Thanks to Trish over at Between My Lines I realized that I hadn’t provided an update on my 2016 Goal to “Live Within My Passions.” Honestly, I’ve been a bit trepidatious to provide an update. I didn’t want to jinx myself. I’m not sure why, I’m sure y’all can hear Jade and I squealing on a daily basis. *laughs*
So here’s the update. Back on January 3, 2016, I announced in a Scenic Sunday post that my motto for 2016 was to “live within my passions.”
A Live Within My Passions Recap
- Took a class to help my find my purpose. (“It’s that thing that little flame that lights a fire under your ass.”) Read more.
- I’m a certified Social Media Marketer thanks to HootSuite.
- I have a tagline for my blog (educating readers) thanks to the Book Blogger Bootcamp.
- I started learning InDesign. (I still need to do Caitlin’s course.)
- I’m continuing to utilize Ashley’s Master Customizer course to learn the ins and outs of WordPress.
- I organized and hosted a multi-genre, multi-author signing event, Imagine Other Worlds with Authors, in two months and decided to do it again in 2017.
- I’m helping an author get back on her feet by building her an awesome WordPress site. (She just asked me to build another one!)
- I became a reviewer for The Gazette. Read more.
- Another author just recently asked me to help promote his speaking engagements and help him secure gigs. I can’t WAIT to get started on that.
- I was offered a position, on Christmas Day, to join the staff at Author Accelerator.
A Long Journey to Live Within my Passions
This last year hasn’t been without it bumps and pitfalls. It also took a bit of help from some close friends to get that final item on the list. I also had to have faith, which I’ll admit was so hard after I found out my contract job would not be renewed, that everything would work out for the best.
And I’m not done living within passions. There were some setbacks that have not resolved themselves yet. I didn’t get as much horse time as I wanted because my boarding situation became precarious. By spring I’ll have a grand new place to ride and hang out. And my photography skills are getting rusty and I want to get back to them soon!
Some passions I’ve had to back off on and slowly let go of. I found out early in the year that I have high cholesterol. It’s a family problem and while my husband also suffers from it, the dietary changes we’ve made haven’t helped me a lick! As a result, I’m on a natural supplement (at the doctor’s urging) to help lower it. This means I can’t enjoy wine as much as I have in the past if I want my liver to survive into old age.
It’s Not Easy to Live With My Passions
It’s taken hard work, dedication and about 700 blog posts (91 Scenic Sundays) to get to this point. It’s taken some tears, a lot of cover letters and at least one boring contract job.
I don’t suspect it will get easier either. I’ll be working from home which presents its own challenges and hurdles (my closest co-worker will be 4 hours away). It means living on a bit more of a fixed budget. But it will be worth it. There’s something about books, the readers and authors that speaks to me and drives me each day. Good book or bad book, I want to bring others into this world and sacrifices will need to made. But, if when I finish a long day at work and I feel satisfied, the sacrifices will be worth it.
Taken on April 23, 2016 at Palisades-Kepler State Park.
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“Follow your passion, be prepared to work hard and sacrifice, and, above all, don’t let anyone limit your dreams.” Donovan Bailey