I can’t believe it’s that time of the year again! A lot has been going on in my life and I’ve been trying to make sense of it all these past few weeks, so I’ve been quiet on social media lately in order to tune out some of the noise. I still plan on being off social media until the new year, but I do want to write a few blog post before the end of the year.
Here are a few things I’ve been working on this past month:
- Packing, donating and throwing away things for my plans to move in February.
- Figuring out my writing goals for 2019
- Figuring out my personal goals for 2019
- Writing down my goals for each week in my new planner
Here are my weekly goals for 2019:
(The first four goals are taken from Scott Myers Go into the Story blog post.)
- Read 1 screenplay
- Watch 2 movies
- Write 7 pages
- 14 hours of prepping a story
- Listen to 3 podcast episodes
- Attend 3 hours of online classes
- Read 1 magazine from my Hollywood Reporter archive stack
- Read 1 book a month
- Write 1 blog post
- Eat 100% Whole Food Plant Based (no processed vegan junk food)
- Workout 4 times a week
- Write and/or record journal entry every day
- Dance it out 2 times a week (Yep, I’m taking a tip from Shonda Rhimes and dancing it out just like she had her Grey’s Anatomy characters do so many times. I danced it out a few times this past month and it felt amazing.)
So, these are my core goals for the new year. I’m really excited to see how my new goals are going to shape my progress as a writer and how my mental, physical and emotional health will develop over time. Plus, I can’t wait to share my journey with you all!
For the last few days, I’ve been listening to some old recordings I made of myself back in 2012. These were the beginning stages of me pursuing this screenwriting career. At first, I had no desire to listen to them, especially since I hate the sound of my voice, but one randomly popped up on my iPod and I started to listen. Surprisingly, I wasn’t filled with embarrassment like I thought I would be. While listening something inside me clicked.
Where is that girl?
She was so hopeful and bursting with energy. Staying up late nights and pounding out pages. Willing to go after every opportunity just to see if one of them was HER opportunity.
Had the Hollywood system beat me down before I even got my foot in the door?
It will be seven years this October, when I finally decided to take the leap into actively pursuing this career. At this point a lot of people may have given up. I’ve never felt like that, but I did need to step away for a moment to deal with some life situations.
As I listened to the old me, even through the tears, she was very determined to never give up no matter how long it took. Even if she didn’t become a successful working screenwriter she wanted to make sure that she did everything in her power to try to make it happen.
I soon realized that part of me never left. Even when I wasn’t writing I was thinking about it. Trying to come up with new ideas or new twist on old ones. That desire has always been in me.
Every screenwriters path is different. Some get to work in the industry straight out of college. Some have been trying to break in for ten plus years. My story is going to be different from everyone else, but as long as I have that drive to never give up and to keep writing.
Even if it takes ten more years…
You can count me in.
A week ago I decided to start a 21 day journey of getting back to the basics. I wanted to refocus my energy towards productivity and start focusing on myself mentally and physically.
Here’s what I posted on Twitter and Instagram:
On Monday, I was able to accomplish all of these goals (minus the blog post). I even walked in the rain! I was really proud of myself! Unfortunately, my week went downhill after that. While working my nine to five job on Tuesday morning, I got a running nose, itchy throat and started to sneeze. Yep, I caught a cold and here I thought I was feeling all accomplished from the day before. By the time I got home I couldn’t do anything but help my daughter with her homework, make her dinner and make myself go to bed. That’s how Wednesday played out too. So much for my 21 day challenge!
I didn’t want to give up so soon, so I stayed motivated and hoped that on Thursday I could hit the reset button. Unfortunately for me, I was reminded of how exhausting my day job could be when my co-worker a.k.a. right hand man is off Thursday and Friday. Plus I had a minor surgical procedure done Thursday that left me in discomfort for the next few days. So now I’m wondering why in the hell did I pick this week to start?
Instead of seeing this challenge as an utter failure on my end, I’ve decided to hit the reset button and start again on Monday. I literally have multiple deadlines breathing down my neck right now and I have to make this routine work. I don’t have a choice in the matter!
I could have easily written a post about how my 21 day challenge is going amazing and just secretly started back on Monday, but I have to be honest about my journey, which does include failures. I’m human. It happens.
Now it’s time to stop making excuses and get back on track.