Friday, January 11, 2019

Taking My Goals Seriously

Happy Friday, Bitchy Readers!

I hope the week has treated you well. I’ve had some great moments and then some frustrating ones where I’ve had to take a moment to remember why I’m doing what I’m doing in the first place.

Yesterday I was working on an article and I kept overthinking the point I was trying to make. So I went grocery shopping and watered the 16 plants I have around my townhouse. 

I love to drive. I love the car I drive, I love doing things like grocery shopping mid afternoon on a sunny day while everyone else is at work. 

I love that I don’t have kids and have to bring them grocery shopping. I’ve taken my nephews shopping when they come visit me and it’s usually OK but nothing I want on the regular.

I had to force myself to relax and watch TV last night. I’ve been so focused on writing and being consistent with my blog and other articles that I felt a bit manic. 

Some of the writers that I most admire are creating content twice a day and are seeing the kind of success I wish to achieve. I believe in my potential to create a lot of content but I still take a long time to format my thoughts in a clear manner that is somehow entertaining. (Hopefully.)

I’m at a point in my life where I still possess great ambition but am able to enjoy my life as it is right now. 

2019 is already shaping up to be a year of focus. What I am focusing on is for my written work to reach a wider audience. 

This means I need to create content that some people what to read and share with other people in their lives. 

Setting Myself Up for Success
I don't thrive on having a raging social life right now. I have a list of people who keep telling me "we have to get together" but they don't make a plan. I don't have time to chase people. If you want to come over for dinner, great. I'll cook for you, but you need to give me a specific date. 

I work best in a clean and quiet house. My place is organized and I live alone. Some mornings I wake up and start writing in bed. It may be noon before I get up and eat something. 

Days like today, I don't start writing until mid afternoon. I slept in until 10:00 and then my brother called me and we chatted for an hour. Then I called my financial planner as we had some matters to discuss. Then, I cleaned the kitchen and made pancakes because I had a craving for them. By then, it was 1:00 in the afternoon. 

I wrote for two hours, did some research and then had a shower. I went for a small walk, it was too icy out so I came home and have been working on my blog ever since. 

This weekend will be more writing. This entire month will be all writing. I'm not sure if I will see my friends-perhaps a lunch on a random Thursday or something. I'm friends with busy people who don't even live in my city. I probably do that on purpose.

Back in October, I decided I wanted to spend this winter at home so I could write. It's a bit scary because I got my wish and I don't know what's going to happen. When I look back at the start of my blog-back in July, I see how far I've come with it. This is what fuels me to keep going, even in moments of frustration.  

During the family Christmas dinner I hosted, my dad gave me and my brother each a lottery ticket. I won $5. I don't think my brother won anything. Then my dad asked us-in the spirit of fun- what we would do if we won the jackpot. 
Now, my father has never brought this up before so it was an unexpected conversation.

My brother shared his "plans" and I said I'd be doing exactly what I am doing right now. Writing and building an audience. The only change I would make is that I'd stop applying for a part time job with the local school board.  I have the vehicle I want and I adore where I live. 

For years now, I've put into practice building my life the way I would live if I "won the lottery".  I've been lucky to experience a significant amount of money already and at the end of the day, I still have to work really hard to achieve my goals.

Having a financial cushion can allow you to focus more on what you want and less on "how am I going to pay for what I have" but it doesn't make you immune to internal turmoil. I have known and still know people with millions of dollars to their name and yet they panic. They are afraid to spend their money, they are afraid to retire and enjoy what they have for fear it all be lost. 

Fortunes are made and lost in an instant. It's good to exercise some caution. My own journey with money and the money mindset is ever evolving. Being able to take care of myself and create something that helps me financially is a source of personal fulfillment and I won't stop until I've created something that achieves this. 

Actually, I won't stop even if I do achieve that. Look at Oprah. She has created a multi billion dollar empire and she continues to do new things. Life never stops until you’re dead. 

In the mean time, let me come back down to my current reality. Oprah's life example makes me orbit the moon. 

My point is, Bitchy Readers, my goals I've set for 2019 are important to me. The actions I take daily will determine how far I get. I cannot control the outcome, I hope for the best and take pleasure in writing for the most part. Tomorrow may birth another idea that I never thought possible. It's worth sticking around for to find out. 

Have a lovely day.


LeNora Faye
Bitchy Bookkeeper
Almost an Author
Former Fantastic Violinist

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