May 2022: A New Beginning! (and Goals)

It’s been a minute since I’ve posted on here. The last year or so has been sort of a reset for me. To say that I burned myself out as an indie author would be putting it mildly. It was time for a change, and that came in the form of getting back into content writing (which I’m pretty damn good at) as my income source, and letting my brain take a rest from fiction writing for a bit.

So that’s what I’ve been doing. I’ve spent the last year writing about gardening and witchcraft and home-related topics. I’ve been editing for another home and garden website. And I started dipping my toe into the content marketing arena… and found that I fucking loved it. Content creation, SEO, analytics… I find all of that weirdly fun, and started freelancing with a local agency. Fast forward a few months, and I’ve just accepted an offer to work with them full-time as a project manager.

Life takes you to some weird places, sometimes. And I could not be happier.

While I know there will be some stress during the first few weeks as I adjust to the new job, this feels like a new phase of my life in many ways. Additional focus and security. More free time. A clear work/life separation, which I sorely needed.

May 2022 Goals

As a result, I feel like I can set goals again that aren’t solely work-related. I’m a fairly driven person, and can definitely veer toward obsessiveness, so I’ll always have professional goals, and those will be their own thing. But as far as personal goals, I feel like I have the breathing space now to set some and start working toward them. So, going to follow my longtime Twitter pal Krikket’s lead and start doing some monthly goal-setting posts. Here we go!

Reading Goals

I haven’t finished reading a book since February. FEBRUARY! I can’t remember the last time I went that long without reading regularly, and I miss it a lot. So the goal for May is to read at least two books. Not picky about what they are at this point; I just want to get back into reading.

Health Goals

I’ve been walking a bit more, taking little strolls with my husband a couple of times per day, and I want to do more of that, along with eating better and drinking my water. For now, I’m going to go with the goal of tracking steps (3,000 per day to start, which is a lot more than I was getting for a long time), eating a whole foods (mostly) plant-based diet, and drinking at least 100 oz. of water per day. 

Gaming Goals

I haven’t done much pet collecting at all in Warcraft during Shadowlands, but I think I’m going to try to get my Shadowlands Safari achievement. That, and I want to get my Draenei hunter, Astrevide, up to max and get her better-geared, because I think I want her to be my main for Dragonflight. 

I also want to read and learn more about playing a bard in D&D. My current character for our family campaign is a Drow bard, and I know I’m not doing as much with her as I could be!

Writing Goals

It’s time, y’all. I’m not sure what I want to work on, because I have three projects started and any of them should be fun. The goal is to settle on something by the end of this week, and then write 500 words per day of whatever that thing is. Eventually, there’ll be a new book out.

I am ridiculously excited about getting back to it!

Tracking!

Other than the gaming goals, which will be tracked in Warcraft itself, I think I’m going to find some printable habit trackers to keep in my planner for the reading, writing, step, water, and diet goals. A “don’t break the chain” approach will work well for me here as I’m getting started.