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2010: The Year of Clarity

At the end of each year, I like to look forward: forward to the days and months ahead and how I will best enjoy, work, play and reach for my goals.

So, 2010 will be dubbed The Year of Clarity. My mission is to refocus my talents and align my true passions with what brings me most joy: writing & submitting fiction and personal essays, teaching my young writer classes, and hosting authors on my blog. Everything else can fall to the wayside and the world will not actually implode. Fascinating.

Cool thing I discovered, is that when you focus on something, The Law of Attraction brings people and opportunities and other instances into your line of vision.  Example: yesterday I received Chris Brogan’s monthly e-newsletter which had a similar theme  to clarity: ecosystems

“Translating that, “ecosystems” means that for every project I take on, I’ll ask whether it fits any of my existing platforms, whether it’s something that can grow beyond a standalone project, whether it’s something that helps grow my existing ecosystems, etc. The point being that everything has to match up, and I can’t keep saying yes to things that come along, just because they’re awesome.”

Are you a “yes” person? Are you overwhelmed? Think there’s a connection there?

I love Chris Brogan’s idea of ecosystems, building upon an existing platform.

As part of my Clarity for 2010:

  • I’ll be purging paper: many, many issues of magazines, print outs of articles and writers’ guidelines (I can find everything on-line, after all) – look for giveaways on my blog next year!
  • Restructuring my young writers’ classes so that my lesson plans can grow with me – not be recreated for each teaching session.
  • I will also discipline myself to workout in the morning whether Pilates, yoga or toning (Because there is ALWAYS a reason not to do it midday) and I feel so cruddy if days of sloth have gone by.
  • (Biting my lip I say this) I will not join or otherwise commit to any more projects/organizations/volunteer groups/invitations to write for free (that hurt a little)
  • Find balance between teaching/helping other writers and focusing on my own writing: i.e. during my teaching sessions just focus on my lesson plans and student work with journaling for myself. Work on my own drafts and submitting in between teaching gigs.
  • Continue my use of lists, but be more realistic and forgiving (give myself a lot less to do until I can master one or two things – instead of being spread way too thin)
  • Scale back on the mass amounts of research/reading about writing and refocus on the actual writing. I’ll do this by canceling many of my google alerts and free email subscriptions. There is such a thing as too much information! ; )
  • And most importantly, Have assigned writing days/time slots to work (without too much internet use -I’m very easily distracted.) Outside of these set writing times, I need to learn to let it go and focus on the people in my life, including myself.

So, what are you guys going to focus on in 2010? Write it down. Make it happen. Let’s keep each other accountable, shall we?

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Getting in the Holiday Spirit!

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I was all ready to post a “Holiday Gift Guide for Writers,” and found something I’d like to share first.

The days that are sandwiched between Thanksgiving and Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa are usually filled with mobs at the mall, shrinking checkbooks and stressful gatherings.

Instead of getting caught up in the hoopla, why not give back? I’m not talking about money donations, though those are greatly appreciated by many non-profit organizations. This year, everyone is hurting financially. But, if you’re reading this, you’re probably doing much better than some who have no heat, no food in their pantry, no health insurance, etc.

From Chris Brogan’s site, I followed a link to Beth’s Blog and her wonderful post from yesterday. A “pay it forward” opportunity. Go to her site, read all about it. There are many links to organizations that you can help by donating used items or your time or talents, in lieu of your cash. And Beth will be selecting random bloggers to reward with a book, which after you read it, you are to “pay it forward” to someone else.

Go on, contribute! It’s a win-win. Even if you don’t “win” the book she’s offering, you’ll win a warm glow in your heart by offering your own suggestions, or picking up a few!

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