Ready, Set… Breathe

Posted On December 29, 2023

Photo by Michele Venne

I bought my 2024 calendar in September. Since May 2022, I’ve been grappling for balance in my work and writing life. For the last six months, I’ve read books and articles about mindset. I’ve journaled thousands of words. I’ve searched for a way to continue forward when I wasn’t sure what that meant. In November 2022, I was blessed with the best paid work I didn’t know I needed. And in December 2023, not only have I changed my mindset, I also have a way forward and a way to gauge success.

For the first time, I’m trying a Kanban board. I’m interested to see how it will work with my writing projects and other aspects of my writing business. Instead of cramming everything into my calendar, I’m keeping lots of white space there and using a dot journal to make note on my habits. I’m excited to keep track of habit streaks and celebrate the small wins. I’ve committed to using these organizational tools for the first 90 days, then I’ll reevaluate. This is all part of my new mindset. It has taken me a while to get to this place, but I feel positive about my next steps.

I know every day, every moment, is an opportunity to begin or stop a habit. But my social programming makes me believe there’s something magical about midnight on January 1. I feel ready for the new year, when in the past couple of years I’ve felt like I was submerged in a fog. And because I feel ready, I can refuse the urge to “procrastiplan” for the next several months. I have intentions and ideas for different parts of my life. I have systems in place that will support the habit changes. So now I can relax and breathe. Are you ready for the new year? What new intentions are you excited about?

Written by Michele Venne

Writer of immersive and intriguing stories.

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