Walking Forward

I made a decision at the end of last year coming into this year. It wasn’t a “New Year’s resolution.” I do an evaluation of what’s going on with myself every time tax time comes along because I have to figure out my income and expenses. Determining how much I need to earn and if I’m making progress or falling back isn’t so much a resolution as it is a reality check. Anyway, I decided to make it an “all in” year.

“All in?”

Yeah. Basically, I’m going to finish the projects I started but never completed. Plus, I am going to finish the new ones I know I can complete this year. It may need to be touched up, reworked, or edited into later than I anticipate, but I don’t want to keep postponing what should already be done and/or released. It’s easy to keep telling myself “one day,” find a reason to stall, or even rationalize my delays to assist someone else. I’ve even cut my own fun out for work, projects, or putting what I’d prefer to do on indefinite hold.

So, I decided that it’s time to take what I do more seriously – not just on paper but in my life. Years have already passed, and I don’t have to wait years more to decide what I want to do with my writing.

“What’s with the shoes?”

I’ve had these about 3 years, and I’ve worn them about 5 times before last month. I pulled them off the shelf and decided that getting serious meant that I should start with my mindset. I spend a lot of time with children, so I rarely get to do the grown woman thing. So, I pulled them out and decided that I’ll wear them more frequently. I wore them to some writers’ meetings, but I’ll most likely wear them at some open mics.

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