Happy New Year to you! Before getting into the blog, I want you to wish you a fabulous 2019. Full of love, laughter and Divalicious goodness!
When I look over the entire year of 2018 it’s a much better year than it feels. I accomplished a lot, but it has ended a little flat and well flat is flat. Like a deflated tire. Not too exciting or containing momentum.
Here’s what I accomplished
- I wrote 12 songs.
- I made a list of things I would like to do in various areas of my life at the beginning of the year. Health. Happiness. Creative. Travel. Etc. I crossed off the entire list. There were 50 items!
- I read a lot of books (always good)
- I went to Nashville
- I took a vacation (trust me … big deal)
- Plush Red Chair received 4 stellar reviews
- I wrote a show and premiered it
- I did a mini tour
- I did several House Concerts
- I more than doubled my bookings from 2017
- I started drawing
- I started a morning routine
And yet …. In October things took a downward spiral which continued right through until the end of the year. PLUS I was sick THREE TIMES in 2018. That never happens to me. Or it never used to happen. Autumn 2019 I get the flu shot and that’s that.
But like the preacher said Sunday’s a-comin'! 2019 is here and I couldn’t be happier. Not that I needed a new year to change things up. But a fresh start feels good. A new planner. New goals. New start.
My word for 2018 was Honour. And for the most part, I did. I honoured my life, relationships, friends. It felt good. Sometimes I soared. Other times … not so much. On the whole, I didn’t do too bad. There were missteps (hello Chinese takeout), and downright failures (buh-bye self-care). Then there were times when I nailed it – like stopping in the middle of the crazy of Nashville to go for a swim. I’d like to carry some of that into my 2019. It felt good.
This year my word is Growth. I figure it’s time for me to get to work so that others hear my music. I figure it’s time to book even more gigs. It’s time to perform that show of mine. It’s time to write even more songs. I want to grow my relationship with YOU. Get to know you more. Enjoy the process. I want to grow as a person. Learn more. Develop more. Grow as an artist. Grow in my relationships with others. My spouse. Kids. Grandkids. Friends. Just not in girth. I’ve experienced enough of that.
I’m looking forward to seeing what 2019 brings. My goals are lofty and will stretch me as an artist, entrepreneur and human. That’s good. I spent a lot of time like a ship without a rudder. Drifting through life. Letting the current steer me wherever it wanted. Even if it meant escorting me off my path. But not anymore. No sir. I’m on to you life. I’ve bought myself a rudder. It’s called a planner and it has goals in it.
So … what keeps you on track? Do you like to write down your goals? I’d love to hear what works for you.
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