Each year, as one year ends and the other is about to germinate, I contemplate my plans for the future. I am not a fan of “New Year Resolutions” as such, but I do like to have a plan for the coming year. Short term goals, mid-term goals, long term goals, travel ideas, fun things etc. Those who know me well, know I am a LIST person. Each day I write a few things down on paper – no, just can’t come at doing it on my “smart phone” – I like doing it with paper and my fountain pen, especially if I have purple ink. Weird perhaps, but I note that we all are different and have our own different ideas and habits.
I like to have my list completed by December 31st, ready to get started on January 1st. I am not one to be hung over or even doing anything very exciting on New Year’s Eve or Day – though not necessarily ready to get right into doing things on January 1st, but I revel in knowing that I have some idea of what I plan to achieve for the following year. I’m likely to celebrate with a glass of wine or even bubbly – confident, knowing that I know where I want to go.
This time last year I was in Adelaide – about to set off on the rest of my “round Australia” journey – the journey that some folk thought I was mad doing. I’d do it all again – IF I had more money.
Money? That is one thing I want to focus on in 2014. Clearly the “Old Age Pension” is inadequate. I can live on it – just. I want to LIVE – enjoy life more – afford to go out to dinner occasionally, buy new clothes, not have to procrastinate over invitations that I know will cost me more money than I can afford. Certainly I would have loved to have won a big sum on one of the recent multimillion dollar Lotto draws, and though I had a ticket, my dreams did not come to fruition – in fact not a cent did I win. Still, as they say, one has to be IN it to win it. I did my best.
My 2014 plans are about making more money. I will continue to be involved in PennyMatrix, and I do believe that I can made a small but steady income with that – though I have yet to convince any of my friends to join. I will still be involved with Lyoness – though I am not prepared to put in the dollars and time that are needed to make a success of that. I am saving/earning small sums of money with that though and will continue. There is another online program I have been involved in, but am not convinced it is of great value though I have more than tripled my investment, it is just that it is not so easy to get the money out. I will continue to explore the options there as there is a large sum involved.
It is my WRITING that I am hoping will make things differently for me. I have several unfinished/unedited works in my computer (and yes, backed-up), and I am committing to being more organised with my writing. I WILL treat my WRITING like a business and will finish things and I will work and submit my work. I will. I will.
I will do my one day a week at the Caboolture Historical Village – but no more. I have in the past few months worked harder that I had originally intended to, but have no regrets about what I have done.
As well as working on some of my unfinished works, I will also spend one day a week working on writing Life Stories. I do have a passion about that – and hope that I can get some paid work doing this – and will work to achieve this. A few years ago when I started The Official Biographer I managed to get some of my writer friends to do some writing for me – and hope that I can achieve that in 2014. I hope to have the new business cards ready in the first week of January.
I am still working out my hours of work – particularly hours of writing – and will have that done by January 1st. It will be hard to keep on track but I am determined to make a success of my writing. Time is running out – I am (like everyone) getting older, and if I don’t finish things soon, they may languish forever in a computer until it too dies.
I do intend to keep blogging and this is presenting me with some challenges. I will continue with the “Diary of a House Sitter and Traveller Blog” but I am hoping to create a blog which will be more successful and offer great value for readers, rather than a ramble of my activities. I am thinking it will focus on writing life stories or similar – though not sure at this stage. I will have to hurry, but today I am doing some brainstorming and studying to help with this. I am also committed to the Ultimate Blog Challenge – which I am sure will help me on my way.
I had attempted the 31 day blog challenge previously, but failed due to study/travel etc. but this time I have no plans that will hinder my participation and indeed having learned so much from that failed attempt, and since I am really keen to make a mark on it.
So, I must get busy.
Are there any readers who want to connect with me in the Ultimate Blog Challenge – we certainly could help each other. Do contact me – even via the comment box!!! Please. It would be so much fun.
|This is a white wooden piece that I took around Australia with me. It is being transformed.|