2016 is now half over, and I like to look back and celebrate my accomplishments. At the beginning of the year I set a crazy goal for myself. So far nothing is going as planned, and that’s totally okay! I think it’s even better than what I planned. In the interest of finishing this post and getting back to writing, I’ll do a bullet point rundown of the year.
In order to track my progress, I like to do a writing recap at the end of every month. Here’s how I did in April.
Last month I undertook two writing challenges, Camp NaNoWriMo and the A to Z blog challenge. One of my goals this year is to blog more often. While I knew 26 posts in one month would be a stretch, I decided to see how far I got. By the end of April, I’d done 18 of the 26 letters and was pretty happy with my posts. I also found a number of other bloggers I liked interacting with, both on Twitter and in blog comments. I plan to write and post the remaining letters (P through W) in May.
Camp NaNoWriMo presented a bigger problem. I couldn’t figure out what to work on. I usually do really well with writing during the April Camp NaNo session, but this year, it was one thing too many. I barely checked in with my cabin, and ended up counting 1,000 words for every day, to mark that I’d done something writing-related. So, in addition, to the blog posts, here are the projects I worked on:
This post is a little late, as I just spent a week in California. But since I am trying to post more, I’m not skipping it. Besides, February ended up being a big month for me. Continue reading
Sometimes I think being well-rounded is overrated.
I’m a member of the “gig economy,” which basically means I’m self-employed and have a lot of different jobs. But wearing so many hats gets exhausting after a while. I attended a networking event this week and had no idea how to introduce myself. Normally I don’t mind the “What do you do?” question at all, but this time I felt scattered. My friend asked what I wanted to network for, and I didn’t know. And when I pulled out one of my old business cards, I realized I definitely needed new ones. This of course leads to the next question: What exactly do I include on them? (Creative Consultant? Group Facilitator? Private tutor? Graphic designer? Illustrator? Photographer? Writer? Personal organizer? Personal assistant? Social media manager? Babysitter?)
When I met Deepak Chopra last year, I got to ask him one question. I asked: “As a creative person who feels pulled between so many projects, how do I make progress on them?” He replied:
“Focus on the one most important thing…for now.”