A Whole New World – Navigating Change

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For me, 2017 started off with change. Not just because the surnumber of the year had switched from 6 to 7 but because, for the first time in 10 years, I would have only one job.

10 years ago I was in a pretty dim situation. Having just learned how to control my anxiety – which, at one point, kept me literally house bound – I was working on paying off debts I had built up while trying to get on my feet. Foolishly I had used my credit cards as my income for several months while I tried to find work and I had a crushing weight of debt on my shoulders.

I remember sitting in my room and crunching the numbers and realizing if I kept paying my credit cards as I was doing I wouldn’t pay them off for 20+ years. I knew I had to do something. I got a loan to amalgamate the credit cards into one set loan (with a set payoff date) and got a second job. Actually, at that point, I got two other jobs.

What followed was 10 years of blur and work. 10 years of no more than one day off a week except on special occasions. 10 years of 60 hour work weeks. 10 years of no vacations (except the odd 4 or 5 day vacation every other year). In those 10 years I paid off that initial debt, bought my own home, discovered new debt in home renovations, and finally paid off that debt too.

I am now almost completely debt free (save for a small credit card I maintain with strict discipline).

Things change, as they’re prone to doing. My day job ceased to exist at the end of 2016 and as of 2017 I am a 40 hour a week girl.

I almost don’t know what to do. January was spent sleeping, a lot, and just sitting in my house and cherishing my free time.

But, January is over and life has to go on.

February started with me purchasing a $25 computer which will be my ‘work’ computer. Previously I did all my writing at the library, at the work computer during breaks or on my laptop but I know I need something more structured because my brain is easily distracted. I’ve carved out an office corner in my house and I am ready to get down to the nitty gritty.

My action plan is to publish two or three novels this year. We’ll see how that goes. I still need to find an editor (my current editor won’t edit the upcoming pieces due to content).

My goal for 2017 is to write no less than 1500 a day, every day.

Life has a habit of changing. Sometimes those changes are good, sometimes bad and sometimes they’re just neutral.

This time this change has been good and I’m glad for it.

2017! Here I come.