I won’t be reflecting on the year that was 2020, too much happened, instead I am looking ahead to what I can do, and learn to accept what I cannot control. This is going to be difficult to overcome, not that I am a control freak, I just like to know how to handle situations. I am quite an independent 21st Century woman (like many women today), make lots of decisions—personally and professionally. I guess accepting what I cannot control is a mentality I need to adjust, for my own piece of mind and for family members.
For 2021, I have split my personal and professional goals, though they do impact each other as you will see.
- Home and work balance
- I haven’t been doing this at all. Between my teaching job and writing, I haven’t spent enough time relaxing, going out for fun, spending time with family and friends. As of this year, work takes a back seat, more time at home with family and friends and writing.
- I’ve let this slide in past number of years. Work has impacted on a lot of my free time. The aim is to walk every day for at least 30 mins.
- I bought myself a decent camera and tripod a few years ago with the intention of taking photos. As you guessed, that hasn’t happened. Once a fortnight, I’ll go out and take photos. I’ll post them here if I like what I’ve taken 😉
- Food and wine
- I have a fairly good food plan but due to recent circumstances food, alcohol and exercise are a priority. We are going to review our consumption of alcohol ☹, not that we drank a lot but reducing the intake will be healthier. Being of Italian descent, we have been brought up on the Mediterranean diet before it became a trend, so we may need to tweak what we’re eating. As to exercise, mandatory. See point 2.
- Teaching is a by-product where I need to earn money to pay for everyday expenses and to keep up with my writing costs. I will stay at work on days where it is mandated, otherwise I will leave at the end of the school day so I can attend to the above personal goals.
- Other than family and close friends, this is my main priority. I need to reboot my writing career; finish the books I’ve started and complete editing.
- The other part I must address is to learn how to market my books and find a strategy that works! The last part is elusive I must say.
While there are only six goals, they are achievable. I just need to stick to them and follow through, which is not easy when unexpected events occur. I plan to let you know how I am going with my goals by posting my progress, that way you can berate me when I slack off!
Another strategy I will employ is reading the Serenity Prayer every morning. I’m not a religious person but I do like the words in this prayer and have posted it here, though I am sure many of you know it or have heard of it. (You are welcome to print out the prayer)
Thank you for your continued support and as always, I look forward to your comments and will respond.
Historical fiction novelist and a secondary teacher, Luciana Cavallaro, burnt out but not done… yet.