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December 31, 2017

Forget About New Year’s Resolutions – Attract Your Future with Action Plans

Hi! Long time. And it’s been a long time since I’ve posted for many reasons. One of those reasons: I’m proud to share that I’ve written two drafts of a book this year! I’m ecstatic to explore that area of my career and so much more in 2018 through my goal action plans. Simply changing the way I viewed my goals completely altered how likely I was to succeed.

The goals I have for 2018 are ambitious and exciting. I know the beauty of small actions and daily habits will get me there. They are New Year’s Resolutions, but I think that term is given a bad rep. I like to focus on them as action items to make my life better, broken down into monthly and weekly to-dos.

2018 New Year's Resolutions

How to keep your new year’s resolutions (for real this time)

Here is what I plan to accomplish in 2018 through daily actions.


  • Complete Ember Dragon Daughter (Drafts 3 & 4) and submit my work to relevant agents that enjoy work similar to mine
  • Publish 6 Skillshare courses related to my craft to help build my author platform
  • Share monthly and weekly recaps of my goal progresses on this blog, sharing insightful looks at the actions I’m taking to make these goals come true


  • Rearrange and decorate my home to feel more like the relaxing and creative space I imagine in my head
  • Make time for self-care on a weekly basis, which will help recharge all other areas of my life
  • Commit to my health daily through small measurable actions, whether it be by taking the stairs more often or putting down that extra cookie
  • Go outside more with my family and enjoy what is beyond the screen
  • Learn more about my craft and interests every month through reading and online webinars or courses


  • Diversify our income through Skillshare, (in due time) book releases, possible online stores (I’ve dabbled on Etsy but may try other online sales platforms), and online work
  • Create an easy to understand debt-resolution strategy my family can follow to tackle the debt that followed us while in unemployment and in health crises
  •  Make a budget that has room for future-planning and fun

Sounds like a lot, because it is a lot, but these are the areas of improvement that I am most committed to this year and I’m already working to make them happen.

My 2018 Artist of Life Workbook from Lavendaire has been so helpful in this pursuit. Follow me on Instagram to see bits of this journal as I fill it out.

Follow along on the journey.

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What are you planning for 2018? I’d love to get to know what is important to you.

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  • Melissa Chapman

    Sounds like you have a very full and fulfilling plate for 2018. I am so impressed by your work with the book and your blog. Good luck on all the work.

    December 31, 2017 at 4:42 pm Reply
  • Melanie Frost

    Congrats on the book! I second your resolution to sticking to a budget and a debt reduction strategy. I look forward to hearing how it works for you.

    December 31, 2017 at 6:24 pm Reply
  • Amber Marie

    You have some amazing goals, and judging by what you’ve already achieved, I don’t doubt you will do everything you plan for 2018!

    January 1, 2018 at 2:27 am Reply
  • kim

    I’m am with you on this. Goals are great to have….putting action to them is the key. Happy New Year!!

    January 1, 2018 at 1:39 pm Reply
  • Britney

    I’m reading this and just realized I made myself so many goals. I didn’t know even include financial ones!! I need to do that ASAP, great ideas.

    January 1, 2018 at 2:44 pm Reply
  • Marissa Zurfluh

    I think you’re right when you say that the whole new year’s resolution is given a bad rep. However, amazing goals we can reach in every area of our lives is a wonderful focus. You’ve got some wonderful goals to work on this year!

    January 1, 2018 at 2:58 pm Reply
  • Maria Katsulos

    You are so inspirational, working on your book AND blogging about it. I also love having lots of plans, and I’m working on figuring out what I need to do monthly/daily/weekly to achieve them!

    January 1, 2018 at 3:30 pm Reply
  • Angela Cardamone

    Sounds like a great list of goals for the New Year! I am actually still working on mine now!!

    January 1, 2018 at 10:23 pm Reply
  • Tiffany Haywood

    I love this idea! I’ve always felt that setting goals is the best way to help me keep my motivation throughout the year. The idea of action plans seems very similar and very effective as well. Wishing you the best on your plans for 2018!

    January 2, 2018 at 3:11 am Reply
  • kimberly lewis

    I totally agree! to make things happen is a lot of hard work and pushing yourself to try new things.

    January 2, 2018 at 12:11 pm Reply
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