My Goals for 2017

Happy New Year’s Eve! I hope this post finds you and your family well and happy.
After doing some soul-searching and some inspirational reading over the past few days I’ve come up with a plan for my writing goals.
  • I’m finding time
I’m the past, I’ve made writing Goals without any thought about how I was going to fit these goals in my regular life. There’s the endless laundry, dishes and baby diapers. Without making time to do my writing, I could end up gettting burned out. Instead, I’m implementing a plan and schedule that I’m hoping will save me time without being complicated.
I am not going to isolate my writing goals from the rest of my life. Writers want to write but then life happens!
  • I’m learning from my failures with goal setting
I’m also learning from my past mistakes and NOT overwhelming myself. I’m doing this three ways.
  1. I’m only choosing three goals.
  2. I’m only committing to these three goals one week at a time.
  3. AND I’m doing a weekly checklist.
Week one checklist – FREE DOWNLOAD January2017weekonegoals
  • I’m not going to be rigid with the process
I’m giving myself the flexibility to re-evaluate in week instead of a year.
  • These are my goals for the month of January 2017
I’m taking January one week at a time but I still have a plan for the month. This is what week one looks like for me. I’m hoping to keep this up for four weeks.
My three goals for Week One of January 2017:
1. 1,200 words per week
2. Meal planning 8 individual meals per week
3. Clean one room per day + the kitchen

My words per week are broken down by day. 200 words per day on my novel and 40 words per day on a weekly blog post.
My meal planning of “8 meals” may sound like a lot, but I’m planning on only batch cooking two meals that would make up 8 individual servings. I’ll be posting more about this and why I’ve switched from slow-cooker family freezer meals to “meal prep” of individual meals in a future post.
I am going to try to keep myself sane by not looking at the whole house and seeing a mess. I’m going to focus on one room per day to clean. And for the sake of my sanity, I will keep the definition of “clean” flexible!

Click the link below to download a FREE PDF printable of WEEK ONE of my goals. Follow along with me if you think this will help you with your goals. Or do it with me!!!

January2017weekonegoals

What do you think of these goals? Comment below if you plan to do this with me!

 

When writing seems like a luxury

If you’re a mom with small kids, writing could get shoved to the back burner. I know that’s what happens to me many days. I have a four-year-old and a 10-month-old. My second baby is still mostly breastfed, including through the night. It’s exhausting.
When just taking a shower seems luxurious, time for writing seems indulgent.
I’ve been trying to balance dreaming big with having practical, achievable goals. I really love Crystal Paine’s article on this.
She recommends starting with only a few goals, as few as three.
I’ve established three goals. It’s not many, but I don’t want to overwhelm myself. I’ll be posting about my three goals and my plan on New Years Eve. I want to make a plan that will work and won’t make me burn out.
I’ve failed with writing goals. In the past I’ve set my goals too big and burdensome.
Sure, big goals are good, like finishing my book. But I have to be practical because I have a family. I’m raising two small children with my husband. I have to establish goals that are attainable…In other words goals that I can achieve without losing my mind.
Writing may seem like it’s a luxury, but if you’re reading this, I would guess that you share my passion for writing.
Writing is self expression and discovery, the lens through which I help myself process life. 
Without it, I would feel incomplete.
I’m guessing that writing, or some form of creative expression, is essential to your life as well. 
Everyone needs a creative outlet.
Give yourself time to write, even if it feels indulgent. And maybe have a cup of coffee to stay awake. 
What inspires you and fulfills you? Does it feel indulgent to do creative things?

I’ve Failed at Writing Goals and Learned a Lot


It’s ok to fail. I’ve had to learn that. I’ve failed at a lot of stuff. Most people have. But what challenges me the most is my failure when it comes to writing goals.

I’ve failed with writing goals. In the past I’ve set my goals too big and burdensome.

Just this past year, 2016, I tried to do NaNoWriMo. It was just too much. It was too much to do in too little time. But that’s mom life, right? There’s always so much to do and so very little time. But, I still got some of my novel done! Starting also kick-started my writing and kept me going even if it wasn’t the NaNoWriMo 1,667 words per day.

I have not finished or published my novel. It’s now almost 2017. I started it in 2011 when I got pregnant with my first child.

BUT… I have yet to give up.

“Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.” C.S. Lewis

I have to learn to be kinder to myself and to establish goals that are attainable. With two small children and keeping up with daily household duties trying to do anything else can get overwhelming. I have gotten overwhelmed, many times.

This year, 2017, I’m going to attempt to establish a short list of doable goals for writing and home life. No more than three.

I’m trying to learn from my past failures and choose fewer goals and break them down into smaller chunks.

A great resource that I’ve used is this article by Crystal Paine.

What are your past goal setting failures? What have you learned?

Goal Setting Inspiration 

Setting Writing Goals: for Moms


  • Why set goals and not New Years Resolutions?

Don’t set yourself up for failure by setting vague resolutions with no plan for follow-through. The difference between goals and “resolutions” is described well by Michael Hyatt HERE in his article. 

Instead, I set myself up on a stronger platform: goal setting. 

  • How do I Set Goals For Writing?

There are lots of great resources for learning about goal setting. Some of the resources I have found the most helpful for me are compiled at the end of this article. As a mom and a writer, I’ve found these articles more helpful than others. 

 I’ve brought together information that speaks to me where I am as a mom of young kids with little time to shower much less set writing goals for the coming year. 

  • Staying encouraged 

I’ve found some articles about goal setting more discouraging than anything else because they assume that you’ve got hours to spend (and likely from the tone of the articles that you have a maid, a nanny and a secretary.) But I’m here to prove that goals are not just for people who seem to already have it “together.” I’m broke, I’ve got young kids, I’m an emotional wreck. My house is always littered with toys. But by gosh I’m going to set my OWN writing goal. Because it’s important!

If you’re interested in making 2017 YOUR year, let’s do it together!

Check out these authors and resources on goal setting that I have found particularly inspiring:

Crystal Paine

Jeff Goins

What are your goals for 2017? Post below!