, I want those skills back.

I feel stupid.

critical analysisMaybe because I miss academia.

Maybe because I work with people much smarter than me.

Maybe because I spent last year reading a lot of just-ok YA novels.

Maybe because I haven’t actively created or launched any new products in about 2 years.

I need to fix this. I don’t like feeling stupid.

All my belongings were delivered on Friday, so I now have all my books again. Including books like this and this and this which will absolutely scratch that academia itch. I’ve been reading a lot of ebooks lately, and I miss having the physical books. Physical books with orange pen in hand.

Some plans and ideas I have ….

  • Read (and re-read) the lit-crit books I already have.
  • Read (and re-read) the novels I studied in college/grad school
  • Actively seek out academic journals and papers
  • Deliberately make notes about the books I’m reading
  • Write academic papers?

I mean that last one …. seems like such an indulgence. Writing academic articles as a hobby? What would I do with them? I can’t imagine them being good enough for any kind of publication. But the practice of articulating my ideas might be useful?

I’m not sure. What do you think?

I DO have my Master’s thesis (and I’ve mentioned this before) …. it’s about Harry Potter and memory and material culture, and I wrote it before the 7th book came out. I’ve long wanted to revise it (substantially) and self-publish it in case anyone else out there is a super-nerd like me. Maybe this will be the year I finish that.

I’ve been doing morning pages, which helps some. But it’s still not that academic critique that I (genuinely) love.

I need a challenge.

Recommendations? What do you do to challenge yourself intellectually?



Why I’m moving to Austin

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If you had asked me a couple years if I would ever move to Texas I would have laughed at you. Laughed in your face. It probably would have been rude, actually, but I mean…. C’mon. Texas???

And then I made friends with Sean Platt.

Let’s back up …  

Last year at this time my life started falling apart, so in order to feel like I had some kind of control I started grasping for a plan. Any plan. What could I do to take control back of my life?    

I could move. I could give myself a true fresh start in some place else entirely.

I love L.A. I really do. But I was tired of it. Too expensive. Too much traffic. Too many bad memories.

I didn’t have any reason to stay in Los Angeles, and plenty of reasons to move somewhere else. Anywhere else. So I started from scratch …. What are my priorities? What do I want in a city? What do I not want?

A partial list …

  • I want to live somewhere that I already know people
  • I want to live somewhere I can afford to buy a house within the next couple years, that I can afford to not have to get a full-time day job and that will allow me to be able to save money or spend it on travel
  • I don’t want to have to drive in the snow
  • I’d prefer to live somewhere liberal and creative if possible

 There’s more. And nowhere is perfect, really. If I had more of a regular income right now this would be a totally different decision. 

The primary factor came down to where I know people. I mean, to be honest, because of the miracle of the internet I have friends everywhere. All over the country, for sure, and if I were to go to Germany or Australia I could scrounge up a couple coffee dates too.

But the only places I know more than 1 or 2 people are Los Angeles (which we’ve already eliminated), Phoenix (where Andrew and I got married and lived several years. It would not really be starting over), Couer d’Alene, Idaho (but the only people I know there is Andrew’s extended family. Also, snow) …. Portland and Austin.

Which narrows my choices down to Portland, OR and Austin, TX …

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Portland is gorgeous and amazing, and I do know about 3 people there.

But in Austin’s favor ….

… The cost of living is slightly lower than Portland. Which leaves me more a buffer to build up my freelance income, will let me buy a house sooner and travel more.

… I have a lot of friends there. A lot. And a couple more planning to move in the next few months. I already have a monthly dinner date with several friends, 2 of them went and looked at apartments for me.

… Because the company I work for is more or less headquartered in Austin, I would be traveling there every 6 months (at least) anyway. This company has big big plans for the next few years, so if I stay with them it will make more and more sense for me to be living in that city.

The dinner table photo above is of a bunch of writer friends I saw when I was in Austin last September. These are the people I’ll be seeing regularly now.

I’m not saying I’m married to Austin (in fact, I’ve been fantasizing about living in Washington DC if I could afford it). I could totally see myself living in Rome for 3 months or renting a cabin near Yellowstone for a summer. But right now, this is the best option for me.

I am so excited to be starting over here!

Have you ever been to Austin? What did you think?



January RESET: Action Steps

Last of the January RESET prompts! By now you should have a pretty good idea of how you’re going to move forward to make this the best year ever!

I love love love the new fresh start beginnings of the year. I love planning. I love how much I have to look forward to this year.

If this is the first you’re hearing about it, check out earlier posts:

SO! Moving on to this week! ACTION STEPS

Action steps are basically … breaking down your bigger goal into smaller, more manageable pieces. It’s all well and good to say I’m going to publish 6 novels this year, but there are A LOT of smaller steps built into that. First I have to finish 1 rough draft … then revise that draft. Then polish that draft. Then cover, then marketing, then get it to market, etc. Times 6.

Action steps.

For another look, read: Stop trying to change your entire life in one night

You’ll probably notice that this section is a bit shorter than the other weekly prompts. Not because Action Steps are less important or less content-heavy than Reflection or anything else. The opposite actually.

But breaking down all of my 19 million action steps for these big goals would just be way too cumbersome for my January RESET book as it is. I really prefer physical notebooks for this kind of to-do-list planning. I

Rest assured that I know “write 3 more rough drafts” is not a proper action step for getting books published. But all my 75,000 pages of to-dos don’t need to be here.

The photo that will go in that pocket (once it is printed) is this one — my current, rough list of everything I need to do to revive this site. Let’s be honest. I’ve kind of ignored growing L&R for the last 18 months or so. It’s still here, yes, but I’m not at all using this asset as I could. That’s one of my goals this year, and these are my action steps.

For my big big big goal, I’m using one of the Quick Pages from the January RESET digital kit.

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Then just a couple of blank white sheets, to break down my other big big goals into smaller, manageable steps.

(again, I will reiterate that I KNOW this isn’t all the steps I need. Making my Italy 2009 photo album requires still editing the photos, for example).

It helps my brain so much to have this all written out. I am a big fan of long brain dumps. (I think I’m due for one soon).

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And then the final bit of this section is another Quick Page. No excuses. Yes, publishing 6 books in the next 11 months will be hard as hell. But no excuses.

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The next time I will update this will be early April. Every 3 months seems like the perfect time to check-in to see what has been done, what still needs to be done, what targets need to be adjusted or what goals needs to be thrown out altogether.

What are your Action Steps this week?