Be BOLD in 2019!

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 Welcome to 2019! We’ve made it - made it through another year and it’s time to start fresh.  The concept of a new year, new you, has been done over and over for as long as we can imagine, however, in my world, each new year is just an extension of who I am and how I’m growing to be a better person. 

A couple of years ago, I dumped the idea of a New Year’s resolution because I found that I failed at them so quickly.  It wasn’t that I wanted to fail but because I put too much on myself to be perfect.  That made me a miserable person and I no longer want to live a life of negativity.

In turn, I decided to choose a word for the year that I want to embody and embrace.  When the going gets rough – and you guys, it will – I reach for my word to remind me of what I’d like to do and accomplish for the year. 

My words have varied from year to year and this year I’ve chosen the word BOLD.

bold (adjective) – not hesitating or fearful in the face of actual or possible danger or rebuff; courageous and daring; not hesitating to break the rules of propriety; necessitating courage and daring; challenging

I’ve used words such as magic, love, fearless and believe as my words and these powerful words have changed my life.  When my word was magic – I looked for it everywhere – and I found it.  I found the magic in everyday life and it was wonderful! 

When my word was love, I found it in every aspect of my life.  When I was down and out, and I needed it I was enveloped in love by friends and family.  I even learned how to love myself and give myself a bit of grace when it comes to the things that I didn’t love about myself.

When I was scared of life and why I was still on this earth, I chose the word fearless.  And I worked tirelessly to overcome the fears that have been a part of my life as long as I can remember. 

Last year when I chose the word believe it was because I needed to learn how to have faith and believe in myself.  I won’t say I was successful 100% of the time but looking back I’m very happy with how the year turned out.

For 2019, my word is BOLD and I want to be bold in all things.  That means when I’m scared, I’ll focus on many of the words of my past and be bold in the decisions I must make. I’ll be BOLD in my goal setting and working towards them.  I won’t allow others to take up residence in my mind and fill it with negative thoughts.  I’ll work hard at being positive even in the face of hard times. 

With that said, I’m going to start this year off with a BANG and tell you a secret – that’s not well kept at all.  In 2014 and 2015 I wrote a book.  Yep, I did it.  Then I put it on the shelf only to reach for it every once in a while.  I kept saying I wanted to publish but so many things stopped me – mainly myself and the negativity that I allowed others to speak to me and then I believed. 

But NO MORE! 

On December 12, 2018, I published my debut novel and I’m extremely proud of it.It took loads of work and dedication.It took late nights and early mornings. It took finding my tribe to help me accomplish this goal.It took me being fearless and believing in myself to do this.

I picked a day that was memorable to me – my grandmothers birthday – and decided that I could do it. AND I DID! I worked and planned and put together a release plan that had attainable goals.

Then, I set a sales goal. And I’ve already reached it. Yep, in less than two weeks of the book being out, I sold 100 copies. WOOOO HOOOOO!

I’m proud of myself.

Let me say it again. I’m proud of myself. I worked hard. I dug deep and pulled myself up by the bootstraps when I needed to. I refused to let someone else, anyone else, dictate my dreams and whether I’d accomplish them.

I found a community of women who build each other up and provide support.

I celebrated each step of the process, sometimes with tears because I was so tired and it was over. Sometimes with cupcakes and wine. Sometimes with my best girl friends over a wonderful dinner. No matter what, I created a tribe and I’m so thankful for them.

If you’ve read this far and you’d like to read this novel that I poured my heart and soul into – BENT (A Love’s Complicated Novel) is available on Amazon.

Yes, it’s under a pen name.

Yes, I’m okay with you all knowing. Why? Because I decided that I shouldn’t hide my accomplishments and the things that I love anymore.

So in 2019 I’m going to be BOLD and write more books. I’m going to attend book events and I’m going to network with other authors. I’m going to make sure that I do what’s best for me, and only me (and Boston)..

Happy 2019! Make sure that as you make your way through this new year, celebrating yourself and your dreams, that you don’t allow anyone else to dictate the path you take.It’s yours and only yours and the next 365 days of your book can be filled with whatever you choose.