A Writer's Life

"If you talk about it, it's a dream, if you envision it, it's possible, but if you schedule it, it's real." ~Tony Robbins
Ever since I was in 4th grade and beat out my friend Sheila in a story competition, I knew I wanted to write. I talked about it, furiously scribbled pages in my journal, occasionally submitted a story to the school newspaper, and talked about it some more. Life happened and the writing eventually slipped away. The past few summers I have attempted to blog, but the stories in my head rarely see the page. This is about to change and the time is now. My dreams will be scheduled. Writing will be a priority.  You see, my job as a teacher is draining the joy from my soul. The negativity that permeates my school and the state of education at the moment is so toxic that it is difficult to breathe. I need to search for a new light. Retirement is looming on the horizon; I need to envision a life full of challenges that will bring me a renewed sense of optimism. So today on this sunny Sunday in May I am setting goals. I have preached goal-setting to my sons and to my students. Now it is my time.

10 goals for a new life:
1. Write every day.
2. Practice, edit, and revise.
3. Write in different styles.
4. Publish in blog three times a week.
5. When an idea pops in my head, write it down. Keep notes on phone, iPad, and/or computer.
6. Discover venues to get writing published.
7. Ask for advice.
8. Read. Read. Read. Look at writers' styles.
9. Follow a few bloggers. Study their writing.
10. Have fun!

"A happy life consists in tranquility of mind." ~Cicero